Dr Claire Simons - BSc PhD MRSC CChem
I graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Chemistry from Kings College London in 1989 and continued at Kings to undertake a Ph.D. in the laboratories of Professor Colin B. Reese on “Studies in the synthesis of ribonucleoside and oligonucleotide analogues”. On completion of my Ph.D. in 1992 I obtained a NIH exchange fellowship and worked at the Michigan Cancer Foundation (now the Karmanos Cancer Institute), Detroit, USA on the synthesis of antiviral allenic derived nucleic acids under the supervision of Dr Jiri Zemlicka. In 1994 I returned to Europe to take up a postdoctoral position at the Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles, Gif-sur-Yvette, Paris to work on the Taxol project under the supervision of Dr Francoise Kuong-Huu and a postdoctoral position at the University of Leicester in the laboratories of Dr Paul Jenkins involving studies towards the total synthesis of Taxol. I joined the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences as a lecturer in 1995 and currently hold the position of Senior Lecturer.