Dr. Nikitia Mexia


After obtaining a Degree in Pharmacy from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, I mainly focused my studies on the field of Natural Products Chemistry (Isolation, Structure Elucidation, Total Synthesis and Medicinal Chemistry). My occupation with research began as undergraduate with my Diploma Thesis, continued with my MSc and PhD Diplomas, and then with my first postdoctoral project in the Faculty of Pharmacy of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens as well. In September 2017 I joined the University of Leeds as Post Doctoral Research Assistant, working on the synthesis of small compounds, mainly natural products analogues, of colorant, cosmetic and / or pharmacological interest.

Research interests

My main research interest is the design and synthesis of natural products and analogues of them. This field comprises several aspects of organic chemistry such as dealing with -often multistep- organic synthesis reactions, the investigation of new synthetic pathways, the development of reaction protocols and the use of catalysts of either chemical or enzymatic nature in reactions. I have also gained significant experience in the valorization of industrial by-products, the discovery of novel compounds, the metabolic profiling of complex extracts and the use of all state-of-the-art spectroscopic techniques.

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  • PhD Natural Products Chemistry, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • MSc Synthesis and Isolation of Natural Products, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
  • BSc Pharmacy (DPharm), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens