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Prof. Anita Maguire

Co-Principal Investigator & Molecule I Theme Leader

University College Cork


Prof. Anita Maguire is Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Head of School of Chemistry at University College Cork and Director of ABCRF (Analytical & Biological Chemistry Research Facility, UCC) and holds a B.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. The inaugural Chair of the National Forum on Research Integrity, she was Chair of the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology, and is actively engaged in R & I strategic policy development. Prof. Maguire has demonstrated excellent leadership within the field of chemistry and across the national research landscape as a member of the Advisory Science Council and the Irish Research Council, as well as serving on the Governance Committees of nine SFI Research Centres in Ireland.


Anita Maguire’s research interests in Synthetic Organic Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry include: -Flow Chemistry - Asymmetric synthesis - including biocatalysis and transition metal catalysis; - Novel synthetic methodology - incl. the use of diazocarbonyl compounds & organosulfur compounds in synthesis; - Leveraging Continuous Flow Technology in Organic Synthesis - Design and synthesis of bioactive compounds with pharmaceutical applications; - Crystal engineering; - Extensive interaction with the pharmaceutical industry both within Ireland and overseas is a key feature of the research team