March 2021 – the group are pleased to announce a fixed-term (up to 3.5 years) teaching/research is available – full details can be found under the “Opportunities” tab.

Rianne presented a seminar at Durham University on “Early transition metal complexes for the treatment of cancer – a necessary evil?”

February 2021 – Rianne presented a seminar at Nottingham Trent University on “The effects of ferrocenyl moieties on the cytotoxicity of anti-cancer compounds”

January 2021 – the group published work on “Rhodium(III) Dihalido Complexes: The Effect of Ligand Substitution and Halido Coordination on Increasing Cancer Cell Potency” in Inorg. Chem.

October 2020 – Rianne was awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, which will allow her to conduct new studies on redox activated pro-drugs for the treatment of cancer.

The group welcome its first PhD student, Oliver King, who will be working on new vanadium complexes for the treatment of cancer.

The group also published work on “Bis(bipyridine)ruthenium(II) Ferrocenyl β‐Diketonate Complexes: Exhibiting Nanomolar Potency against Human Cancer Cell Lines” with McGowan group (University of Leeds) in Chem. Eur. J.

September 2020 – Rianne presented at the Norwich Research Cancer Network Symposium, on “Early transition metals drugs – a necessary evil?”

The group welcome MChem student Katie Littler who will be working on vanadium anticancer complexes, and BSc student Sophia Lacsina who will be working on ferrocene-based anticancer complexes.

July 2020 – Rianne presented at the UEA School of Chemistry’s seminar on “Ruthenium ferrocenyl beta-diketonate complexes: Nanomolar potency against human cancers”

June 2020 – our work on “Influence of Ligand and Nuclearity on the Cytotoxicity of Cyclometallated C^N^C Platinum(II) Complexes” with the Pike Group (University of Birmingham) was published in Chem. Eur. J.

April 2020 – our work on “β‐Diketonate versus β‐Ketoiminate: The Importance of a Ferrocenyl Moiety in Improving the Anticancer Potency” with the McGowan Group (University of Leeds) was published in ChemBioChem as part of the “Metals in Medicine” special edition.

March 2020 – UEA celebrate “International Womens Day”

February 2020 – Rianne delivers an invited talk “Metal anticancer complexes: the complexity of coordination compounds as drug candidates” as part of the School of Pharmacy (UEA) seminar series.

December 2019 – the group has a 3-year funded PhD position cover tuition fees for UK/EU students – full details can be found under the “Opportunities” tab.

Our work on “Precious metal N-heterocyclic carbene-carbaboranyl complexes: Cytotoxic and selective compounds for the treatment of cancer” with the Willans Group (University of Leeds) was accepted in J. Organomet. Chem.

November 2019 – Rianne attended the “Metals in Medicine” workshop in Paris, and presented a poster on “Simple Oxovanadium Complexes with High Cytotoxicity”

Rianne was nominated for a “Mentor of the Year” award from the Northern Power Women (and was long listed in December).

Rianne was invited by Prof. Meyer (FAU) to give a seminar in Erlangen, entitled “Transition metal complexes: from structural design to cancer cell selectivity”

September-December 2019Rianne began an August-Wilhelm Scheer visiting professorship at the Technische Universität München under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Fritz Kühn, and will conduct research on synthetic inorganic chemistry for medicinal chemistry applications.

September 2019 – Rianne left the University of Bradford and began her new position as a Lecturer of Inorganic Chemistry at the University of East Anglia

September 2019 – Rianne gave a talk on “Multiple pathways to success” to young researchers at the Joliot-Curie Conference (Nottingham), and participated in a discussion panel and grant writing workshop.

Our work with the Arnold and Love Groups (University of Edinburgh) was accepted in Chem. Sci.

Rianne gave an invited talk at the “International Symposium of Coordination Compounds” (University of Leeds), entitled “Fast, facile and solvent-free dry melt synthesis of oxovanadium(IV) complexes: Simple design with high potency towards cancerous cells”

August 2019 – our latest work on “Anticancer, antifungal and antibacterial potential of bis(β-ketoiminato)ruthenium(II) carbonyl complexes” with the McGowan Group (University of Leeds) was accepted in Inorganica Chim.

Our work on “Fast, Facile and Solvent‐Free Dry‐Melt Synthesis of Oxovanadium(IV) Complexes: Simple Design with High Potency towards Cancerous Cells” was accepted in Chem. Eur. J. – a fantastic effort from two visiting students!!

July – August 2019 – Rianne was invited to present at the 9th International Symposium on Bioorganometallic Chemistry, York, U.K.

July 2019 – very proud to announce my first every 3rd year students graduated from the University of Bradford with their BSc degrees in Chemistry – wow! 3 years went very fast!!

We attended ‘Overcoming Barriers in Chemistry Teaching within the Biosciences” which was lead by Dr Clare Towse, University of Bradford

June 2019 – Rianne presented her work on organometallic iridium anticancer compounds, at the 15th International Symposium on Applied Bioinorganic Chemistry (ISABC19), Nara, Japan

May 2019 – Rianne delivers an invited inorganic seminar on “Metal anticancer complexes: the complexity of coordination compounds as drug candidates” at the University of Loughborough.

March 2019 – Rianne volunteered to help the Student Union to deliver a workshop on stereotyping in sports and careers.


February – March 2019 – Alongside the VC and other delegates, Rianne took part in the “Destination Bradford” trip to Pakistan, to help promote education in both Pakistan and Bradford, whilst meeting with alumni and partners from across the Higher Education sector.


September-December 2018 – Rianne began an August-Wilhelm Scheer visiting professorship at the Technische Universität München under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Fritz Kühn, and will conduct research on synthetic inorganic chemistry for medicinal chemistry applications.

September 2018 – Rianne attended and presented at the Meeting of Inorganic Chemists Recently Appointed (MICRA) at the University of Cardiff.

Rianne attended the 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, Boston, and presented three oral presentations and one poster presentation.

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PgCHEP Graduation 2018

August 2018 – Rianne was awarded a University of Bradford pump-prime research fund award to conduct research on the delivery of new iridium drugs. Additionally, along with her co-workers at the University of Bradford, Rianne was awarded two further grants as Co/I; a pump-prime award (PI: Dr Sarah Pike) and an early career researcher award (PI: Dr Thomas Swift) to conduct research on inorganic drugs and air-sensitive synthesis, respectively.

July 2018 – it was graduation day for Rianne and her fellow colleagues from the University of Bradford, where she graduated with a Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (distinction) and became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

June 2018 – Rianne was awarded an August-Wilhelm Scheer visiting Professorship at the TUM, Germany. She will conduct 3 months of research there between September-December 2018.

As part of the University of Bradford’s Research Day, Rianne gave a poster entitled “Organometallic Iridium Complexes: Highly Cytotoxic and Selective Towards Colorectal Cancer.”

Our work with Shepherd Group (University of Sheffield) on “Antibiotic functionalised polymers reduce bacterial biofilm and bioburden in a simulated infection of the cornea” was accepted in Biomat. Sci.

May 2018 – Rianne gave an invited seminar at KCL on “Coordination and Orgnaometallic Complexes: Highly cytotoxic and selective towards cancer”.

Rianne helped out at this years Go Higher West Yorkshire ‘Love STEM festival’, which was hosted by the University of Bradford.  Additionally, the festival was granted with the presence of Marty Jopson, a fantastic performer and scientist, who provided an active seminar linked to his current published book ‘The Science of Everyday Life: Why Teapots Dribble, Toast Burns and Light Bulbs Shine’.

The department attended the RSC Centenary Prize Symposium at the University of Leeds. The symposium on ‘Form and Function: Molecular Machines in Chemistry and Biology’ included a plenary lecture from Professor Ben Feringa, the 2016 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry.

April 2018 – Rianne was invited by the RSC to sit on a discussion board for “Breaking the Barriers” – women’s retention and progress in science at Burlington House London.

Rianne was a judge for the Salters Festival and the University Challenge held at the University of Bradford. Congratulations to all of the winning schools!

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Rianne presented her research on “Organometallic Iridium Complexes: Highly Cytotoxic & Selective Towards Colorectal Cancer” at this years Dalton conference, University of Warwick.

Mach 2018 – Rianne gives a careers in chemistry talk at the Notre Dame College in Leeds.

Rianne attends an EPSRC Early Career Workshop in Nottingham.

Rianne was selected to present her research at the STEM for Britain, in which she presented to other scientists and MPs at the Houses of Parliament.

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STEM for Britain 2018

Rianne participated in this years Twitter poster conference which is organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

January 2018 – The Lord group welcomes Wella, who is undertaking a 4 week biomedical BSc research project. She will be assessing the chemosensitivity of some novel iridium compounds.

Rianne attends the Cancer Research and Global Health Workshop (London) organised by the MRC.

December 2017 – Congratulations to Anisha, Hannah and Hira, who all graduated today with an MSc in biomedical sciences!

Rianne gives an invited seminar at the IIT Kharagpur, India on the groups “Novel rhodium compounds and their application as cancer therapeutics”.

Rianne attends the Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop on ‘Peptides, Proteins and Metals in Disease and Therapy’, held at the IIT Kanpur, India

October 2017 – the group welcomes Hamdan Ikram starting his MChem research project on new vanadium therapeutics.

September 2017 – Rianne attends a meeting to discuss the progression of Chemistry3 at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, London.

Our collaborative work with the Barry Group (University of Bradford) on “Pseudo electron-deficient organometallics: limited reactivity towards electron-donating ligands” is published in Dalton Trans. 


Congratulations to the MSc students Anisha, Hira and Hannah on completing their studies – see you all at graduation!

Rianne is awarded a Newton grant to attended the Newton Bhabha Researcher Links Workshop on ‘Peptides, Proteins and Metals in Disease and Therapy’.

The Lord research group attend the University of Leeds conference, Chemistry: The Science Around Us – Markus presented our work on “Novel metal picolinamides and their anti-cancer potential.”

August 2017 – Rianne attends the 254th ACS Meeting in Washington D.C. – presenting in 3 poster sessions (including Sci-Mix) and an oral presentation on novel metal picolinamide complexes and their anti-cancer potential.

We say goodbye to our visiting A-level students Amy and Humairaa, who were part of the Nuffield Foundation projects. An impressive amount of work from such young students! Well done to you both!

July 2017 – We say goodbye to our MSc biomedical project students Anisha, Hannah, and Hira, who have all made excellent progress and contributed to several research papers. Well done all!

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The group welcomes Amy Scholes (Immanuel School, Bradford) and Humeiraa Parvaz (Laisterdyke School, Bradford) to undertake their summer projects, kindly supported by the Nuffield Foundation and the University of Bradford STEM Centre.

June 2017 – Rianne and Markus attend the Dalton Regional Meeting at the University of Sheffield and present their work on novel anti-cancer compounds.

Rianne was awarded an Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

Rianne attends the University of Bradford’s annual teaching conference.

Rianne and Markus present their work at the Post-Graduate Research Conference in Bradford.

May 2017 – the group welcomes MSc students Hannah Spencer, Hira Bani Hani and Anisha Sharma working on projects related to cancer therapy.

Rianne has been accepted to present her work at the 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C. in August 2017.

April 2017 – Rianne presented at the ISACS: Challenges in Inorganic Chemistry Conference, Manchester, and discussed her recent publication on cytotoxic trans-ruthenium anti-cancer compounds.

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Rianne Lord presenting at the ISACS

Our work with McGowan Group (University of Leeds) on “Bis‐picolinamide Ruthenium(III) Dihalide Complexes: Dichloride‐to‐Diiodide Exchange Generates Single trans Isomers with High Potency and Cancer Cell Selectivity” is published in Chem. Eur J.

March 2017 – Rianne presents her latest work at the first inorganic Twitter poster conference #RSCposters #RSCInorg

Our work with with Arnold and Love Groups (University of Edinburgh) on “Multi-electron reduction of sulfur and carbon disulfide using binuclear uranium(III) borohydride complexes” is published in Chem. Sci.

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Rianne visits the BSc students at the University of Leeds to discuss their synthesis of new vanadium anti-cancer compounds.

February 2017 – the group welcomes Dr Markus Zegke as a PDRA – his work will be focusing on the synthesis and characterisation of new copper and vanadium compounds as therapeutic agents.

January 2017 – the group welcomes their first biomedical BSc student Jamie Box – his work will be focused on the cytotoxic potential of group 8 and 9 compounds against human colorectal cancers.

December 2016 – Our work with McGowan Group (University of Leeds) on “β ‐Diketonate Titanium Compounds Exhibiting High In Vitro Activity and Specific DNA Base Binding” is published in ChemistrySelect – this work is dedicated to the memory of Dr Julie Fisher (University of Leeds).

October 2016 – Rianne delivers her invited seminar talk at the Institute of Cancer Therapeutics – on transition metal complexes and their potential in the treatment of cancer.

MChem students Matthew Christie and Ajaz Hussain join our research group  – working on new bidentate and tetradentate metal compounds as potential anti-cancer agents.

August 2016 – Rianne begins her independent academic position as a Lecturer in Bioinorganic Chemistry at the University of Bradford.