School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Cristina Navarro Reguero

Teaching Fellow in Chemistry



Cristina studied Chemistry at Complutense University (Madrid) where she received her Ph.D. degree with European mention in 2010. She developed new synthetic methods based on conjugate addition reactions under Rhodium(I) and Palladium(II) catalysis. During her Ph.D. she was a visiting scholar in the group of Prof. Janine Cossy (ESPCI, Paris) and worked towards the synthesis of 2-phenylpiperidin-3-ol derivatives and 3-hydroxypipecolic acids. She was awarded with a Fulbright Fellowship to work on enantioselective Gold(I)- Catalysis in the group of Prof. Dean Toste in UC Berkeley (California) for two years. In 2013 Cristina joined the group of Prof Christopher A. Hunter to study cooperativity in complex molecular recognition interfaces in the University of Sheffield. She moved with the rest of the group to the University of Cambridge in 2014 where she designed chiral information oligomers based on polyesters. During all these years working as a Synthetic and Physical Organic Chemist she was also involved in some of the teaching activities taking place in these institutions. In 2016 she was appointed as a Teaching Fellow in Newcastle University. At the moment she is involved in lectures, tutorials and practical courses of lots of different modules in both the Undergraduate Programme and the MSc in Drug Chemistry Programme.


  • 2010: Ph.D in Chemistry with honours and European Mention. Complutense University, Madrid.
  • 2007: MChem. Complutense University, Madrid.
  • 2006: MSc. in Education. Complutense University, Madrid.
  • 2005: BSc Chemistry. Complutense University, Madrid.

Previous Positions

  • 2005-2010: FPU Predoctoral Fellow (Spanish Ministry of Education). Complutense University, Madrid.
  • 2011-2012: Postdoctoral Research Associate (EPSRC). The University of Sheffield.
  • 2012-2013: Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow. University of California, Berkeley.
  • 2013-2014: Postdoctoral Research Associate (ERC). The University of Sheffield.
  • 2014-2016: Postdoctoral Research Associate (ERC). University of Cambridge.


  • Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Fulbright alumni association
  • Lucy Cavendish College (Cambridge) alumni


Undergraduate Teaching

Stage 1
  • CHY1101: Basic Organic Chemistry (Tutorials)
  • CHY1201: Elements of Physical Chemistry (Practical course Coordinator)
  • CHY1204: General Chemistry (Practical Course Coordinator)
Stage 2
  • CHY2001: Group Assignment in Chemistry (Group Tutor)
  • CHY2101: Organic Chemistry (Tutorials)
  • CHY2102: Bioactive natural products (Lectures)
  • CHY2201: Physical Chemistry (Practical Course Coordinator)
Stage 3
  • CHY3011: Research Literature Project (Project Supervisor)
  • CHY3108: Advanced Organic Chemistry (Tutorials)
  • CHY3206: Advanced Physical Chemistry (Practical Course Coordinator)
Stage 4
  • CHY8411: Research Project

Postgraduate Teaching

MSc Course
  • CHY8824: Methods and Techniques for Drug Chemistry (Lectures)
  • CHY8828: Bioactive Natural Products (Lectures)
  • CHY8811: Research Project and Dissertation (Second supervisor and demonstrator)

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