Fletcher Research Group

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Karting - Autumn 2013

Our first Karting race!

from left to right:  Hengzhi, Philipp, Andrew, Florian, Emeline, Phil, Tina, Mireia, Manu, Steve (missing: Becky, Thomas). 



Mireia Sidera Portela

Mireia came to Oxford in October 2012 after finishing her PhD in Barcelona, Catalunya. She enjoys the pub, asymmetric catalysis and challenging synthetic targets.

Ignacio Colomer Utrera

Ignacio got his PhD in 2012 at the Spanish Research Council (CSIC). From 2014 to 2016 he was a Marie Curie Fellow in the Donohoe group at Oxford. He enjoys reading, cooking and the magic of gin and tonic.

Jesús González Martínez

Jesús got his PhD at the University of Oviedo in 2016. He joined the Fletcher group to work on asymmetric catalysis and enjoys sports and the pub.

Andrew Bissette

Andrew completed his DPhil in the Fletcher group in 2015. He studies self-reproducing systems relevant to the origins of life.

Sedef Karabiyikoglu

Sedef came to Oxford in August 2016 after receiving her PhD degree from UCLA, USA. She received her BSc and MSc degrees from METU, Turkey and enjoys organometallic chemistry, chatting and watching anime. 

Iuliia Myrgorodska

Iuliia got her PhD in France (University of Nice) and she is working on the asymmetric chemical reactions relevant for the origins of life. She enjoys watching TV series.
















DPhil Students


Thomas Palacin

4th year DPhil at St Peter’s College / OxIOSCR Innovative Doctoral Programme. Thomas is involved in the development and application of catalytic asymmetric methods. He enjoys challenging synthetic targets, rugby, board games and the pub. 

Nisha Mistry

3rd DPhil at Oriel College. Nisha has a masters degree from Imperial College and likes shoes and the pub.

Sarah Morrow

3rd year DPhil at University College/ Oxford CDT in Synthesis for Biology & Medicine. Sarah has an MChem degree from Jesus College, Oxford. She is investigating asymmetric autocatalytic reactions, which may have played an important role in the origin of nature's homochirality. She loves fell walking, reading and baking.

Reece Jacques

2nd year DPhil at St Hilda's College/ Oxford CDT in Synthesis for Biology & Medicine. Aside from chemistry he enjoys a wide range of sports, and devotes as much time as possible (and most of his money) to attending gigs and music festivals.

Robert Scanes

2nd year DPhil at University College/ Oxford CDT in Synthesis for Biology & Medicine. Robert is investigating asymmetric autocatalytic reactions. When not in the lab, he enjoys dealing in antiques, reading early printed books and the quizzing circuit.

Elias 'The Beerd' Post

1th year DPhil at Worcester College. Elias has a masters degree from Radboud University in the Netherlands and is currently working on development of new autocatalytic reactions. He likes to play squash, to brew beer and to go to the pub.

Philipp Schäfer

4th year DPhil at Wolfson College / OxIOSCR Innovative Doctoral Programme. Philipp works on the design and application of asymmetric catalysis. He enjoys sports, the pub and other ways of meeting new and interesting people. 


Zhenbo Gao

3rd DPhil at St Edmund Hall. Zhenbo has a masters degree from Imperial College and enjoys stereogenic centres and the pub.


Ruchuta ‘Nod’ Ardkhean

3rd year DPhil at Lady Margaret Hall / Oxford CDT in Synthesis for Biology & Medicine. Ruchuta (Nod) has an MChem degree from Magdalen College, Oxford. Her research focuses on rationalisation of asymmetric catalysis by means of experimental and computational chemistry.


Alexandre Brethomé

2nd year DPhil at Wolfson College/ Oxford CDT in Synthesis for Biology & Medicine. Alexandre is working in the Fletcher group and collaborates with Rob Paton. Apart from chemistry he enjoys swimming, reading and hiking.


Alexander Hell

1st year DPhil at Lincoln College. Alexander is involved in the synthesis of new ligands and their application in asymmetric catalysis. He has a BSc and MSc degree from RWTH Aachen University, Germany and enjoys organometallic chemistry, travelling, and the pub.


Joseph Wang

1st year DPhil at Keble College. Prior to Oxford, Joseph studied at the Australian National University in Canberra (his beloved home town). He enjoys chemistry, pub and then chemistry again.



Part II Students


Ella Wren

Ella is a Part II student at Keble College. She is working on asymmetric catalysis, and enjoys football and baking.

Jonathan Taylor

Jonny is a Part II student at University College. He is working on asymmetric catalysis and likes sailing.