Rocio Rodriguez, Scientist
Name: Dr. Rocio Lopez Rodriguez
Job title: Scientist
My name is Rocio and I joined Lhasa in September 2018 as a scientist. I obtained my bachelor and master’s degrees in Chemistry at the University of Seville, Spain, in 2010 and 2011, respectively
I obtained my PhD in chemistry in 2015 from CSIC in Seville in the Lassaletta/Fernandez group with a thesis entitled: “C–H borylation of arenes: Developments and Applications”. This period included a short stay at Max Planck Institute für Kohlenforschung in 2014. As a result of the outputs from my PhD studies, I was awarded prizes from Eli Lilly and RSEQ. In 2016, I moved to the UK and joined Igor Larrosa’s group at the University of Manchester as a postdoctoral fellow for two years supported by a fellowship from Fundación Alfonso Martin Escudero.
My chemistry background lies in the border of organic and inorganic chemistry having been focused on iridium-, palladium- and ruthenium-catalysis as well as asymmetric synthesis. Although I enjoyed my position in academia, I was longing to transition into an industrial and non-laboratory-based work environment. I was motivated to join Lhasa for several reasons. Professionally, I felt the role was challenging and I was excited about using the skills I gained in academia to address current pharma needs. In addition, Lhasa could offer me a range of new skills to learn specifically on the fields of toxicity, metabolism and degradation. Personally, I was excited about joining a company with an excellent reputation, an educational charity origin, and a highly-trained scientific team with diverse expertise. As a Knowledge Research Scientist at Lhasa, I have joined the Mirabilis team. Our efforts are currently focused on the development of the Mirabilis software, to provide an improved industry-standardised approach for calculating purge factors of potentially mutagenic impurities.
Outside work, I enjoy cooking, baking and shopping. I love spending time with family and friends, and frequently visit Spain to see them.