Welcome to the O’Reilly Research Group! We’re based in the School of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham. Research in our lab is focused on Industrial Biotechnology and specifically, on engineering biocatalysts for a wide range of applications in organic synthesis. We focus on developing robust enzymes and optimized biocatalytic industrial processes. Please take a tour around our website to find out a little more about the research we do.
Elaine O'Reilly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1982. She graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) with a Bsc (Hons) in Chemistry (2006) and began a PhD in organic chemistry at UCD with Dr Francesca Paradisi.
In 2010, she moved to the University of Manchester where she spent four years working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow under the direction of Prof. Nicholas J. Turner. In 2014, she joined Manchester Metropolitan University as a Lecturer in Chemical Biology before moving to her current position in 2015 as Assistant Professor in Chemical Biology at the University of Nottingham. Her research focuses on the development and application of biocatalysts in organic chemistry.
Away from the lab, Elaine is married to Shaun and they have a baby boy called Harry.