David Moore graduated in 2002 with an MChem Biological and Medicinal Chemistry with a Year Abroad. He now works for Global Footprint Network as an Applied Research Scientist.
Tell us about your career so far.
My career developed in analytical chemistry between 2003 and 2009, eventually leading into a position in California managing an award-winning piece of software used for chromatography at Dionex Corporation.
In 2009 I made a switch into the environmental field by joining Global Footprint Network, an NGO dedicated to sustainability accounting. With this organisation, I moved from San Francisco to Geneva, Switzerland. I am now managing applied research for the organisation, developing the links between resource scarcity and economic and development outcomes with clients as diverse as the United Arab Emirates government; the US Environmental Protection Agency; and the city government of Curitiba, Brazil.
What was it like studying chemistry at UEA?
It was a highly rewarding experience, and the course offered sufficient general depth to ensure a broad view of the field, but with the flexibility to delve deeply into many areas. The interdisciplinary nature of many of the research groups lead to a very open atmosphere.
Why did you decide to study at UEA rather than another institution?
Three factors made the programme at UEA stand out:
- The opportunity to spend a year in North America. This was an incredible experience of my academic career and led to me settling in California for nine years.
- The MChem programme allowed an in-depth focus in areas of interest and to gain a qualification respected by employers.
- The flexibility of the programme right from the start, where I was able to select a focus in medicinal chemistry.
What did you think about the teaching and facilities?
I had my classes split between the Schools of Chemistry and Biological Sciences and both courses were taught in excellent learning environments. The experimental facilities in chemistry were of very high class, and the acquisition of a new laboratory during the time of my research project caused great excitement.
Lectures were delivered at a high standard, with an emphasis on directly engaging students rather than just presenting material, but the seminars we had were where real understanding was developed.
How has your course helped you in your career?
Without a doubt, my MChem project, supervised by Prof Julea Butt has been invaluable. The second job I got after my studies at UEA was gained off the back of my experience with voltammetric methods. Her teaching of independent research and how to approach it has stayed with me for a decade now; she has been the most influential mentor of my life.
What has been your greatest achievement in your career?
I think setting up a Swiss regional office for a California based NGO, while driving forward fundamental sustainability research has been my proudest moment in my career so far.
Looking back to your time at UEA, what advice would you give to new students?
Pursue your studies based on your intellectual curiosity rather than with a specific career in mind. The increased passion you have for the subject will see you through harder times, and will be clear to any employers after graduation.