Last Updated: September 2016 2015

Present Group Members


Gajan Santhakumar


Gajan graduated from the University of York, which included a year at F. Hoffmann La Roche AG, under the supervision of Dr. Rosa Maria Rodriguez Sarmiento. Upon the completion of his undergraduate degree he conducted his PhD guided by Prof. Richard Payne at the University of Sydney. His thesis focussed on the total synthesis of non-ribosomal peptide natural products. This was followed by a postdoctoral position within Prof. Mark Rizzacasa’s group at the University of Melbourne, working towards the total synthesis of myxobacterial metabolites. In 2017 he returned to London, joining the Braddock group as an EPSRC supported PDRA.

PhD Students

Karim Bahou


Karim did his undergraduate degree at University College London in Natural Sciences (MSci) and worked in Steve Caddick's group on the development of new methods for hydroacylation of C=C and N=N double bonds. Karim joined the Braddock group on a joint Imperial-CSIRO PhD studentship in October 2013 researching halogenated natural products as anti-malarial leads. Karim is a keen supporter of London Wasps rugby club and enjoys cycling and watching live music.

  • "Kinetic Benchmarking Reveals the Competence of Prenyl Groups in Ring-Closing Metathesis" - DOI
  • Quintin Lo


    Quintin Lo starts his PhD in October 2015 as a Pharmacat supported studentship. Quintin completed his undergraduate degree at Imperial College. He carried out his final year project under the supervision of George Britovsek on the development of new catalysts for the oligomerisation of ethylene. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling and reading.

  • "Mechanistic Studies on the Copper-Catalyzed N‐Arylation of Alkylamines Promoted by Organic Soluble Ionic Bases" - DOI
  • "Mechanistic and Performance Studies on the Ligand-Promoted Ullmann Amination Reaction" - DOI
  • Yusrah Al-Gharebawi


    Yusrah starts her PhD in October 2016 (DTG funding).

    Albert Shi


    Albert joins the group to start his PhD as funded by CSC.

    Daniel O'Reilly


    Dan rejoined the group in October 2017 to start his PhD (DTG funding).

    MRes Students

    Shijia Zhu


    Shijia joins the group on the Green MRes course.

    Lu Yu


    Lu joins the group on the Green MRes course.

    Inyoung Cho


    Inyoung joins the group on the Catalysis MRes course.

    Tianyou He


    Tianyou joins the group on the Chemical Biology MRes course.

    Jeremy Xue


    Jeremy joins the group on the Drug Discovery MRes course.

    MSci Students

    Michael Cheung


    Michael joins the group to look at some halogenated natural product derivatives.

    Brendan Zhu


    Brendan joins the group to look at some olefin metathesis chemistry.

    BSc Students

    Panayiota Kelis


    Pani will join the group for her final year BSc project.

    Masih Nilforoushan


    Mashi will join the group for his final year BSc project.