User:Matthew Todd

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Contact Info

Mat, yesterday

I work in the Todd Lab at the University of Sydney.

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  • 2005-, Lecturer then Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney
  • 2001-2005, Lecturer in Chemistry, Queen Mary, University of London
  • 2000-2001, College Fellow and Lecturer, New Hall College, Cambridge University
  • 1999-2000, Postdoc, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1999, PhD, Organic Chemistry, Cambridge University
  • 1995, MA, Natural Science, Cambridge University

Research interests

  1. Organic synthesis and methodology
  2. Asymmetric Catalysis
  3. Chemical Biology


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Short Bio

Mat Todd was born in Manchester, England. He obtained his PhD in organic chemistry from Cambridge University in 1999, was a Wellcome Trust postdoc at The University of California, Berkeley, a college fellow back at Cambridge University, a lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London and since 2005 has been at the School of Chemistry, The University of Sydney where he is currently Senior Lecturer.

His research interests include the development of new ways to make molecules, particularly how to make chiral molecules with new catalysts. He is also interested in making metal complexes that do unusual things when they meet biological molecules. His lab motto is "To make the right molecule in the right place at the right time", though the group do not currently know what this means.

He has a growing interest in Open Science, and how it may be used to accelerate research, with particularly emphasis on open source drug discovery. He is Chair of The Synaptic Leap, a nonprofit dedicated to open biomedical research and is on the Editorial Boards of PLoS One, Chemistry Central Journal and ChemistryOpen.

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