Sarah May Kernaghan
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Sarah Kernaghan is a postgraduate student within the PMBRC and the Department of Science, researching in the field of Green Chemistry, Flow Chemistry and Biocatalysis. 

Her project involves researching green and sustainable strategies for the pharmaceutical industry. Her project title is the "Green Synthesis of Pharmaceutically Relevant β-Hydroxy Ketones using Biocatalysis in Batch and Flow". She began in September 2021 under the supervision of Dr Claire Lennon, Dr Michael Kinsella, and Dr Tracey Coady. 

Sarah completed her undergraduate degree at QUB in Biomedical Science and returned to complete her MRes in Translational Medicine, specialising in drug discovery and cancer medicine. Both degrees involved a medicinal chemistry research project, where small molecule inhibitors were synthesised to target specific enzymes associated with malaria and cancer. 

Before joining SETU, Sarah gained pharmaceutical industry experience while working in the R&D department of Norbrook Laboratories Ltd. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Masters Degree, Queen's University Belfast

Award Date: 14 Dec 2018

Bachelors Degree, Queen's University Belfast

Award Date: 30 Jun 2016


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