CURRENT GROUP MEMBERS

Post Docs

MATT NODWELL

Matt is a BC native from Penticton. Before joining the Britton group, he did his Ph.D. with Dr. Raymond Andersen at UBC, then worked as a Humboldt postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Stephan Sieber at the Technical University of Munich. He is happy to be back home, where he can pursue outdoor activities such as mountain biking, skiing, and camping.




NARASIMHA THOTA

Narasimha ("Simha") was born and raised in Andhra Pradesh, India where he received his M.Sc in Chemistry from the IIT-Bombay in 2011. Later he worked as a project assistant under the supervision of Prof. Suvarn S. Kulkarni in IIT-Bombay, working on the synthesis of C-glycosides. In 2013, he moved to the University of Alberta where he completed his Ph.D under the Supervision of Prof. Todd L. Lowary, working on the total synthesis of the Campylobacter glycan fragments. He is happy to escape the cold weather in Alberta to join the Britton group at SFU in November, 2019. His research involves the synthesis of Carbafucose analogues as well as the synthesis of Nucleoside analogues. Outside of the lab, Simha enjoys playing badminton, squash and cricket.


Graduate Students

VENUGOPAL RAO CHALLA

Venu was born and raised in Hyderabad, India. In 2005, Venu received his MSc in Chemistry from Osmania University in India. Afterwards, he worked as a research chemist at Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd, a leading pharmaceutical company in India for 5 years. He then moved to Simon Fraser University in 2010 to pursue a PhD in Chemistry. In his spare time, Venu enjoys playing cricket, badminton, watching movies and cooking.


MICHAEL MEANWELL

Michael completed his B.Sc. (Hons) in chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Mark Thachuk at the University of British Columbia in 2014. He continued his studies at the University of Victoria where he completed his M.Sc. with Dr. Tom Fyles working on lipid nanoparticle drug delivery. He is happy to be back with the Britton group to pursue his PhD in organic synthesis. Outside of the lab, Michael enjoys running, playing his piano, and taking his four crazy dogs to the beach!


DIMITRIOS PANAGOPOULOS

Dimitri was born and raised in Athens, Greece, where he received his BSc in Chemistry in 2012 from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He then moved to Vancouver, where he pursued an MSc in Chemistry in the lab of Dr Marco Ciufolini, working on the development of a new iodonium ion metathesis reaction, as well as on the synthesis of novel ionisable lipids for the targeted delivery of siRNA. Following that, he started his PhD degree at SFU in the Britton lab in Fall 2016, where he is pursuing the formal synthesis of eribulin. You might see him some times walking around town with a camera on his hand (both film and digital).


ANTHONY FERS - LIDOU

Anthony graduated from the National Graduate School of Chemistry in Montpelier, France. After working on various different projects at Areva, Texas Christian University, Bayer and the CNRS, he decided to continue his studies as a PhD student in the Britton group, working on the total synthesis of eleutherobin. He also likes exercising, at least 10 hours per week, and likes going to the gym and playing soccer in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League.


GARRETT MUIR

Garrett was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He attended university at Mount Allison University where he completed his B.Sc. (Hons) in chemistry under Dr. Khashayar Ghandi. He then started his masters degree at SFU in the fall of 2017 in the Britton lab, where he is studying the total synthesis of Phormidolide A. Apart from the lab, he enjoys cooking, reading, and visiting the Vancouver Aquarium along with snowboarding, hiking, and kayaking when he gets outside.

DARRYL WILSON

Darryl was born and raised in Abbotsford, BC. In 2017 Darryl received his B.Sc in chemistry from the University of the Fraser Valley. During his undergraduate studies he worked under the supervision of Drs. Noham Weinberg and Cory Beshara where he was able to explore both synthetic and computational chemistry. Following the completion of his undergraduate studies, he joined the Britton and Linington groups at SFU to combine data mining and synthetic chemistry for the development of novel natural product-like compounds. Outside of class his hobbies include: curling (yes the sport!), fountain pens, fantasy novels, and anything science fiction.


JOSIAH NEWTON

Josiah received his B.Sc. (Hons) in chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Chadron M. Friesen at Trinity Western University in 2017, where he explored the synthesis of hydrofluoroethers. Josiah joined the Britton Group at Simon Fraser University in the Fall of 2017, under the joint supervision of Chadron M. Friesen and Robert Britton. His work focuses on the synthesis of fluorinated small molecules. Outside of the lab, Josiah enjoys playing video games, cooking, and listening to music.


ANISSA KAGHAD

Anissa was born and raised in Paris, France. She obtained her Bachelor of Science as well as her Master's degree in Chemistry from the National Graduate School of Chemistry of Montpellier. During that time, she had her first research experience in Professor Chein's group in Taiwan followed by two others in Sanofi and Bayer Crop Science. Then, she decided to move to Vancouver to begin her PhD in Professor Britton's group where she is working on the formal synthesis of Eribulin. During her free time, Anissa likes doing sports and outdoor activities such as hiking or skiing as well as traveling and discover new countries and people.


VICTORIA ROSE

Victoria was born and raised in St. John's, Newfoundland. She completed a joint B.Sc. (Hons) in chemistry and biochemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) in 2018, working on the total synthesis of furanosesquiterpenoid natural products in the group of Dr. Huck Grover. Throughout her undergraduate career she has also worked in the fields of materials, physical and theoretical chemistry at MUN and in organic synthesis as a summer intern at the University of Munster Institute of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry in Germany. In her free time, Victoria enjoys hiking, canoeing, dancing and travelling.


DANIEL DRIEDGER

Daniel was born and raised in Abbotsford, BC, where he completed his B.Sc. in chemistry at the University of the Fraser Valley. During his degree, he worked under the supervision of Dr. Chadron Friesen (TWU) on the development of a difluoroalkyl ether synthesis. He joined the Britton lab in the summer of 2019 and is excited to be pursuing a PhD focused on the development of new synthetic methodology. Apart from lab work, he enjoys playing sports (hockey, volleyball, squash, tennis), cycling, board games, guitar, and listening to worship music.


COHAN HUXLEY

Cohan completed his Bachelors of Biomolecular Sci. (Hons) at Griffith University in 2018 with Queensland Health Forensic and Scientific Services under Dr. Urs Wermuth and Dr. Mark Coster. After completing his degree Cohan worked with Griffith University in technical support and nature products research under Dr. Rohan Davis before starting with the Britton Lab in late 2019. Cohan enjoys listening to music and podcasts and playing guitar.



CALLUM LUCAS

Callum completed his undergraduate degree at the University of St Andrews, obtaining a Master's in Chemistry with an industrial placement. His on industrial placement year was spent at GSK in the protein degradation DPU synthesizing PROTACs. His honour's project was done under the supervision of Prof. Terry Smith synthesizing non-natural fatty acids to target trypanosomatids. He joined the Britton group in September 2019, working on the synthesis of thio nucleoside analogues. In his free time Callum enjoys reading, hiking, listening to music and exploring Vancouver.