Dr Alice Williamson

Lecturer in Chemical Education and Outreach

F11 - Chemistry Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone 61 2 8627 0823
Fax 61 2 9351 3329

Website Open Source Malaria

Biographical details

Dr Alice E Williamson is a chemist, lecturer and science communicator based at The University of Sydney. Originally from the North West of England, Alice completed her PhD at The University of Cambridge, where she worked with colleagues to develop two new chemical reactions.

Alice was promoted to the position of lecturer in 2017. Her research focuses on the development of large research-enhanced laboratory courses, citizen science and outreach projects and she works as part of the Open Source Malaria (OSM) consortium.

Alice moved to Australia to take up a position as the principal synthetic chemist forOSM , who are pioneering an open source drug discovery project and are trying to prove that science is better and more efficient when all data and results are shared. The team won't patent any of their findings and publish all of their work online in real time so that anyone can access the research. In this role, Alice made new medicines in the lab, coordinated the international team and established unusual collaborations with high school students and undergraduates who have made new drugs designed to kill the malaria parasite.

In addition to her research, Alice has been lecturing chemistry for the past three years and developing skills as a science communicator. In February 2015, she was named as one of ABC RN and UNSW's Top 5 Under 40 in recognition of her passion for sharing science stories. She has been an active participant in science outreach events across Sydney and Australia. In April 2017, Dear Science, an ABC Podcast cohosted by Alice and Bernie Hobbs was released.Alice has been the host of a weekly science slot on FBi Radio's breakfast show since June 2015.

Awards and honours

Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Early Career Teaching, The University of Sydney, 2016

2017/18 Royal Australian Chemical Institute, Nyholm Youth Lectureship

ABC RN and UNSW's Top 5 Under 40 Winner, 2015

In the media

Reddit AMA, Open Source Drug Discovery, 5th October 2016

Making drug development less secretive could lead to quicker, cheaper therapies, The Conversation, 14th September, 2016

The see-through scientists, Horizons Magazine, Swiss National Science Foundation, 9th September 2016

Going for...green? Why Rio's swimming pools are changing colour, The Conversation, 11th Aug 2016

Open source removes secrecy in drug discovery, The Science Show, ABC Radio National, 7th May 2016

Furniture design's loss, chemistry's gain, The Science Show, ABC Radio National, 22nd August 2015

Selected grants

2017

  • STEM Communications (Open Learning Environment - Undergraduate); Gordon T, Williamson A, O'Byrne J, Oakley C, Hurst J, Sharma M; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

2016

  • Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2016; Todd M, Williamson A; Hitachi Australia Pty Ltd/Social Innovation Award.

2015

  • Open Research in the Undergraduate Laboratory; Williamson A, Rendina L, Todd M, O'Byrne J, Rutledge P; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Williamson, A., Gaunt, M. (2012). Oxidative dearomatization and organocatalytic desymmetrization. In Mathias Christmann and Stefan Brase (Eds.), Asymmetric Synthesis II: More Methods and Applications, (pp. 383-390). Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH. [More Information]

Journals

  • Williamson, A., Ylioja, P., Robertson, M., Antonova-Koch, Y., Avery, V., Baell, J., Batchu, H., Batra, S., Burrows, J., Bhattacharyya, S., Dean, M., Hungerford, Z., Tarnowski, M., Turner, P., White, L., Todd, M., et al (2016). Open Source Drug Discovery: Highly Potent Antimalarial Compounds Derived from the Tres Cantos Arylpyrroles. ACS Central Science, 2(10), 687-701. [More Information]
  • Williamson, A., Ngouansavanh, T., Pace, R., Allen, A., Cuthbertson, J., Gaunt, M. (2016). Rapid generation of complex molecular architectures by a catalytic enantioselective dearomatization strategy. Synlett, 27(1), 116-120. [More Information]
  • Smith, C., Todd, M., Patiny, L., Swain, C., Southan, C., Williamson, A., Clark, A. (2016). SCINDR - The SCience INtroDuction Robot that will Connect Open Scientists. Research Ideas and Outcomes, 2, 1-9. [More Information]
  • Badiola, K., Bird, C., Brocklesby, W., Casson, J., Chapman, R., Coles, S., Cronshaw, J., Fisher, A., Frey, J., Gloria, D., Quinnell, R., Robertson, M., Robins, M., Todd, M., Williamson, A., Ylioja, P., et al (2015). Experiences with a researcher-centric ELN. Chemical Science, 6(3), 1614-1629. [More Information]
  • Robertson, M., Ylioja, P., Williamson, A., Woelfle, M., Robins, M., Badiola, K., Willis, P., Olliaro, P., Wells, T., Todd, M. (2014). Open source drug discovery - A limited tutorial. Parasitology, 141(1), 148-157. [More Information]
  • Bigot, A., Williamson, A., Gaunt, M. (2011). Copper-catalyzed asymmetric α-arylation of N-acyloxazolidinones. Synfacts, (12), 1314-1314. [More Information]
  • Bigot, A., Williamson, A., Gaunt, M. (2011). Enantioselective a-Arylation of N-Acyloxazolidinones with Copper(II)-bisoxazoline Catalysts and Diaryliodonium Salts. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133(35), 13778-13781. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Todd, M., Wells, T., Willis, P., Olliaro, P., Avery, V., Ralph, S., Gamo, J., Charman, S., Ylioja, P., Robertson, M., Williamson, A., et al (2013). Open source drug discovery for malaria. 8th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health and 5th Conference of the Scandinavian-Baltic Society for Parasitology, Europe: John Wiley & Sons.

2016

  • Williamson, A., Ylioja, P., Robertson, M., Antonova-Koch, Y., Avery, V., Baell, J., Batchu, H., Batra, S., Burrows, J., Bhattacharyya, S., Dean, M., Hungerford, Z., Tarnowski, M., Turner, P., White, L., Todd, M., et al (2016). Open Source Drug Discovery: Highly Potent Antimalarial Compounds Derived from the Tres Cantos Arylpyrroles. ACS Central Science, 2(10), 687-701. [More Information]
  • Williamson, A., Ngouansavanh, T., Pace, R., Allen, A., Cuthbertson, J., Gaunt, M. (2016). Rapid generation of complex molecular architectures by a catalytic enantioselective dearomatization strategy. Synlett, 27(1), 116-120. [More Information]
  • Smith, C., Todd, M., Patiny, L., Swain, C., Southan, C., Williamson, A., Clark, A. (2016). SCINDR - The SCience INtroDuction Robot that will Connect Open Scientists. Research Ideas and Outcomes, 2, 1-9. [More Information]

2015

  • Badiola, K., Bird, C., Brocklesby, W., Casson, J., Chapman, R., Coles, S., Cronshaw, J., Fisher, A., Frey, J., Gloria, D., Quinnell, R., Robertson, M., Robins, M., Todd, M., Williamson, A., Ylioja, P., et al (2015). Experiences with a researcher-centric ELN. Chemical Science, 6(3), 1614-1629. [More Information]

2014

  • Robertson, M., Ylioja, P., Williamson, A., Woelfle, M., Robins, M., Badiola, K., Willis, P., Olliaro, P., Wells, T., Todd, M. (2014). Open source drug discovery - A limited tutorial. Parasitology, 141(1), 148-157. [More Information]

2013

  • Todd, M., Wells, T., Willis, P., Olliaro, P., Avery, V., Ralph, S., Gamo, J., Charman, S., Ylioja, P., Robertson, M., Williamson, A., et al (2013). Open source drug discovery for malaria. 8th European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health and 5th Conference of the Scandinavian-Baltic Society for Parasitology, Europe: John Wiley & Sons.

2012

  • Williamson, A., Gaunt, M. (2012). Oxidative dearomatization and organocatalytic desymmetrization. In Mathias Christmann and Stefan Brase (Eds.), Asymmetric Synthesis II: More Methods and Applications, (pp. 383-390). Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH. [More Information]

2011

  • Bigot, A., Williamson, A., Gaunt, M. (2011). Copper-catalyzed asymmetric α-arylation of N-acyloxazolidinones. Synfacts, (12), 1314-1314. [More Information]
  • Bigot, A., Williamson, A., Gaunt, M. (2011). Enantioselective a-Arylation of N-Acyloxazolidinones with Copper(II)-bisoxazoline Catalysts and Diaryliodonium Salts. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 133(35), 13778-13781. [More Information]

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