University of Nottingham
Prof. Christopher Hayes began his academic career here in Nottingham with his B.Sc. in July 1992. Remaining at Nottingham, he completed his Ph.D. studies in organic chemistry, under the supervision of Professor Gerald Pattenden, in September 1995. In January 1996, on a NATO Postdoctoral Fellowship, he moved to the University of California at Berkeley where he worked in the group of Professor Clayton H. Heathcock. In September 1997, he returned to Nottingham as a Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, and has subsequently been promoted to Reader (2003), Associate Professor (2006) and Professor of Organic Chemistry (2011).
Research is centred in main-stream synthetic organic chemistry, focusing on the organic chemistry of biologically active molecules. His current research interests span a number of areas such as (i) The total synthesis of biologically active natural products. Targets of current interest are lactacystin (20S proteasome inhibitor), myriocin (immunomodulator) and altemicidin (anti-tumor); (ii) The total synthesis of sequence specific DNA and RNA binding molecules for use as "antigene" and "antisense" therapeutic agents; (iii) The development of new methodology for use in synthesis.