Matthew Southern’s project “Building a molecule library to improve development of new medicines” aims to deliver methods for the array synthesis of 3D-rich building blocks featuring sulfonamides, sulfonimidamides, and sulfondiimidamides through photochemical transformations. These motifs are all in high demand in drug discovery and are historically difficult to access, which has limited their exploration.
Matthew is skilled in synthetic organic chemistry, purification techniques and scientific communication. He attended the University of Durham to complete a Masters of Chemistry where he undertook an industrial placement at Sygnature Discovery. As an already experienced chemist, Matthew was offered the role as deputy of the internal high-throughput chemistry project at Sygnature Discovery upon graduation, and is now a DPhil student at Oxford Chemistry in the group of Prof. Michael Willis.