The group currently consists of the PI, 2 CNRS research scientists, 3 postdoctoral fellows, 8 PhD students, and 1 administrative assistant.
CNRS Research Scientists (2)
Dr. David Leboeuf (PhD 2010, UPMC-Paris VI)
After graduating from ESPCI with an engineering degree, David pursued his Ph.D. with Pr. Max Malacria at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie until December 2009, where he explored new cobalt-, rhodium-, and gold-catalyzed cyclizations. After two and half years of postdoctoral research at the University of Rochester with Pr. Alison Frontier studying Nazarov electrocyclizations and one year at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) with Pr. Antonio Echavarren developing new gold-catalysts, he was appointed by the CNRS as Chargé de Recherche (Assistant Professor) in 2013 at the Université Paris-Sud. In 2017, he became Associate Professor, before deciding to join our lab in November 2019 to cultivate the use of hexafluoroisopropanol in synthesis with Joseph, while continuing independently his studies on supramolecular chemistry. Outside work, he is a huge fan of PSG and enjoys reading, travelling and a nice glass of gin.
Dr. Kamila Muchowska (PhD 2015, Edinburgh)
Kamila was born and raised in Gdansk, Poland and obtained her MSc Eng degree in Chemical Technology from Gdansk University of Technology in 2011. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Edinburgh, Scotland to pursue a PhD in physical organic chemistry with Dr Scott Cockroft and defended in September 2015. Kamila joined the Moran group as a postdoc in January 2016 to develop metabolism-like reactions potentially related to the origin of life. In October 2019, she joined the CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research) as an independent research scientist (chargé de recherche) associated with our lab and launched a project using her engineering background to create out-of-equilibrium prebiotic environments in flow. Outside work, she enjoys everything science-y, a good workout, training martial arts, listening to opera and experimenting with food, not necessarily at the same time. Click here for her personal homepage.
Postdoctoral Fellows (3)
Dr. Abhijit Sau (PhD 2014, Calcutta)
Abhijit obtained his Ph.D. from Bose Institute (Kolkata, India) in 2014 under the supervision of Prof. Anup Kumar Misra on synthetic carbohydrate chemistry. Thereafter he was awarded the Johan Gadolin Postdoctoral fellowship in 2014 from Åbo Akademi University, Finland. In October 2015 he joined the group of Prof. Carmen Galan at the University of Bristol, UK where he explored new stereoselective synthetic methods to access carbohydrate libraries and glycoconjugates drug analogues. In June 2018, he joined the Moran lab as a Marie Curie postdoc fellow, where his main aim is to explore the applications of vibrational strong coupling to synthetic chemistry. Outside work, Abhijit enjoys watching cricket, football, reading books and travelling.
Dr. Ankita Malik (PhD 2019, MPI Colloids and Interfaces)
Ankita was born and raised in Haryana, India. She obtained her Bachelors and Masters degrees in basic science from IISER, Pune. She moved to Potsdam, Germany to pursue a PhD in carbohydrate chemistry at Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces under the supervision of Daniel Varón Silva and Peter Seeberger. She obtained her doctoral degree in April 2019 and joined our group in June 2019 to work on metabolic processes related to the origin of life. Outside work, she likes travelling, hiking and trying different foods.
Robin Isnard (PhD 2019, Paris-Est Créteil)
Robin was born in Lyon (France). In 2016, he obtained an MSc Eng degree in Analytical Chemistry from the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering School (CPE Lyon). Thereafter, he joined the group of Prof. Hervé Cottin at the University of Paris-Est Créteil where he did his PhD in astrochemistry, more specifically on the characterization of the organic matter contained in the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In October 2019, he joined the Moran lab as a postdoc, working on analytical developments for the analysis of compounds related to prebiotic metabolism. Outside work, he likes popularizing science, playing piano and doing geeky stuff.
PhD Students (8)
Elodie Chevallot-Beroux (MSc 2016, Strasbourg)
Elodie was born in Troyes, France. She completed her Master and Engineer studies in Strasbourg at the European School of Chemistry, Polymers and Materials. In September 2016, she joined our team to develop catalytic reactions that mimic core metabolism. Outside work, Elodie enjoys running, swimming, CrossFit and making her own clothes thanks to couture. She is currently writing her thesis.
Lucas Lethuillier (MSc 2016, Strasbourg)
Lucas was born in 1993 in St Avold (France). In 2016, he completed a Master’s degree in Chemistry & Biology at the University of Strasbourg. He joined the team in October 2016 to work on reaction sequences inspired by metabolism as well as site-selective reactions under Vibrational Strong Coupling. Outside work, he’s a DJ and treasurer for an association that he created with friends to promote the music they love. He also enjoys playing soccer and basketball. Lucas is currently writing his thesis.
Paul Chatelain (MSc 2017, Strasbourg)
A true European (half French, half German) Paul was born in Dijon, France (the city of mustard!) and raised in Paris, Vienna, The Hague and Freiburg (Germany). In 2017, he completed a Master’s degree in Chemistry & Biology at the University of Strasbourg. He joined the team in October 2017 with an MRT fellowship to work on new types of Suzuki cross-couplings. He speaks three languages (English, French, German), is a keen traveler and a lover of exotic cuisine.
Florent Noel (MSc 2017, Strasbourg)
Florent was born in New Caledonia, France. He completed his MSc in molecular and supramolecular chemistry in 2017 at the University of Strasbourg. In November 2017, he joined our team to develop new ways to enable direct catalytic substitution of alcohols. His PhD is co-financed by a scholarship from the Région Grand-Est. Outside work, Florent enjoys working out, long-boarding, reading and cinema.
Shaofei Zhang (MSc 2016, Shaanxi Normal University)
Shaofei comes from Shaanxi, China and studied chemistry at the Northwesten University, China. He joined Prof. Yu Fang’s group at Shaanxi Normal University in 2013, where he obtained his MSc in 2016. Afterwards, he worked at SRED as a chemical engineer. He won a CSC fellowship and joined our team in November 2017 to work on mechanistic studies of boronic acid catalysis. Outside the lab, he enjoys photography, badminton, table tennis and basketball.
Jing Yi (MSc 2018, Strasbourg)
Jing was born in Hunan and raised in Canton, south of China. She obtained her IUT in Chemistry from Le Mans, then Master’s degrees in Chemistry-Biology and Supramolecular Chemistry at the University of Strasbourg. In October 2018, Jing joined our team with a CSC fellowship to work on the prebiotic polymerization of amino acids. Jing speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, English, French and is learning German. She’s a world traveler, photographer, animal rights activist and a true ecologist.
Harpreet was born and raised in India (Punjab) before moving to Italy with her family in 2007, where she completed her secondary education. She obtained a Masters in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Technologies in October 2018 from the University of Siena. In September 2019, she joined the group to explore the world of prebiotic chemistry. She enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures and traditions, having lived in three different countries. She also enjoys trying new recipes, painting, badminton, trekking, and music.
Sophia was born in Würzburg and raised in Gemünden am Main, Germany. After completing the French-German bachelor’s programme Regio Chimica, she obtained her Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Freiburg in 2019. She joined our group in September 2019 to work on reactions associated with prebiotic metabolism. Outside work, she enjoys hiking, yoga and cooking.
Masters Project Students
Former Postdoctoral Fellows
Dr. Kamila Muchowska (2016-2019). Current position: CNRS Research Scientist, Strasbourg, France (associated with our lab!).
Dr. Jan N. Gorges (2018-2019). Current position: Laboratory leader, BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany.
Edward Richmond (2014-2018). Leverhulme Trust fellow. Current position: Laboratory leader, BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany.
Leandro Cotos-Muñoz (2014-2015). Current position: Postdoc at ECPM, Strasbourg.
Malik Hellal (2012-2015). Marie Curie fellow. Current position: PolyPlus-Transfection, Illkirch, France.
Florian Falk (2012-2013). French Embassy fellow. After: BaChem, Basel, Switzerland Current position: Bayer CropScience, Basel Switzerland.
Former PhD Students
Eléna Wolf (2012-2015). After: Postdoc at BASF JONAS (2015-2017). Current position: Laboratory leader, BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany.
Marian Dryzhakov (2012-2016). Current position: JSPS Postdoc at University of Tokyo (Prof. Makoto Fujita).
Sreejith Varma (2015-2018). Current position: Postdoc at Charité Hospital, Berlin, Germany (Prof. Markus Ralser).
Vuk Vukovic (2015-2019). Current position: Culture manager and choir director, Russian Orthodox Church.
Former Visiting PhD Students
Anton Gudz (Gagné group, UNC Chapel Hill, USA, July 2018-February 2019)
Stefania Musolino (Smith/Taylor groups, St Andrews, Scotland, August-October 2017)
Former Masters Project Students
Capucine Loth (M1, 2019), Subhradip Kundu (M2, 2018), Florent Noel (M2, 2017), Paul Chatelain (M2, 2017), Jing Yi (M1 and M2, 2016, 2017), Guang Li (M1 and M2, 2015, 2016), Nour Hussein (M1, 2015), Margot Combas (M2, 2014), Anaëlle Bolley (M1, 2014)