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Dr. Michael Burns, Senior Scientist

Name: Dr. Michael Burns

Job Title: Senior Scientist

Hello, I am Mike and I joined Lhasa in October 2015 as a Scientist.

Prior to joining Lhasa, in 2006 I received a MChem in Chemistry, Life Systems and Pharmaceuticals from the University of York. Remaining in York, I studied for a PhD in Organic Chemistry (Towards the total synthesis of Phacelocarpus-2-pyrone A: Novel 2-pyrone chemistry) with Professors Fairlamb and Taylor, on a project utilising organometallic catalysis for total synthesis, completing in 2010.

Following completion of my PhD I spent three years working for Peakdale Molecular, synthesising APIs on various scales for pharmaceutical companies, before returning to York to take up a new position. At the Centre for Hyperpolarisation in Magnetic Resonance (CHyM), my role involved the synthesis and testing of transition metal catalysts and isotopically labelled ligands for use in hyperpolarising MRI/NMR techniques; the ultimate goal being the creation of biologically relevant MRI contrast agents with increased resolution compared to gadolinium contrast agents.

I joined Lhasa in search of a new challenge where I could use my experience across a range of chemical fields. Since starting at Lhasa I have spent time deciphering metabolism data for Meteor, developing skin sensitisation and mutagenicity alerts for Derek and investigating forced degradation pathways for Zeneth. I am currently involved in the research and curation of knowledge relevant to Mirabilis.

Outside of work I spend a large amount of my time participating in a multitude of sports; football, tennis, golf, cycling, skiing and even triathlon. I also enjoy applying my research experience to experimenting with brewing beer and the subsequent analysis/peer reviewing that inevitably follows. I love to spend my free time with friends and family, and try to experience new places and cultures through travel as often as I can.

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