Current Group


Jonathan Burton Jon is Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Oxford and a Tutorial Fellow at Somerville College. He is the team leader. Having spent his undergraduate days in Oxford, Jon moved to Cambridge and stayed there for 13 years as a Ph.D. student with Prof. Andrew Holmes FRS, Post-Doc and academic. During this time he spent one year as a Post-Doc in Paris with Prof. Alexander Alexakis. Outside of chemistry he enjoys being middle-aged with interests such as cooking, films and a bit of running.



Post-Doctoral Co-Workers

Manjeet Kumar Manjeet gained his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine with Dr. Bhahwal Ali Shah. Soon after his Ph.D., he joined Purdue University for postdoctoral studies and later on moved to Prof. McNulty's group in McMaster University. He worked in medicinal chemistry and asymmetric catalysis involving organocatalysts. He is currently working on the total synthesis of a complex biologically active natural products.  Outside the lab, he loves playing and watching sports.




D.Phil. Students

4th Year

Sandra Ainsua Martinez Sandra obtained her license in Chemistry from the University of Oviedo (Spain) in 2011.  Afterwards she moved to Switzerland where she undertook a two years Master of Sciences in Chemistry at the University of Geneva.  She completed her Master thesis with Prof. Alexandre Alexakis working on asymmetric allylic substitution reactions.  Currently, her work is aimed at the development of sustainable methodologies for the synthesis of proteasome inhibitors. Outside the lab, she enjoys listening to 80’s music while running in the park.



2nd year

Kilian Garrec Kilian obtained a chemical engineering degree and a Masters in Organic and Bioorganic chemistry from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Mulhouse and Montpellier (France) in 2014. During his undergraduate studies he had the opportunity to do a one-year placement at Scynexis in Research Triangle Park (USA) and a 6-month placement at Roche in Basel (Switzerland) both in Drug Discovery. He started his D.Phil.  as part of the EPSRC Centre for doctoral training in Synthesis for Biology and Medicine (SBM CDT) programme at the end of 2014. Outside of chemistry, he enjoys gardening, repairing bicycles, making home-made 3D pictures and playing the Irish Tin Whistle.


Joseph Mason Joe completed his undergraduate MChem at the University of Oxford, and worked in medicinal chemistry for his undergraduate research project. He is currently completing a rotation project in synthetic organic electrochemistry as part of his DPhil course in the Oxford CDT. Outside the lab, he enjoys swimming, cycling and wife-carrying.





Sam Chan Sam was an undergraduate at the University of Hong Kong and worked on intramolecular (4+3) cycloaddition of aziridinyl enolsilanes for his final year project with Prof. Pauline Chiu. He was a visiting student reading Chemistry at Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 2013. After the completion of his undergraduate studies in June 2015, he started his DPhil in the Burton group in October the same year and is currently working on a synthesis based project on oxonium ions, natural products and rearrangement reactions. Besides chemistry, he particularly enjoys instrumental jazz and is learning to play a bit of it on the guitar.




1st / 2nd year

Nada Kurdi

Sean Guggiari Sean studied for his undergraduate MSci at the University of Cambridge where he worked on C–H activation methodology. He joined the University of Oxford as part of the Synthesis for Biology and Medicine CDT and is currently working on the total synthesis of a natural product. Outside of the lab, he enjoys playing badminton and immersing himself in nature.





Part II

Cameron Taylor is an undergraduate at St Hugh’s college. Outside of the lab he enjoys fell-running, cricket, and trips to the pub.








Lucy Ward is an undergraduate at Christ Church College. When not doing chemistry she enjoys a variety of different sports including rugby, spending time baking, photography and a social drink.








© Jonathan Burton 2015