Prof. Anita Maguire

Professor Anita Maguire

Vice President For Research & Innovation, Director A.B.C.R.F., Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University College Cork
Role in SSPC: Strand 1 Co-Lead, PI
Office: 4th Floor, Block E, Food Science Bldg.

University College Cork
  • B.Sc., University College Cork, 1985, (Chemistry)
  • Ph.D, University College Cork, 1989
Research Interests: 
  • Novel synthetic methodology - including the use of a-dizocarbonyl compounds in systhesis
  • Asymmetric synthesis - including asymmetric catalysis and application of biotransformations in organic synthesis
  • Synthesis of biologically active compounds - current projects are targeted towards compounds with anti-viral and anti-cancer acitivity
  • Extensive interaction with the pharmaceutical industry, within Ieland and overseas

Short Bio
Professor Anita Maguire has led an active research team focusing on synthetic organic and pharmaceutical chemistry, which interacts extensively with the pharmaceutical sector in Ireland and internationally.  She is very committed to postgraduate education, ensuring the research students gain the skills required to underpin their future careers; 40 PhD and 6 MSc students have graduated from her research team since 1997, most of whom have developed careers within the pharmaceutical industry both in Ireland and internationally. 
Professor Maguire is actively engaged nationally in strategic policy development in relation to research, STI policy, the academic industry interface and strategic development of the pharmaceutical industry, including as a member of the Advisory Science Council and the Irish Research Council. She chaired the Irish Research Council for Science Engineering and Technology (IRCSET) in recent years.  She also chaired the Advisory Science Council Task Force on The Role of PhDs in the Smart Economy which reported in December 2009.
More information is available on the Maguire group here.

Professor Maguire has authored >150 publications, including > 250 industry reports. She has been active in various aspects of commercialisation activities such as licensing, patents as well as providing international visibility for Ireland for successful, strategic industrial collaborations. 

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