Short CV/Education and training


  • 1992 – 1997
    Universidad de Alicante, Spain. BSc. in Chemistry, with specialization in Analytical Chemistry

  • 1997 – 1998
    University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. M.Phil. in Pure and Applied Chemistry.

  • 1998 – 2002
    Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, The University of Georgia, Athens, USA. Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Advisor: Prof. G.J. Boons

  • 2003 – 2005
    The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA, USA. Post-Doctoral Research Associate. Research Advisor: Prof. C. H. Wong

  • 2005 – 2006
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA. Post-Doctoral Fellow. Advisor: Prof. Sarah E. O'Connor

Academic Appointments:

  • 2006 – 2008
    Temporary Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, University of Bristol

  • 2008 – 2012
    Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellow

  • 2012 – 2013
    Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, University of Bristol

  • 2013 – 2015
    Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, University of Bristol

  • Since 2012
    Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Career Acceleration Fellow, University of Bristol

  • Since 2015
    Reader in Organic and Biological Chemistry, University of Bristol

Selected publications

  • D. Benito-Alifonso, S.Tremel, B. Hou, H. Lockyear, J. Mantell, D. Fermin, Paul Verkade, M. Berry* and M. C. Galan*. "Lactose as a "Trojan Horse" for Quantum Dot Cell Transport". Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 810-814.

  • E. I. Balmond, D. Benito-Alifonso, D. M. Coe, R. W. Alder, E. M. McGarrigle,* M. C. Galan*. "3,4-Trans-Fused Cyclic Protecting Group Helps achieve α-Selective Catalytic Synthesis of 2-Deoxyglycosides". Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 8190–8194.

  • E. I. Balmond, D. M. Coe, M. C. Galan*, E. Mcgarrigle*, Alpha-Selective Organocatalytic Synthesis of 2-Deoxygalactosides. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. (2012), 51, 36, 9152-9155.

  • I. Sittel, A.T. Tran, D. Benito-Alifonso and M. C. Galan*, Combinatorial Ionic Catch and Release Oligosaccharide Synthesis (Combi-ICROS). Chem. Commun. (2013), 49 (39), 4217-4219.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Royal Society Newton International Fellowship Grant Committee (Physical Sciences), since 2010

  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council College Member, since 2010

  • Advisory Board of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, since 2011

  • Editorial Board of Carbohydrate Research, since 2012

  • Advisory Board member of RSC Advances, 2013 – 2015

  • Secretary of Royal Society of Chemsitry Carbohydrate Committee, 2016 – 2019

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Enjoys spending time with husband, two children and family dog


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