Adam McCarter

Chemistry, Strathclyde

Tenure since 2014

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Carbocyclisations based on difluorinated enols

The goal of the project is to develop a new reaction which can be used to build important target molecules directly and conveniently.

Ailsa Quirie

Geology and Petroleum Geology, Aberdeen

Tenure since 2015

Before the Oil: the Volcanoes of the North Sea thumb Ailsa Death Valley

The highly prospective Central North Sea continues to play an essential role in shaping the economy of Scotland and the rest of the UK. Its initial formation during the Jurassic era, some 150 million years ago, was associated with a series of major volcanic eruptions, leading to the deposition of the Rattray and Ron Volcanics. 

Victoria Morley

Regenerative Medicine, Edinburgh

Tenure since 2014

Evaluation of novel Parkinson’s disease models generated by genome engineering of rodents

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Parkinson’s disease is a common neurodegenerative disorder that results from neuronal loss particularly in dopaminergic brain regions, and the deposition of aggregates of alpha-synuclein protein in the form of Lewy Bodies.

Kate Dunn

Spanish, Edinburgh

Tenure since 2012

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Acts of Survival: Women Writers and Dictatorship

Kate's PhD thesis explores poetry as a form of testimony in the work of Alicia Partnoy.

Lou Dear

Language and Cultures (Comp Lit) and Critical Studies (English), Glasgow

Tenure since 2013

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The Abolition of the University: A Literary Study of Knowledge, Power, Education and the Institution

Reading Sylvia Wynter, Edouard Glissant and other decolonial writers refreshed Lou's interest in the coloniality of knowledge production and dissemination. Her PhD thesis, currently entitled 'The Abolition of the University: A Literary Study of Knowledge, Power, Education and the Institution' considers how ideas, knowledge, learning and educational transformation are mediated through the institution.

Martin Stanford

Chemistry, Edinburgh

Tenure since 2015

Investigation of novel silicon(II), aluminium(I) and tandem compounds for transition metal-free small molecule activation.

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Many current synthetic catalytic strategies rely on toxic, rare and expensive transition metal catalysts for the activation of chemical bonds. Martin's research focuses on the development of cheaper, and more benign main group alternatives based on low-valent silicon and aluminium.

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