Darren Dixon

Darren Dixon

Darren studied at the University of Oxford where he received his Masters degree in 1993 and his DPhil in 1997 for work supervised by Prof Stephen G. Davies. After postdoctoral work with Professor Steven V. Ley CBE, FRS, he joined the faculty at the Department of Chemistry in Cambridge in 2000. In 2004 he took a Senior Lecturership at The University of Manchester and in 2007 he was promoted to Reader. In 2008 he moved to his current post at the University of Oxford where he is Professor of Chemistry and is the Knowles-Williams Tutorial Fellow in Organic Chemistry at Wadham College. His research program is centered on catalysis and synthetic organic chemistry and focuses on the development of new catalyst-enabled enantioselective synthetic methodologies and their application in synthesis.

Academic Positions

2014 to date
Director, EPSRC CDT in Synthesis for Biology and Medicine, University of Oxford, UK
2008 to date
Professor of Chemistry, University of Oxford, UK
2008 to date
Knowles-Williams Fellow in Organic Chemistry, Wadham College, Oxford, UK
2007 - 2008
Reader in Organic Chemistry, University of Manchester, UK
2004 - 2007
Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, University of Manchester, UK
2000 - 2004
Senior Assistant in Research in Organic Chemistry, University of Cambridge, UK
1997 - 2000
Postdoctoral Research Position, Prof. S. V. Ley, FRS, University of Cambridge, UK


1993 - 1997
D. Phil, Prof. S. G. Davies, University of Oxford, UK
1989 - 1993
MA Chemistry (1st Class Honours), St. Peter's College, University of Oxford, UK

Honours and Awards

Distinguished Visiting Professorship, Kyoto University, Japan
Alphora Lectureship, University of Toronto, Canada
2016 - 2017
Novartis Chemistry Lectureship, Basel-Boston-California
Visiting Professorship, University of Perugia, Italy
A. S. Kende Distinguished Lectureship, University of Rochester, USA
Fred Pattison Senior Lectureship, Western University, Ontario, Canada
Novartis Lectureship in Central Europe
AstraZeneca Research Award in Organic Chemistry
Royal Society of Chemistry's inaugural Catalysis in Organic Chemistry Award
Scynexis Lectureship, Duke University, North Carolina
2008 - 2013
EPSRC Leadership Fellowship