Leadership

Dr. Lori Ferrins

Research Assistant Professor, Northeastern University
Chair of the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN)

Lori obtained her Ph.D. from the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University, Australia. Her research focused on the design and synthesis of novel heterocyclic compounds for the treatment of human African trypanosomiasis. Lori has also been involved with IYCN since 2017 and was elected Chair in 2019. She was awarded Nickel on the Periodic Table of Younger Chemists.

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Ms. Bailey Mourant

Project Manager / Research Associate, Burdock Group
Chair-Elect of the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN)

Ms. Bailey Mourant is a Project Manager at Burdock Group, an international safety and regulatory compliance consulting firm in Orlando, Florida, USA. Bailey is Chair-Elect of IYCN, an Associate Member of the ACS Younger Chemists Committee, and serves on multiple IUPAC task groups.

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Dr. Christine Dunne

Patent Agent at Cooley LLP

Dr. Christine Dunne’s practice as a Patent Agent focuses on domestic and international patent prosecution, with an emphasis on medicinal chemistry and drug discovery. Christine obtained her Ph.D. from Colorado State University and previously worked at Cetya Therapeutics developing selective HDAC inhibitors. She was the task group chair for the Periodic Table of Younger Chemists and serves as Secretary on the Younger Chemists Committee of the ACS.

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Dr. Laura L McConnell

Principal Scientist, Bayer U.S. LLC, Crop Science Division

Dr. McConnell is an analytical chemist experienced in environmental science research with a focus on agricultural topics. She currently serves as a Principal Scientist in the Regulatory Scientific Affairs department of Bayer CropScience in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

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Dr. João Borges

Junior Research Fellow at the University of Aveiro, Portugal
Conference Presence Chair at the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN)

Dr. João Borges is a Junior Research Fellow at University of Aveiro, Portugal. His research focuses on developing supramolecular multicomponent biomaterials to interface with living systems. He is a recipient of the IUPAC Periodic Table of Younger Chemists Award (Rubidium) and Member of the Executive Board of the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN), being the Conference Presence Chair.

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Mr. Sebastian Weber

PhD student at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Social Media Chair at the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN)

Sebastian Weber is currently a PhD student in the group of Prof. Jan-Dierk Grunwaldt with Dr. Thomas Sheppard at the Institute Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry (ITCP) and Institute of Catalysis Research and Technology (IKFT) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Karlsruhe, Germany. His current research focuses on 3D spatially-resolved studies of catalyst materials.

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Dr. Torsten John

Postdoctoral Researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA
International Society Liaison Co-Chair of the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN)

Dr. Torsten John is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US. He is a Biophysical and Computational Chemist, working on the self-assembly of peptides and nucleic acids. Torsten was selected as SciFinder Future Leader and Member of the IUPAC Periodic Table of Younger Chemists. He serves on the board of the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN).

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Dr. Jovana V. Milić

Scientist at the Laboratory of Photonics and Interfaces, EPFL in Switzerland
Governance Team Member at the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN)

Dr. Jovana V. Milić is a scientist at EPFL in Switzerland and governance team member at the IYCN. Her research focuses on developing supramolecular nanomaterials for energy conversion. She is also invested in science outreach and education, and she has been recognized by the IUPAC Periodic Table of Younger Chemists (Db) and as CAS Future Leader 2019.

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Mr. Stephen Opeyemi Aderinto

Doctoral Researcher at the University of Sheffield
Governance Team Chair of the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN)

Stephen holds a doctoral position in Bioinorganic Chemistry at the University of Sheffield where he is developing DNA probes and imaging agents. He is a recipient of an IUPAC Young Observer award by the Royal Society of Chemistry (2019). He currently sits on the Executive Board of the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN) as the Governance Team leader.

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Miss Bianca Leigh Davids

PhD student at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS)
Governance Team Member of the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN)

Bianca is a PhD student at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Her research focuses on the development of novel pyranonapthaquinone antibiotics from compounds derived from cashew nutshell liquid. Bianca has been an active member of IYCN since 2017, and has served on both the Social Media steering committee (2017-2019), as well as the Governance steering committee (2020-present).

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Dr. Fun Man Fung

Instructor of Chemistry, National University of Singapore
Secretary of the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN)

Fun Man is an avid volunteer who served on the International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) steering board for two terms (2014—2018), and WorldSkills International Competition as a Technical Expert, and on the International Younger Chemists Network Board (IYCN) as the elected secretary. Fun Man was conferred the YSEALI Professional Fellowship and ASEM-DUO Fellowship in 2019.

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Dr. Aurora Walshe

Member Networks Specialist at the Royal Society of Chemistry
Member of the Public Outreach Committee of the International Younger Chemists Network (IYCN)

After completing her PhD in 2014, Aurora went to work for the Royal Society of Chemistry. Since 2018 Aurora has been a part of the RSC Member Communities team. Here, she uses her experience gained as a volunteer with EYCN organising local, national and international early career events to support over 130 volunteer-led committees to execute a diverse programme of activities for 55,000 RSC members.

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Dr. Gabriela Desiree Tormet-Gonzalez

Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of Campinas
Webmaster at International Younger Chemists Network

Gabriela received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Campinas in Brazil. Her research focused on the elucidation of the enzymatic mechanism that follows the Old Yellow enzymes from Saccharomyces cerevisiae in the reduction of nitroalkenes and enones. After finishing her Ph.D. is dedicated to her social entrepreneurship project “Becas para Latinoamericanos”. Gabriela is also involved with IYCN, currently collaborating as the webmaster of the organization. She was awarded Beryllium on the Periodic Table of Younger Chemists.

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