Elliot Farrar

First year PhD student, funded by the EPSRC


Elliot is currently a PhD student in the Grayson Group at the University of Bath. Elliot graduated from the University of Cambridge in Natural Sciences in 2018 before joining the University of Bath later that year. Elliot’s main academic interests lie in the computational modelling and investigation of organic chemical reactions.

Piers Townsend

MRes student, funded by the CSCT CDT


Piers graduated from Bangor University in 2018 with an MChem in Chemistry.  During his degree, Piers undertook a summer internship at Liquids Research Ltd where he was involved in the synthesis and characterisation of ferromagnetic fluids. In his third year, he did a computational project under the supervision of Dr. Keith Hughes, where he studied the quantum dynamics of charge-transfer in bulk architecture heterojunction photovoltaic devices. For his Masters project, Piers explored his interest in sustainability and investigated whether plastic mixtures can be characterised using 1H NMR spectroscopy. In his spare time Piers likes playing video games, playing table tennis and exploring the philosophy of our existence.

Connor Smieja

Undergraduate project student, MChem Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Industrial Training

Connor Smieja

During his year in industry, Connor worked at GlaxoSmithKline’s Stevenage R&D site as part of a medicinal chemistry team, designing and synthesising novel molecules to treat fibrotic diseases. In his Masters project, Connor will use computational approaches to model carbon-heteroatom bond forming reactions to aid in the design of covalent drugs.

Connor Wallis

Undergraduate project student, MSci Natural Sciences with Professional Placement

Connor Wallis

Connor is currently a final year undergraduate studying for an MSci in Natural Sciences at the University of Bath. During his placement year, he undertook a research position at the University of Georgia investigating drug mechanisms of action on parasitic filarial nematodes. He is now undertaking a final year project using computational chemistry to model covalent bond forming reactions. Outside of the lab, Connor enjoys competitive trampolining and playing video games.

Monica Smith

Undergraduate project student, MChem Chemistry for Drug Discovery