University College Dublin, Ireland
I studied chemistry at University College Dublin (Ireland), obtaining my PhD with Prof. Declan Gilheany in the area of M(salen) mediated asymmetric epoxidation. Following my PhD, I carried out postdoctoral research with Prof. Gilheany developing a method for the synthesis of P-stereogenic phosphorus compounds. This work was patented and has been commercialised by Celtic Catalysts.
In 2005, I moved to the University of Bristol as the Research Officer in the group of Varinder Aggarwal. My research in Bristol focused on the development of organosulfur catalysts and reagents in organic synthesis. Two projects from this period have resulted in reagents been made commercially available. In 2009, I was appointed as course manager of the Bristol Chemical Synthesis Doctoral Training Centre.
In July 2012, I joined the School of Chemistry in University College Dublin as an independent research group leader funded by Science Foundation Ireland under the Starting Investigators Research Grant scheme. Following the successful conclusion of that fellowship in July 2016 I was appointed as a lecturer in Organic Chemistry. I was elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland in 2015. My group has active research interests in organocatalysis, organophosphorus and organosulfur chemistry, carbohydrate chemistry, heterocycle synthesis, stereoselective synthesis and the automation of synthetic chemistry.
Group Website: http://mcgarrigleresearch.wordpress.com/