Meet Joe Davies, a new addition to the Colour Synthesis Solutions (CSS) team as a chemist.

A 2018 graduate of the University of Salford, Davies earned a 1st Class Honours Degree in Pharmaceutical Science with an emphasis in Organic Chemistry. He returned to the University of Salford and earned a Master of Science Degree in Organic Chemistry.

His final year project at university focused on the oxidative cyclisation reaction of the preparation of oxazole scaffolds for cytotoxic testing of drug-like compounds on HepG2 cancer cells. Davies’ M.Sc. project was in organic synthesis of small-molecule GlycoMimetics for the prevention of wound-healing in scratch assays in DAOY Medulloblastoma cells.

He noted these compounds were based on glycosaminoglycan (GAG) biochemistry and rational drug design of GAG-like compounds.

Outdoor activities such as hiking and rock-climbing help Joe fill his time away from work. He’s also a professional paintball referee who has officiated U.K. tournaments for nine years.