Mehrnoosh Ostovar
20202023

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Mehrnoosh Ostovar obtained her PhD in organic chemistry from UCL (2005-09), where she worked in the area of natural product synthesis under the supervision of Prof. Karl Hale and Prof. Charles Marson. Upon completion of her studies, she joined Prof. Varinder Aggarwal’s group as a postdoctoral research associate in the School of Chemistry at University of Bristol. In this period, she worked on asymmetric aziridinations and also palladium-mediated annulation of vinyl aziridines with Michael acceptors to synthesize stereocontrolled substituted pyrrolidines and the application to a formal synthesis of (–)-α-Kainic Acid (2009-2012). In October 2012, Mehrnoosh started working as a posdoctoral research officer for Prof. Stephen Husbands in the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology at University of Bath. Her research focus was on discovery and development of new opioid ligands as relapse prevention agents for the treatment of opioid abuse and as analgesics with low abuse potential. In Feburary 2018, she was appointed as a visiting lecturer in chemistry at University of Hertfordshire, and since November 2021, she is a lecturer in organic chemistry where she also undertakes research activities in the area of medicinal chemistry.

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Organic Chemistry , PhD, University College London (UCL)

FHEA, University of Hertfordshire

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