Welcome

Welcome to the 'Oxford Innovative Organic Synthesis for Cancer Research (OxIOSCR)' project, an EU-funded Marie Curie Innovative Doctoral Programme (IDP), established to train graduate organic chemists to develop synthetic routes to natural products and their analogues with potent anti-cancer activity.
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Thirteen doctoral research students, Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), are undertaking a three-year comprehensive training programme, working within the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford, using state-of-the-art synthetic methods and techniques with a particular focus on biocatalysis, electrosynthesis and flow chemistry. The ESRs are working in teams of three or four on distinct programmes of research supported by expert chemistry and cancer biology advisers. While largely being based within Oxford's research environment, the ESRs, during their second year of training, will be posted on two one-month secondments hosted by eight Associated Partners distributed over six European countries.

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The overarching aim of the OxIOSCR training programme is to lead to more sustainable synthetic chemistry, new strategies for organic synthesis, a strongly connected network of chemists and cancer biologists and release a generation of fully trained synthesis innovators into the academic and chemical industrial workplace.

Recent highlights

Publication (Nov 2016): Well done to Anaïs Bouisseau and Patricia Fernández Rodríguez for their publication in collaboration with Associated Partner Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research. Read more...
Publication (Sept 2016): Congratulations to Anaïs Bouisseau for her publication in Chemistry - a European Journal on Traceless Rhodium-Catalyzed Hydroacylation Using Alkyl Aldehydes: The Enantioselective Synthesis of β-Aryl Ketones Read more...
Publication (Aug 2016). Well done to Allegra for her Chemical Communications publication on the Catalytic enantio- and diastereoselective Mannich reaction of α-substituted isocyanoacetates and ketimines ... Read more...
Publication (Aug 2016). Well done to Aubert Ribaucourt for his Organic Letters paper on the Total Synthesis and Structural Revision of the Cytotoxin Aruncin B... Read more...
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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement number: 316955.