Nicola O’Reilly has been making peptides for the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF), Cancer Research UK and now Crick researchers since being hired in 1990.
She studied for her first degree, a BSc in Chemistry, at the University of Southampton. Whilst working for ICRF she studied for an MSc in Biochemistry at King’s College London.
During her career, as well as leading the Peptide Chemistry Science Technology Platform, she has also managed a 2-D Gel Electrophoresis group and a protein purification group.
Nicola’s aim is to provide novel peptide based reagents, small molecules and conjugates which allow interesting scientific questions to be asked.
Her interests now also lie in developing the chemistry side of the Peptide Chemistry STP and enabling access to the chemistry quadrant for biological groups.
As well as her work in the Peptide Chemistry STP, she has supported the Crick by delivering Unconscious Bias Awareness training and was part of the Athena Swan Self- Assessment Team which was received a Bronze Award in 2019.