Louis was born in Wick, a small town on the north coast of Scotland. He obtained his Masters degree in chemistry from the University of St Andrews that included one year in industry working for AstraZenca, investigating the developement of efficacious inhaled PDE4 inhibitors. His Masters project was carried out in the group of Prof. Andrew Smith, probing the utility of N-Heterocyclic Carbenes (NHCs) and isothioureas in various carboxyl and acyl transfer processes. Louis stayed in the same research group for his Ph.D., investigating the organocatalytic functionalisation of carboxylic acids. In July 2014, he decided it was time to leave methodology behind and joined the Sarpong group as a postdoctoral fellow working on the total synthesis of diterpenoid alkaloids.
Email:louis.morrill at berkeley dot edu