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30 under 30: Seeking Challenges in Cricket, Golf and Organic Chemistry

Meet Vijay Chudasama, one of the promising young chemists attending the 2013 Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting



Courtesy of Vijay Chudasama

Each year hundreds of the best and brightest researchers gather in Lindau, Germany, for the Nobel Laureate Meeting. There, the newest generation of scientists mingles with Nobel Prize winners and discusses their work and ideas. The 2013 meeting is dedicated to chemistry and will involve young researchers from 78 different countries. In anticipation of the event, which will take place from June 30 through July 5, we are highlighting a group of attendees under 30 who represent the future of chemistry. The following profile is the 15th in a series of 30.


Name: Vijay Chudasama
Age: 27
Born: London, England
Nationality: British

Current position: Postdoctoral research fellow at University College London
Education: MS in chemistry from University College London; PhD in synthetic organic chemistry/chemical biology from University College London

What is your field of research?
I have a broad range interests in my area of research, including antibody-drug conjugates, homogenous dual orthogonal modification of proteins, hydroacylation and green chemistry.

What drew you to chemistry, and to that research area in particular?
I have always found chemistry—particularly organic chemistry—to be the most challenging (and therefore most intellectually stimulating and rewarding) of the sciences. Being able to work in a field that solves ever more complex problems through increasingly clever innovations is truly fascinating and exciting.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I hope to have an independent research position within the next 10 years or so. I do not have a specific research goal at the moment, but I hope that I can make a significant contribution to science in the research that I carry out.

What is your dream study or experiment? If you had unlimited resources, what kind of research would you conduct?
I would study the use of antibody-drug conjugates to help in the fight against cancer.

What activities outside of chemistry do you most enjoy?
I enjoy golf and was a member of Sudbury Golf Club for several years. I have a keen interest in cricket and captained my secondary school cricket team to win the Brent Cup. I also enjoy reading, motor racing and current affairs.

What do you hope to gain from this year’s Lindau meeting?
It is well established that the pinnacle of recognition for achievement in one’s chosen area of study is the attainment of a Nobel Prize. As such, the Lindau Meeting represents a truly second-to-none opportunity to meet and converse with inspirational Nobel Laureates who have influenced and even molded the shape of science as we know it. Moreover, this opportunity is made more special by the prospect of meeting like-minded individuals who want to influence and contribute to the science of tomorrow.

Are there any Nobelists whom you are particularly excited to meet?
It would be unfair to single out one particular Nobel Laureate, as they have all made great contributions. In truth, I feel like I could learn a lot from any one of them.

 

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