Richard is now completing a PhD, where he is striving to overcome the challenges faced by natural products in clinical trials. His time spent at Reading still influences the work he does today.
“My Industrial PhD in Antibody Drug Conjugates (ADCs) is part of the GSK-University of Strathclyde PhD programme. It focuses on an area that has not been investigated by GSK before.
“I am working with biology as well as chemistry, despite having no background in biology. I’ve found the skills I learned at Reading have helped me learn biology at an extremely rapid rate and my skills have dramatically improved.”
Richard believes the synthetic chemistry skills he learned at Reading mean he make compounds quickly and in high yields. He is also able to analyse results and suggest solutions to problems.
“The skill set I picked up has been hugely beneficial for my PhD and future career. I don’t believe I would be doing a PhD if it wasn’t for my time at Reading. If I had to do it all again, Reading would be my first-choice university.”
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