We are a newly established research group at the Research School of Chemistry (RSC) at the Australian National University (ANU). The team uses organic chemistry to make molecules for drug discovery, materials and agricultural research applications. We also investigate and develop chemical methodology to aid in our synthetic efforts.

Team Leader – Dr Tristan Reekie

Tristan commenced his role as Undergraduate Convenor and group leader at ANU in January 2019. He completed his undergraduate studies and PhD at the ANU, where he was heavily involved in the chemistry teaching program. He then undertook a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the ETH in Switzerland in the group of Prof. François Diederich. Subsequently, Tristan moved to the University of Sydney as a Senior Postdoctoral Associate working as a medicinal chemist with Prof. Michael Kassiou. Tristan has been the co-inventor on a number of patents which have led to the spin-out company Kinoxis Therapeutics for which he remains a scientific consultant. Tristan has been an editor for Synthetic Reaction Updates since 2015 and is currently the Deputy Program Director for the Australian Chemistry Olympiad.

Group Members

  • Craig Stewart – PhD candidate
  • Phil Nashar – PhD candidate
  • Aidan Whitfield – PhB student
  • Matthew Gallaghar – Undergraduate student
  • Pheebs – Post-dog-toral Fellow

Past Group Members

  • Cameron Wallis – PhB student
  • Darby Liersch – Summer student
  • Alex Coram – Undergraduate student
  • Greg Gunawan – PhB student


To aid in our research we have collaborators at a number of different institutions including The University of Sydney, Charles Sturt University and Macquarie University.


We are always seeking qualified applicants for undergraduate, Honours, and PhD positions within the group. Please email Tristan for more information on available projects!

Details on graduate research at the Research School of Chemistry can be found here.  ANU PhD Scholarships are available for highly qualified applicants.