Dr Rianne M. Lord


UKRI Future Leaders Fellow and Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry

School of Chemistry 
1.24 CAP | University of East Anglia | Norwich Research Park | Norwich NR4 7TJ

Twitter: @DrRianneLord | Email: r.lord@uea.ac.uk 

UEA website: https://people.uea.ac.uk/r_lord

2021-present – UKRI Future Leaders Fellow – Rianne was awarded an UKRI FLF to conduct research entitled “Chemical and biological investigations of new vanadium compounds: determining their potential in the treatment of cancer”.

2019-2021 – Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry – Rianne was appointed as a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and was responsible for teaching undergraduate courses in inorganic chemistry and metalloproteins/ metalloenzymes. Her research group is focused on the design of new early transition metal compounds and assessing their potential in treating cancer. The team work in collaboration with the Schools of Biology and Pharmacy on 3D cell cultures, whole-cell EPR and cellular imaging.

2018-2019 – August-Wilhelm Scheer visiting Professorship – Rianne received two visiting professorship grants to conduct research in the group of Prof. Fritz Kühn (TUM, Germany), where she was working on early transition metal N-heterocyclic carbene complexes and assessing their catalytic and biological applications.

2016-2019 – Lecturer in Bioinorganic Chemistry – Rianne was appointed as a lecturer at the University of Bradford, teaching undergraduate inorganic chemistry, leading laboratory courses, and research projects for BSc/MChem/MSc students (both chemistry and biomedical sciences).

2015-2016 – Research Associate – Rianne returned to the University of Leeds to conduct a visiting research position on ruthenium anticancer compounds.

2014-2015 – Postdoctoral Research Associate – Rianne undertook postdoctoral studies at the University of Edinburgh, working with Prof. Polly Arnold, OBE on macrocyclic uranium complexes studying their potential for small molecule activation.

2006-2010 and 2010-2014 – MChem and PhD – Rianne received both an MChem (1st class Hons) and a PhD from the University of Leeds, working with Prof. Patrick McGowan on the synthesis of ruthenium arene compounds as potential anti-cancer drugs.

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • CHE-4301Y: Bonding, Structure and Periodicity
  • CHE-4602Y: Research Skills for Biochemistry
  • CHE-5301B: Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHE-6003Y: Advanced Laboratory
  • CHE-6001Y: Research Projects
  • CHE-6301Y: Inorganic Compounds – Structure and Function
  • CHE-6601Y: Protein Structure, Chemistry and Engineering
  • CHE-7001Y: Research Projects

Academic Responsibilities:

  • Deputy director of admissions at UEA
  • Reviewer for several journals and funding bodies
  • External examiner
  • RSC mentor
  • UEA RSC departmental representative
  • RSC East Anglia committee member