The Group

Janet Lovett is a Royal Society University Research Fellow based in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St Andrews (since 2014). She originates from Stafford in the West Midlands and completed both her MChem and DPhil at Oxford University under the guidence of Prof Christiane Timmel in the Chemistry Department. Since at this time Oxford did not have a pulsed EPR spectrometer she travelled to various laboratories and especially to Prof Gunnar Jeschke (then at the MPI in Mainz) and to Profs Edgar Groenen and Martina Huber in Leiden where she spent 6 months as a Marie Curie Training Site Fellow. She then moved to Prof Susan Lea for a post doc in the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology. This enabled her to learn more about protein preparation and the sorts of problems which are interesting to biochemists. She also held a stipendiary Junior Research Fellowship at University College, Oxford, before being awarded the URF and moving to the University of Edinburgh in 2010. Away from the lab, Janet enjoys spending time with her 3 and 5 year old and marching them up various Scottish hills.

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Anokhi Shah (2015- , PhD) grew up in London where she completed her MSci in Pharmaceutical Chemistry at Queen Mary University. During her degree she had the opportunity to study at UCLA and carried out a short research project in Germany. Anokhi's final year project, with Dr Maxie Roessler and Dr John Viles, introduced her to how versatile and interesting EPR is and she has subsequently started her PhD using EPR techniques to analyse biomolecules. In her free time Anokhi enjoys exploring the outdoors and travelling. She says: "I am loving living in beautiful Scotland and looking forward to the next four years here".

Past Members (since moving to St Andrews).

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Claire Motion (2013-2017, PhD, Primarily supervised by Dr Graham Smith) received her MPhys degree from the University of St Andrews in 2012. After a year of study and travel at Emory University in Atlanta, GA as a Bobby Jones Scholar, she returned to St Andrews in September 2013 to commence study towards a PhD through the Integrated Magnetic Resonance Centre for Doctoral Training. Her PhD is focused on novel techniques to improve the sensitivity of pulsed ESR experiments through the use of composite pulses and optimal control, and the application of this to novel biological systems such as metalloporphyrin containing proteins. In 2016, she spent 6 weeks visiting the lab of Professor Jeschke at ETH Zurich. In her spare time, Claire enjoys hill walking and cooking. She now works for Leonardo in Edinburgh.

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Stacey Bell (2011-2015, PhD) received her BSc (with Honours) in Microbiology at The University of Glasgow in 2011. Under the supervision of Prof. Timothy Mitchell, she was introduced to the field of molecular and structural biology whilst working on vaccine development for the pneumococcal toxin, Pneumolysin. Following her undergraduate degree, Stacey began her PhD studies under Janet's supervision. Stacey's PhD focused on the application of EPR spectroscopy in the study of protein-protein interactions in different biological systems, as well as the development of new techniques for spin-labelling cysteine rich proteins. She completed her PhD in December 2015 and is now working for Almac Discovery (Edinburgh), a research driven, oncology company, which aims to develop novel protein therapeutics for the treatment of cancer. In her spare time, Stacey enjoys going to different gigs and festivals, and discovering her new favourite band. Right now it's Frightened Rabbit!

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Dr Bouchra Hajjaj (2014-2015, post doc) studied for a Master degree in Organic Chemistry at Ecole National Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (National Graduate Chemistry School) in France. She then continued her postgraduate research at the IBMM institute in Montpellier (France) under the supervision of Dr. Jean-Alain Fehrentz. Her research concerned the design, synthesis and biological evaluation of bombesin antagonists for cancer visualization using positron emission tomography (PET) or single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). She obtained a PhD in organic chemistry in December 2013. In September 2014, Bouchra joined the group of Dr. Janet Lovett at the University of St-Andrews as a Postdoctoral Researcher. Her research project, supported by EPSRC, concerned the development and synthesis of new spin labels (radicals) aimed to site specifically label cysteine rich proteins for their investigation by EPR spectroscopy. She is currently working as Research scientist in PharmaCytics, a pharmaceutical company focusing on the development of innovative solutions for drug delivery by facilitating transport of biomolecules through cellular membranes, in Nijmegen (The Netherlands).

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Nino Wili (2014-2015, visiting undergraduate scholar) grew up in Bern, Switzerland. He moved to Zurich for his studies in Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich). After his Bachelor's Thesis about chirp pulses in DEER in the Group of Gunnar Jeschke he joined Janet Lovett in St Andrews for a project to learn about the whole process of spin labelling, from the plasmid to the purified and labelled protein in the EPR tube. He is currently finishing his Master degree with an emphasis on physical chemistry and structural biology. In his spare time, he makes and enjoys good food and music. He also plays bass at EPR conferences!