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Principal Investigator

M. Carmen Galan received her B.S. degree in chemistry from Universidad de Alicante, Spain. She was awarded a Socrates-Erasmus grant to pursue an MPhil in Pure and Applied Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, under the supervision of Prof. P.J. Hall and Dr. L.E.A. Berlouis. She received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center at The University of Georgia, USA, under the supervision of Prof. Geert-Jan Boons, where she carried out research in the field of carbohydrates. She then moved to California to pursue post-doctoral research with Prof. Chi-Huey Wong at The Scripps Research Institute. After that, she continued her post-doctoral training at Massachussetts Institute of Technology with Prof. Sarah O'Connor. 

Carmen returned to the UK in October 2006 on a lecturership in the School of Chemistry.  In 2008 she became a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin fellow, from 2012-2017 she held a five year EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship and a an ERC consolidator award (2015-2020). She currently holds the position of Professor in the School of Chemistry.


  • 2017-now   Professor, University of Bristol 

  • 2015-2017  Reader, University of Bristol 

  • 2012-date   EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellow, University of Bristol  

  • 2013-2015  Senior Lecturer, University of Bristol 

  • 2012-2013  Lecturer, University of Bristol

  • 2008-2012  Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow, University of Bristol

  • 2006-2008  Temporary Lecturer, University of Bristol 

  • 2005-2006  Post-Doctoral Fellow. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA 

  • 2003-2005  Post-Doctoral Research Associate. The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA 

  • 1998-2002  PhD in Organic Chemistry. CCRC, The University of Georgia, Athens, USA  

  • 1997-1998  M.Phil.  in Pure and Applied Chemistry. Strathclyde University

  • 1992-1997 BSc in Chemistry. Universidad de Alicante


8. 2021 RSC Jeremy Knowles award

7. 2017 RSC Carbohydrate Chemistry award sponshored by Dextra

6. European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Investigator 2015

5. Visiting Professorship at Universite Joseph Fourier, Grenoble (France) 2012

4. Hoffmann-La Roche award to attend the European Young Investigator Workshop in  Lyon 2011

3. EPSRC Career Acceleration Fellowship 2011

2. Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship 2008

1. Welcome Trust Value in People Award 2008

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