1985 B.Sc. (1st Hons.) at University College Cork
1989 Ph.D. at University College Cork (Prof. M.A. McKervey)
1989 Postdoctoral Associate, Facultes Universitaires, Namur, Belgium (Prof. A. Krief)
1990 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Exeter, UK (Prof. S.M. Roberts)
1991 College Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, University College Cork
1998 Director, B.Sc. programme in The Chemistry of Pharmaceutical Compounds
2002 - date Director, Analytical and Biological Chemistry Research Facility
2002 - 2004 Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry, University College Cork
2003 - date Member of Governing Body, UCC
2004 - date Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry - School of Pharmacy and Dept of Chemistry
2005 - 2007 Head of Department of Chemistry
2009 - 2010 Head of School of Pharmacy
2011 - date Vice President for Research & Innovation, UCC

Anita Maguires research interests in Synthetic Organic Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Chemistry include:

  • Novel synthetic methodology - including the use of diazocarbonyl compounds and organosulfur compounds in synthesis
  • Asymmetric synthesis - including biocatalysis and transition metal catalysis
  • Design and synthesis of bioactive compounds with pharmaceutical applications
  • Crystal engineering
  • Extensive interaction with the pharmaceutical industry both within Ireland and overseas is a key feature of the research team

Current Administrative Experience

  • EGFSN study Future Skills Requirements of the Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical sector, IUA nominee to the Steering Committee, January 2010.
  • PCI Standing Committee on Strategy, 2009
  • Chair of College of SEFS Graduate Studies Committee, University College Cork, 2009-2010
  • Elected to the Senate of the National University of Ireland (1st November 2007 - 31st October 2012.)
  • NIBRT; Member Board (2006 - present)
  • ICSTI; Irish Council for Science, Technology and Innovation including Chairman of ICSTI Task Force on Embedding the Pharmachem Industry in Ireland established November 2001; report published February 2003.(2000 - 2004 when ICSTI was replaced by ASC)
  • ASC; Advisory Science Council (2005 - present); Chair of SSTI Task Force (2005); Member of Research Careers Task Force (2006-8); Chair of Absorptive Capacity Task Force (2007-9). link to Reports
  • IRCSET; Chair of the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology 2011 - date (Member from 2001-2006; Reappointed 2006-10)
  • Member of Governing Body, UCC (2004 - 2006; Re-elected 2007-12)
  • Member of Royal Irish Academy Chemical and Physical Sciences Committee (2004 - present; Reappointed in 2007-2009)


  • Office of VP for Research & Innovation
  • Department of Chemistry
  • School of Pharmacy
  • Organic and Pharmaceutical Synthesis Research Team
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