Current Members

Scott Cockroft Prof. Scott L. Cockroft

Scott was born and raised in the district of Calderdale, West Yorkshire (1980-1998). He joined the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh in 2007 as lecturer and was promoted to Professor in 2019 as Personal Chair of Supramolecular Chemistry. Prior to this 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. His eyes are often "funny" because he suffers from myasthenia gravis.

You? PhD to start in 2020
PhD Student, 2020–

A position is available working in collaboration with Afton Chemical Ltd to examine the molecular basis for friction. To apply, or for more details, please email a CV to scott.cockroft[at]

Ivan Smoliar Ivan Smoliar
PhD Student, 2019–

Ivan Smoliar joined the Cockroft group in 2019 to work on a PhD project examining the fundamental principles governing interactions and chemical reactions. In his spare time he enjoys playing double bass.

Dan Edwards Daniel Edwards
PhD Student, 2019–

Dan secured an EASTBIO PhD studentship to join the group in 2019 where he will be working in collaboration with Dr Amanda Jarvis (School of Chemistry, Edinburgh) to examine catalytic reactions inside modified protein nanopores. Dan is a keen musician and enjoys hiking especially in his local area on the Norfolk Broads, unfortunately a long way from Edinburgh!

Dominic Cairns-Gibson Dominic Cairns-Gibson
PhD Student, 2018–

Dom originally joined the group in 2017 as a final-year undergraduate project student having previously worked on DNA nanocapsules in Dr Jessica Rouge's lab at the University of Connecticut during his year abroad. He enjoyed himself so much that he stayed on to start a PhD in the Cockroft group in the summer of 2018. His affectionate group nickname is deltaG.

Andrew West Andrew West
PhD Student, 2017–

Andrew West, formerly of Sheffield Hallam University, joined the group in 2017 having completed his integrated master’s 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.

Alex Elmi Alex Elmi
PhD Student, 2016–

Alex graduated from the University of Strathclyde with a Master’s in Chemistry with Drug Discovery, which included a placement with Technolgie Servier in Orléans, 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.

Former PhD Students

Dr Nicole Meredith
Graduated 2019
Formulation Scientist at Lonza (Livingston, UK)

Dr Qingshu Zheng
Graduated 2019
Postdoc (Fudan University, China)

Dr Dominic Pascoe
Graduated 2018
Postgrad Medicine (St. Andrews/Dundee, UK)

Dr Antoine Bader
Graduated 2018
ATDBio (Oxford, UK)

Dr Nicholas Dominelli Whiteley
Graduated 2017
Postdoc with Marcey Waters (University of North Carolina, USA) then Postgrad Medicine (St. Andrews/Dundee, UK)

Dr Justinas Slikas
Graduated 2017
Postdoc with James Murray (Imperial) then research scientist at Base4 Innovation, Cambridge

Dr Kamila Muchowska
Graduated 2016
Postdoc with Joseph Moran (Strasbourg), then Chargée de Recherche CNRS University of Strasbourg, France.

Dr Thomas Hubbard
Graduated 2015
Synthetic Chemist at Innospec

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

Dr Matthew Watson
Graduated 2015
Postdoc with Roman Tuma and Sheena Radford (Leeds)

Dr James Brown
Graduated 2014

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

Dr Ma Long
Graduated 2012 (co-supervised with Prof. Anita Jones)
Post-Doctoral Researcher with Prof. David O'Hagan (St Andrews)

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

Former postdocs

Dr Sam Oldknow
Postdoc, 2018–2019
Postdoc with Dr. Paul Lusby (Edinburgh, UK)

Dr Marius Haugland
Postdoc, 2017–2018
Postdoc with Prof. Ed Anderson (Oxford, UK)

Dr Stefan Borsley
Postdoc, 2016–2018
Postdoc with Prof. Dave Leigh FRS (Manchester, UK)

Dr Jamie Withers
Postdoc, 2018
Postdoc with Prof. Glen Burley (University of Strathclyde, Glasdow, UK)

Dr Dominic Pascoe
Postdoc, 2018
Postgrad Medicine (St. Andrews/Dundee, UK)

Dr Antoine Bader
Postdoc, 2017–2018
ATDBio (Oxford, UK)

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

Dr Matthew Watson
Postdoc, 2015–2017
Postdoc with Roman Tuma and Sheena Radford (University of Leeds, UK)

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

Felix Roughton
BSc Student, 2019–2020

Vesela Zarkina
Afton Chemical Summer Scholarship Student, 2019

Reinis Rudzitis
Summer Student, 2019

Laura Fineron
4P MChem Student, 2019

Mia Kapun
4P MChem Student, 2018

Louise Biden
BSc Student, 2018–2019

Katie Grant
Deans summer scholarship, 2017

Lucy McQuade
MChem (RME) Student, 2017

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

Andrew Cummins
4P MChem Student, 2019

Kris Chambers
4P MChem Student, 2019

Adelina Ivanova
4P MChem Student, 2018

Artem Goldort
BSc Student, 2018–2019

Lydia Bowman
MChem Student, 2017–2018

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

Peter Ning
4P MChem Student, 2019

Sarah Aitken
4P MChem Student, 2018

Hubert Liu
MChem Student, 2018–2019

Dominic Cairns-Gibson
MChem Student, 2017–2018

Alvaro Gallego
MChem (RME) Student, 2017

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.