The Group


Steve Ley’s group has been one of the largest organic chemistry research groups in the UK and amongst the largest groups worldwide. He has now combined his two laboratories, the Whiffen and the Innovation Technology Centre, into one laboratory at the University of Cambridge.

Steve’s commitment to providing excellence in research training is reflected by the large number of chemists whom he has trained during his career. He has many former group members in academic positions (over 40) and virtually all of his students have either gone to work for the large chemical companies, smaller biotechs or in other chemistry-related fields. Excluding the current group this includes 240 PDRAs, 171 PhD students, 8 MPhil students, 125 visiting PhD/Erasmus students and numerous academic/industrial visitors from 23 different countries.