Dr Amanda Pearce
Amanda obtained a BSc with First Class Honours in Chemistry from the University of Queensland in 2011, with her final year project within the lab of Assoc. Prof. Kristofer Thurecht and Prof. Andrew Whittaker. She completed her PhD in 2015 in the same lab, with her thesis focused on the synthesis of targeted hyperbranched polymers via RAFT polymerisation for in vivo imaging and drug delivery towards prostate cancer. She then moved to the group of Prof. Cameron Alexander at the University of Nottingham in 2016 as a Research Fellow, where she focused on the design, synthesis and characterisation of bespoke novel synthetic polymers through various synthetic strategies (RAFT, ROP etc) for in vivo drug delivery, with a particular interest in how choice of chemistry, architecture and size can be tuned to direct nanoparticle delivery in the body. In 2019, Amanda moved to Birmingham to join the O’Reilly group as a Group Leader.