Jim was born in Fife, Scotland in 1995. He obtained his undergraduate and master’s degree (MChem) from the University of Edinburgh in 2018. His 4th year was spent working in R&D for the organic thin film transistors team at Merck Chemical’s ltd. Inspired to further develop his organic synthesis skills, he subsequently undertook his Master’s project in the lab of Professor Alison Hulme at Edinburgh, working on the synthesis of small molecule binders to the cyclophilin family of proteins.
Jim joined the group in November 2019 after a gap year in China studying Mandarin and teaching English. His research interests center around the integration of molecular machines into the nascent field of Systems Chemistry and the development of novel organic electronic materials.