John Spencer was born in Shirebrook (Derbyshire) in 1968. After gaining a B.S. degree (1st class honors) from Sussex University (1986-90) in chemistry (with French) he went to work with Dr. Michel Pfeffer (ULP, Strasbourg, France) on palladacycles (1990-94) before a postdoc with professor Antonio Togni (ETH, Zurich) working on asymmetric catalysis (1994-5). He worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a Bench Chemist implementing parallel synthesis/microwave technology (e.g., James Black Foundation 2001-6) before taking up a Reader position at the University of Greenwich in 2006. His current interests include metallodrugs, (kinase and HDAC inhibitors), palladacycles, and microwave mediated synthesis as well as general medicinal chemistry.
Biography Updated on 5 October 2010