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Prof. Matthew J. Gaunt


Matthew Gaunt graduated from the University of Birmingham with 1st Class Honours for Chemistry in 1995. He moved to the University of Cambridge to carry out his graduate studies as a Wellcome Trust Scholar with Dr. Jonathan B. Spencer, finishing in 1999.

Following this he was awarded a prestigious GlaxoWellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship that he took to the University of Pennsylvania to work with Professor Amos B. Smith. He returned to the UK in 2001 to work with Professor Steven Ley as a Junior Research Fellow at Magdalene College, and was also awarded a Ramsay Memorial Fellowship.

He began his independent research career in October 2003 at the University of Cambridge and was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellow in October 2004. In October 2006 he was appointed Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, and a Philip & Patricia Brown Next Generation Fellow at the University of Cambridge. In October 2010 he was promoted to Reader in Chemical Synthesis. In October 2012 he was promoted to Professor.

Matthew recently joined the Editorial Board of the RSC journal, Chemical Science, as Associate Editor and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis.

The Group's research interests are focused on the invention of catalytic strategies for chemical synthesis and the development of cascade processes for the rapid assembly of natural products. (1)

(1) Philanthropist Magazine, 2012, p.43

List of Selected Invited Talks


DowPharma Prize for Creativity in Chiral Chemistry in 2005

Novartis Young Early Career Award in Organic Chemistry (2008-2011)

Eli Lilly Young UK Lecturer Award (2008)

AstraZeneca Research Award (2009)

Chemical Society Reviews Emerging Investigator Award (2009)

Royal Chemical Society Corday Morgan Medal (2013)

Prof. Matt Gaunt


Prof. Matthew Gaunt
Department of Chemistry
University of Cambridge
Lensfield Road
United Kingdom

Email: mjg32@cam.ac.uk
Phone:+44 (0)1223 336318
Fax: +44 (0)1223 336362

Funding (Non-profit):


Marie Curie Foundation

Leverhulme Trust

Cancer Research UK

The Royal Society

Philip & Patricia Brown

Other funding:

Pfizer Global Research




Novartis (through Early Career Award)

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