I obtained my PhD in Organic Synthesis from the University College Dublin, Ireland, under the supervision of Dr. Eoghan McGarrigle. My PhD research was focused on developing methods and catalysts for the synthesis of carbohydrates. This work helped to elucidate the Brønsted Acid mechanism behind the thiourea-catalyzed synthesis of 2-deoxygalactosides. This discovery allows for a much simpler catalyst design and importantly employs much cheaper, commercially available catalysts than previously required. Prior to completing my PhD I received a bachelors degree from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, in Organic Chemistry. I completed a short postdoctoral fellowship in the Mattson lab, which focused on drug discovery and medicinal chemistry. Here I designed and synthesized analogues of natural compounds to target the Bcl-2 family of proteins for the treatment of cancer.