Prof. Véronique Gouverneur

Biographic note: 
Véronique Gouverneur secured a PhD in chemistry at the Université Catholique de Louvain (LLN, Belgium), under the supervision of Prof. L.Ghosez. In 1992, she moved to a postdoctoral position with Prof. R. Lerner at the Scripps Research Institute (California, USA). She then accepted a position of Maîre de Conférence at the University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg (France). She worked with Dr C. Mioskowski and was Associate Member of the ISIS Institute directed by Prof. J-M. Lehn during this period. She started her independent research career as a member of the chemistry faculty at the University of Oxford in 1998. Her research aims at developing new approaches to address long-standing problems in the synthesis of fluorinated analogues of natural products, pharmaceutical drugs and molecular [18F]labelled probes for PET imaging. Since her appointment in Oxford, she holds a tutorial fellowship at Merton College Oxford where she teaches organic chemistry. She is Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford since 2008 and her research published in >140 peer-reviewed publications and presented by invitation at > 100 (inter)national conferences was recognised by numerous awards. She is currently holding a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2013-2018) and the Blaise Pascal Chair (Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris/Commissariat d’ Energie Atomique de Saclay/Paris Sud) (2012-2014). Her main interest is in the area of fluorine chemistry focusing on “synthesis, catalysis, reactivity and applications”. The impact of fluorine chemistry in the life sciences is enormous. 30of agrochemicals and 15% of pharmaceuticals on the market are estimated to contain fluorine. 19F- and 18F-labelled compounds are also finding increasing applications in Magnetic Resonance Imaging [MRI] or Positron Emission Tomography [PET]. As a result, there is an increasing demand for facile methods allowing for the fluorination using 19F and the radioisotope 18F of a large variety of structurally complex and functionalised targets.
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