The group currently consists of the PI, 2 postdoctoral fellows, 7 PhD students, 1 visiting PhD student, 1 MSc student and 1 part-time administrative assistant.
Postdoctoral Fellows (3)
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 group in January 2016 to develop metabolism-like reactions potentially related to the origin of life. She has already published two papers with the group. 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.
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 group 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. Jan N. Gorges (PhD 2018, Saarland)
Jan was born in Tholey, Germany in 1991 and obtained a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the Saarland University. In 2018 he finished his PhD in the field of natural product synthesis at the Institute for Organic Chemistry (Saarbrücken, Germany). In October 2018 he joined the group to get more insight into prebiotic metabolism. Outside work, he likes cooking, travelling, doing sports and is interested in programming and crafting.
PhD Students (8)
Sreejith Varma (MSc 2014, Pune)
Sreejith was born and brought up in the south Indian city of Cochin. He completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s studies at IISER Pune. He began his PhD studies in our group in September 2015, with a focus on understanding how amino acids could be synthesized and polymerized in the context of a carbon-fixing prebiotic metabolism. He has already published 3 papers with the group. In his spare time he enjoys trekking, travelling, origami, doing crazy (funny/amazing) science experiments, training himself to be a crazy scientist, cooking and classical violin. Sreejith successfully defended his thesis in October 2018 and will head off to a postdoctoral position at Charité Hospital in Berlin in February 2019.
Vuk Vukovic (MSc 2015, Strasbourg)
Vuk was born in Belgrade, Serbia, where he graduated from the University of Belgrade. In 2015, Vuk obtained a Master’s degree in Chemistry and Biology at the University of Strasbourg. He joined our team in September 2015 with an MRT scholarship to work on dehydrative Friedel-Crafts reactions of alcohols enabled by aggregation of Brønsted acids. He has published 3 papers with the group. Outside the lab he enjoys piano practice, choral singing, calligraphy, psychology and traveling. Vuk successfully defended his thesis in December 2018 and will head off to a postdoctoral position after a few months finishing things up in the lab.
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. She has published a paper with the group. Outside work, Elodie enjoys running, swimming, CrossFit and making her own clothes thanks to couture.
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. He has published one paper with the group. 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.
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 metabolism-like CO2-fixing reactions as well as a new type of Suzuki cross-coupling. He has published one paper with the group. 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 override traditional selectivity patterns using directed Brønsted acidity. 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 AI-assisted reaction discovery. 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 AI-assisted reaction discovery. She has published one paper with the group. Jing speaks Cantonese, Mandarin, English, French and is learning German. She’s a world traveler, photographer, animal rights activist and a true ecologist.
Visiting PhD Students
Anton Gudz (BSc 2015, University of Connecticut)
Anton was born in Odessa, Ukraine and moved to the United States at the age of 13. In 2015, he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Spanish at the University of Connecticut prior to moving to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to pursue graduate studies in Dr. Michel Gagne’s lab. Currently a third-year Ph.D. student, Anton is spending 7 months in the Moran group thanks to the NSF GROW grant and the Chateaubriand Fellowship to work on boron-based catalysts for C-O bond defunctionalization and late-stage natural product modification reactions. Outside of the lab, Anton enjoys playing football and tennis as well as travelling.
Masters Project Students
Former Postdoctoral Fellows
Edward Richmond (2014-2018). Leverhulme Trust fellow. Current position: 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.
Florian Falk (2012-2013). French Embassy fellow. After: BaChem, Basel, Switzerland Current position: BaChem, San Diego, USA.
Former PhD Students
Eléna Wolf (2012-2015). After: Postdoc at BASF JONAS (2015-2017). Current position: Research associate, BASF, Trostberg, Germany
Marian Dryzhakov (2012-2016). Current position: JSPS Postdoc at University of Tokyo (Prof. Makoto Fujita).
Former Masters Project Students
Guang Li (M1 and M2, 2015, 2016)
Former Visiting Students
Stefania Musolino (Smith/Taylor groups, St Andrews, Scotland, August-October 2017)