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Research in Graeme's group revolves around organometallic chemistry for C-H functionalisation of key pharmaceutical moeities, continuous flow chemistry, and medicinal chemistry for therapeutic intervention in cell signalling cascades.


Graeme was brought up and attended school in Kirkcaldy before completing an MChem degree at the University of St Andrews, graduating in 2007. He then moved to the University of York to do a PhD with Prof. Peter O’Brien, investigating new methodologies for the substitution of nitrogen heterocycles using organolithium complexes. In 2011, Graeme then moved to a PDRA position at the University of Sheffield under the supervision of Prof. Iain Coldham, investigating the synthesis and use of novel configurationally stable alpha-nitrile organomagnesium species. Having spent several years in group 1 and 2 organometallic research, in 2013 he moved to another PDRA position at Heriot-Watt University to work on gold(I) catalysis under the supervision of Dr. Ai-Lan Lee. Graeme was appointed to his current position as assistant professor in 2016. He currently chairs the ScotCHEM medicinal and biological chemistry scientific advisory board, and is part of the Heriot-Watt Global Research Institute in Health & Care Technologies, where he co-leads the "Make" capability.

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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy


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