Thierry Besson received a Ph.D. degree in January 1993 from University of Orleans, Orleans, France under supervision of Professor Gérald Guillaumet. During this period he worked on the synthesis of heterobifunctional bioactive coumarins. He immediately joined the group of Professor Charles W. Rees at Imperial College in London where he stayed until his integration in the staff of the new University of La Rochelle, west coast of France, at the end of 1993. After five years of research and teaching as Lecturer and then Assistant Professor, he was elected in 1999 as Full Professor of organic chemistry until 2006 where he moved as Full Professor of medicinal chemistry to the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Rouen in Normandy, performing his research activities at CNRS UMR 6014 - COBRA (Chimie Organique & Bioorganique, Réactivité et Analyse) which is based at IRCOF (Institut de Recherche en Chimie Organique Fine). His research interests include the use of special heterocyclic reagents (e.g., 4,5-dichloro-1,2,3-dithiazolium chloride: Apple?s salt) applied to the synthesis of bioactive molecules (inhibitors of kinases mainly involved in neurodegenerative diseases) with a particular emphasis on microwave-assisted chemistry.
Biography Updated on 21 November 2012