Current Members

Scott Cockroft Scott Cockroft - CV

Scott is senior lecturer in the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh. He conducted postdoctoral work with Prof. M. Reza Ghadiri at The Scripps Research Institute, California (2006-2007) and his PhD with Prof. Christopher A. Hunter FRS at the University of Sheffield (2002-2006). He enjoys a good red wine and Shpongle.

Jamie Withers Jamie Withers
PostDoc, 2018–

Jamie joined the Cockroft group in January after previously completing a postdoc with Glenn Burley at the University of Strathclyde, where he studied fluorous-directed nucleic acid assembly. He obtained his PhD at Massey University, New Zealand, where his research focused on using transition-metal coordination to control G-Quadruplex assembly. He is now working on transmembrane molecular machines.

Marius Haugland Marius Haugland
PostDoc, 2017–

Marius joins the Cockroft group from the group of Prof. Ed Anderson at the University of Oxford, where he did his PhD research on spin labelling DNA in collaboration with Prof. Tom Brown (Oxford) and Dr Janet Lovett (St Andrews). He is now working on transmembrane molecular machines. In his spare time, Marius enjoys singing and going to the gym.

Stefan Borsley Stefan Borsley
PostDoc, 2016–

Stefan will be joining the lab in November. He conducted his PhD research with Dr Euan Kay at St Andrews working in the area of nanoparticle-based materials, focusing on dynamic covalent control of gold nanoparticles. Outside of chemistry, he enjoys travelling and photography, which is convenient, as the two go well together.

Antoine Bader Antoine Bader
PostDoc, 2017–, PhD Student, 2013–2017

Antoine joined the group as a PhD student in 2013, and is now focussing on writing up his research on DNA based logic for publication as postdoc. He obtained his Masters degree in chemistry and Biology from the University of Strasbourg. His final year was spent working in Strasbourg on the organic synthesis. Outside of work he enjoys sport and travelling.

Andrew West Andrew West
PhD Student, 2017–

Andrew West, formerly of Sheffield Hallam University, joined the group in 2017 having completed his integrated masterís degree with Dr Simon Turega and Dr Alexander Hamilton based around research into the relationships between conformation strain and the strength of intramolecular non-covalent interactions using chemical model systems. In his spare time he enjoys good music, good food and reading about twentieth century history.

Xavi Xavier Garcia Llinŗs
PhD Student, 2017–

Xavier joined the group in 2017 from the Universidad de las Islas Baleares, Spain, having completed his final year project with Dr Antonio Frontera on non-covalent carbon bonds in biological systems. In his spare time he enjoys reading, practicing sports like fencing and swimming, and learning new ways to better manage his diabetes.

Alex Elmi Alex Elmi
PhD Student, 2016–

Alex graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a Masterís in Chemistry with Drug Discovery, which included a placement with Technolgie Servier in Orlťans, and a final year project under the supervision of Prof. Jonathan Percy. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to and making music, as well as writing short biographies summarising his academic history.

Rebecca Burns Rebecca Burns
PhD Student, 2015–

Rebecca graduated with a Master's degree in Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh in 2015 having completed her final year project with Dr Andrew Lawrence. Rebecca joined the Cockroft group as a Principal's Career Development Scholar. During the summers of 2012 - 14, she undertook research projects within the School of Chemistry at Edinburgh. Outside of the lab, she enjoys listening to and playing music as well as watching TV and reading the occasional novel.

Qingshu Zheng Qingshu Zheng
PhD Student, 2014–

Qingshu graduated with a Master's Degree in Natural Science from Fudan University, spending some of his time working on metal-organic frameworks within the group of Yaming Zhou. He travelled to Edinburgh in 2014 to work on physical organic projects within the Cockroft Group. Outside of work he enjoys playing badminton, swimming and running.

Dominic Pascoe Dominic Pascoe
PhD Student, 2014–

Dominic completed his Masterís degree in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh where he undertook a year in industry at GSK, Philadelphia. Having completed his final year project in the Cockroft Group he decided to join a PhD project in collaboration with Syngenta. In his spare time he finds himself mainly sitting in comfy seats, eating tasty treats with brief forays to the outside world to the cinema followed by a leisurely evening at the local pub.

Nicole Meredith Nicole Meredith
PhD Student, 2014–

Nicole graduated with a master's degree in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield in 2014 having completed a final year project with Lance Twyman on the creation of a light harvesting system using hyperbranched polymers. During her degree she also completed a 9 week organic synthesis placement with Joe Harrity during the summer of 2013. Like Dominic she joined the group for a PhD in collaboration with Syngenta.

Karina Karina Krogstrup
Technical Intern, 2017–

Karina joined the group as a trainee technician intern from Copenhagen, Denmark on a 12-month ERASMUS+ programme. Aside from her day-to-day technician work, Karina is working on a synthetic molecular balances project. In her spare time Karina enjoys eating Nordic salty liquorice, which is laced with ammonium chloride. The MSDS indicates that ammonium chloride is "irritant", "harmful if swallowed" and should be "kept out of reach of children"...

Former PhD Students

Mr Antoine Bader
Graduating 2018
Post-Doctoral Researcher with Scott Cockroft (Edinburgh)

Dr Nicholas Dominelli Whiteley
Graduated 2017
Post-Doctoral Researcher with Marcey Waters (University of North Carolina, USA)

Dr Justinas Slikas
Graduated 2017
Post-Doctoral Researcher with James Murray (Imperial) then research scientist at Base4 Innovation, Cambridge

Dr Kamila Muchowska
Graduated 2016
Post-Doctoral Researcher with Joseph Moran (Strasbourg)

Dr Thomas Hubbard
Graduated 2015
Synthetic Chemist at Innospec

Dr Catherine Adam
Graduated 2015
Post-Doctoral Researcher with Jonathan Clayden (Manchester/Bristol), then Asier Unciti-Broceta (Edinburgh)

Dr Matthew Watson
Graduated 2015
Post-Doctoral Researcher with Roman Tuma and Sheena Radford (Leeds)

Dr James Brown
Graduated 2014

Dr Ioulia Mati
Graduated 2012
Post-Doctoral Researcher with Colin Campbell (Edinburgh) then Euan Kay (St Andrews)

Dr Lixu Yang
Graduated 2012
Post-Doctoral Researcher with Neil Champness (Nottingham)

Former postdocs

Dr James Cooper
PostDoc, 2015–2017
Postdoc with Prof. Sir J. Fraser Stoddart (Northwestern University, USA)

Dr Matthew Watson
PostDoc, 2015–2017

Dr Michael Ochsenkuehn
PostDoc, 2010–2011
Postdoc at KAUST, Saudia Arabia, then Researcher at New York University, Abu Dhabi

Dr John Brazier
PostDoc, 2009–2010
Postdoc with King Kuok (Mimi) Hii, (Imperial College London)

Project students and visitors

Mohanish Borana
MSc Student, 2017

Karina Krogstrup
Technical Intern, 2017–2018

Anja Neumann
MSc Student, 2016

Simon Sponholtz
Technical Intern, 2016

Amy Marshall
BSc Student, 2014–2015

Daniel Dodd
BSc Student, 2014

Dominic Pascoe
MChem Student, 2013–2014

Lucy Antrobus
MChem Student, 2012–2013

Jack Harris
MChem Student, 2011–2012

Susie Metcalfe
BSc Student, 2010–2011

Eugene Guobin Choon
Visiting Student, 2010

Catherine Adam
MChem Student, 2009–2010

Bobby Oag
BSc Student, 2007–2008

Militsa Yaneva
MChem Student, 2016–2017

Tay McDonald
MChem (RME) Student, 2016

Christopher Evans
MChem Student, 2015–2016

Sarah McArthur
MChem Student, 2014–2015

Hannah Paterson
MChem Student, 2013–2014

Ksenia Aleksankina
MChem Student, 2013–2014

Calum Ferguson
MChem Student, 2012–2013

Gemma Gowrie
MChem Student, 2011–2012

Basile Wicky
Visiting Student, 2010–2011

Urszula Wolkowicz
BSc Student, 2009–2010

Tereza Vokata
MChem Student, 2008–2009

Stefanie Noe
Visiting Student, 2008–2009

Ewan Bain
MChem Student, 2016–2017

Simon Thornewill von Essen
MChem (RME) Student, 2016

Alethea Han Hui He
BSc Student, 2015–2016

Jakob Jessen
Technical Intern, 2014–2015

Fredrik Karlsson
MChem Student, 2014–2015

Ben Moss
BSc Student, 2013–2014

Shona Cammack
MChem Student, 2012–2013

Graeme Rogers
MSc Student, 2012

Hayat P. H. Saifuddin
MSc Student, 2011

Nicholas Dominelli Whiteley
MChem Student, 2010–2011

Sophie Spurr
MChem Student, 2009–2010

Kirsten Strain
MChem Student, 2008–2009

Group Photos

Group photo 2015

Cockroft group and Scott's bride, Loch Ard, September 2015.

Group photo 2013

Cockroft group, Hanam's Restaurant, Edinburgh, December 2013.