Our next Outstanding Women in Science Seminar Series speaker will be Rachel O’Reilly , currently a professor and an EPSRC career acceleration fellow in the Chemistry Department at the University of Warwick. She will talk about “New directions in chemistry – taking inspiration from biology”.
She graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1999 and went on to complete her PhD at Imperial College, London in 2003. She then moved to the US to under the joint direction of Professors Craig J. Hawker and Karen L. Wooley. In 2004 she was awarded a research fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition for 1851 and in 2005 she took up a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. In 2009 she moved to her current position and in 2012 was promoted to full professor. In 2012 she won the IUPAC-Samsung young polymer scientist award and the RSC Hickinbottom medal. In 2013 she was awarded the ACS Mark Young Scholar award and an ERC consolidator grant.
Her research focuses on bridging the interface between creative synthetic, polymer and catalysis chemistry, to allow for the development of materials that are of significant importance in medical, materials and nanoscience applications.