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Introducing SCI Ambassador, Jess Stacey

Jess Stacey

SCI has lots to offer from great conferences and networking to mentoring schemes to workshops that are all good for professional development.

What is your research field / your key areas of interest?
I am currently developing a tool that summaries data in the lead optimisation stage. The tool has a new visualisation that looks to demonstrate areas of chemical space that have been worked in whilst also showing areas that have not. The tool will then suggest potential new molecules to synthesise.

Why SCI? How did you first get involved and why would you encourage your peers to join?
I first got involved in SCI when my supervisor introduced me to it. SCI has lots to offer from great conferences and networking to mentoring schemes to workshops that are all good for professional development. I would encourage students to join as it allows you to have the chance to experience and dip your toe into the chemical industry.

SCI aims to be ‘where science meets business’. What is the potential commercial application of your research?
GSK sponsors my research, therefore, the hope is that my research is good enough that they wish to use my research within GSK.

What do you hope to gain from your involvement with SCI?
I hope to gain a better understanding of the professional industry and how my research could help, whilst also gaining an insight into what different companies are researching. I am also interested in networking with like-minded individuals that are passionate about science. I am also keen to gain some mentoring from experts who have been in the field a lot longer than myself to learn from their knowledge and experiences.

Jessica Stacey
University of Sheffield, Chemistry

The University of Sheffield

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