The group currently consists of the PI, 2 CNRS research scientists, 3 postdoctoral fellows, 7 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. Click here for his personal homepage.
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. 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.
Lucas Lethuillier (PhD 2019, 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 as PhD student in October 2016 to work on site-selective reactions under Vibrational Strong Coupling. Since defending his thesis in November 2019, he is working on a secret industrial collaboration. 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.
Nicolas Zeidan (PhD 2020, Toronto)
Nicolas was born in Toronto, Canada and raised in the suburbs thereof. He obtained his PhD in July 2020 in the group of Mark Lautens at the University of Toronto studying palladium-catalyzed heterocycle synthesis and functionalization by aromatization and dearomatization. Nicolas joined the Moran group as a Marie Curie postdoc fellow in September 2020 to pursue the origin of life research program. Outside work, Nicolas likes video games (fall back career) and going to the gym.
PhD Students (7)
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 and new applications of HFIP in 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.
Cyprien Muller (MSc 2020, Strasbourg)
Cyprien was born in 1997 in Metz (France). In 2018, he obtained his BSc degree in physical chemistry in Strasbourg, and then enrolled in the Graduate School for Complex Systems Chemistry of Strasbourg, from which he graduated in 2020. He joined the team as a PhD student in August 2020 (funded by Total) to work on Vibrational Strong Coupling and supramolecular catalysis. In his free time, he likes cooking, playing and watching sports, and is a big Racing club of Strasbourg fan. He also enjoys video games and used to be a content producer on YouTube.
Masters Project Students
Former Postdoctoral Fellows
Florian Falk (2012-2013). French Embassy fellow. After: BaChem, Basel, Switzerland Current position: Bayer CropScience, Basel Switzerland.
Malik Hellal (2012-2015). Marie Curie fellow. Current position: PolyPlus-Transfection, Illkirch, France.
Leandro Cotos-Muñoz (2014-2015). Current position: Postdoc at ECPM, Strasbourg.
Edward Richmond (2014-2018). Leverhulme Trust fellow. Current position: Laboratory leader, BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany.
Dr. Jan N. Gorges (2018-2019). ERC postdoc. Current position: Laboratory leader, BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany.
Dr. Kamila Muchowska (2016-2019). ERC postdoc. Current position: CNRS Research Scientist, Strasbourg, France (associated with our lab!).
Robin Isnard (2020). Current: Science media and writing for the public.
Dr. Abhijit Sau (2018-2020) Marie Curie postdoc VSC_Cat. Current: Starting as tenure track PI at IICT Hyderabad in November 2020.
Former PhD Students
Eléna Wolf (2012-2015). MRT Fellow. After: Postdoc at BASF JONAS (2015-2017). Current position: Laboratory leader, BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany.
Marian Dryzhakov (2012-2016). Région Alsace fellow. After: JSPS Postdoc at University of Tokyo, Japan (Prof. Makoto Fujita). Current position: Business Development and External Affairs, Tokyo Tech Startups, Tokyo, Japan.
Sreejith Varma (2015-2018). ERC PhD student. Current position: Postdoc at Charité Hospital, Berlin, Germany (Prof. Markus Ralser).
Vuk Vukovic (2015-2019). MRT Fellow. Current position: European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France.
Lucas Lethuillier (2016-2019). ERC PhD student. Current position: Industrial postdoc working on a collaboration between Moran/Ebbesen labs and a major chemical company.
Elodie Chevallot-Beroux (2016-2019). ERC PhD student. Current position: Research scientist, Inovame, Marlenheim, France.
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 Internal Masters Project Students
Valentyn Pozhydaiev (M1, 2020), Martin Power (M2, 2020), Joris Zimmermann (M2, 2020), Louis -Albin Gravillier (M2, 2020), Eugènie Pincemail (M1, 2020), Capucine Loth (M1, 2019), Subhradip Kundu (M2, 2018), Florent Noel (M2, 2017), Paul Chatelain (M2, 2017), Jing Yi (M1, 2016; M2, 2017), Guang Li (M1, 2015; M2, 2016), Nour Hussein (M1, 2015), Margot Combas (M2, 2014), Anaëlle Bolley (M1, 2014)
Former Visiting Masters Students
Elodie Didier (M1 University of Geneva, 2020), Daria Brykczyńska (M1 Poznań University, 2020)