Name: Robert Foster
Job Title: Scientist
Hello, I’m Rob and I joined Lhasa in April 2016 as a Scientist.
I studied at the University of Sheffield, spending one year at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, completing my MChem in 2009. I remained in Sheffield to complete my PhD, researching the use of mesoionic compounds in routes towards novel fluorine containing pyrazoles. After finishing my PhD in 2012, I continued in the lab with a small CRO working on projects for pharmaceutical, agrochemical and biotech companies.
Not wanting to stand at a fume-hood every day, wishing reactions onto completion (or even just a little way) while contemplating the considerable amount of wasted resources used in drug discovery projects, Lhasa presented an interesting opportunity to use my previously gained chemical knowledge in a new working environment. Developing my knowledge and understanding of drug metabolism and toxicology was also a keen interest of mine and so I am enjoying working on carcinogenicity and mutagenicity endpoints within Derek and Sarah Nexus. The team at Lhasa are really supportive and provide several training and development opportunities to develop within my role.
Outside of Lhasa I like to make the most of what Sheffield and the Peak District offers better than anywhere else in the country – miles of beautiful routes to train on for long-distance races, hundreds of crags to climb and the best pubs in the country.