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PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of the Witwatersrand
Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ohio State University (OSU), USA
Jean's postdoctoral research topic spans the synthetic, mechanistic and biological studies of novel metal-imidazo[1,2-a]pyridines and xanthones.
Jean's doctoral research was in two areas:
The first was into using multicomponent coupling reactions to generate novel compounds that show potent anticancer activity. This project was organic based, but branched into inorganic and physical chemistry.
The second was an investigation into the mechanism of a novel reaction that was discovered in her lab at Wits, where ceric ammonium sulphate (CAS) was used in the key step in the synthesis of Xanthones.
2011 Sasol Award: Best Honours Project, 2011
2011 Penny Huddle Award for Teaching Excellence in Undergraduate Laboratories
2012 South African NRF Innovation Bursary
Poster Presentation at Indaba 7 Crystallography Conference, Kruger Park, South Africa, 2012
Poster Presentation at the Bi-National Organic Chemistry Conference, Tutzing, Germany, 2013
SA Patent: SA 2016/02478
Dam J, Ismail Z, Kurebwa T, Gangat N, Harmse L, et al. 2017. Synthesis of copper and zinc 2-(pyridin-2-yl) imidazo [1, 2-a] pyridine complexes and their potential anticancer activity. Eur. J. Med. Chem. 126:353–68.