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Published: 09 December 2015

Chemistry PhD student awarded Anglo-Thai Society Academic Excellence award

Watcharee Waratchareeyakul, PhD student in the Department of Chemistry, was awarded an Academic Excellence Award in the field of Medical Science at the recent Anglo-Thai Society Annual Awards event held at the Office of Educational Affairs of the Royal Thai Embassy.

Watcharee, a student in Dulcie Mulholland’s Natural Products Chemistry Group, has recently successfully defended her PhD thesis in the field of natural products chemistry. She isolated a range of novel compounds and used innovative NMR methods to determine the stereochemistry of challenging triterpenoid compounds from a Thai Meliaceae species.

During Watcharee’s studies she spent time through the Erasmus Plus scheme at the Institute for Pharmacy at the University of Innsbruck working with Dr Daniella Schuster undertaking modelling studies of her novel compounds. She is also collaborating with Dr Fabio Fusi of the University of Siena in Italy, investigating vasorelaxant properties of phenanthrene derivatives she has isolated from the orchid Brasiliorchis porphyrostele.

During her stay at Surrey, Watcharee has been awarded best speaker prize at the Phytochemical Society of Europe’s Young Researchers Conference held in Obergurgl, Austria, a best poster award at the 2015 Society of Medicinal Plants conference in Budapest, and the Department’s John A Elvidge Prize for research in Organic Chemistry.

Watcharee will soon be returning to her academic position at the Department of Chemistry, Rambhai Barni Rajabhat University, Chanthaburi, Thailand. We wish her every success in the future.

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