Technical Assistant Southampton
Profile of Michelle Montgomery

I joined the D Young & Co patent team in 2015 and have a strong technical background in the chemical and pharmaceutical fields.

Since joining the firm I have gained experience in the prosecution of UK, European and foreign patent applications for a variety of clients, including multinational organisations, SMEs and academic institutions.

Prior to joining D Young & Co I worked in the laboratories of multinational pharmaceutical companies, where I was involved in the synthesis of new target molecules for a range of therapeutic areas.

I carried out my doctoral research in organometallic chemistry at the University of Bristol. My research focused on the development of novel, palladium catalysed C-H functionalisation reactions for the synthesis of small organic molecules. In addition to this, I investigated the mechanisms underpinning these reactions both experimentally and computationally in order to understand the factors controlling their regioselectivity.

During my doctoral research I was awarded a JSPS fellowship to conduct research at Kyoto University, Japan. I have also published articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented my research at international conferences.


  • MChem in Chemistry with Industrial Experience, Heriot-Watt University.
  • PhD in Chemistry, Bristol Chemical Synthesis Centre for Doctoral Training, University of Bristol (part funded by Vertex Pharmaceuticals).
  • Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary, University of London 2017.


  • Student member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).
  • Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).


  • "Palladium Catalysed Ortho Arylation of Carbamate Protected Estrogens", Robin B. Bedford, Peter B. Brenner, Steven J. Durrant, Timothy Gallagher, Carolina Me?dez-Gálvez and Michelle Montgomery, J. Org. Chem. doi: 10.1021/acs.joc.6b00532.
  • "Catalyst Switchable Regiocontrol in the Direct Arylation of Remote C-H Groups in Pyrazolo[1,5-a]pyrimidines", Robin B. Bedford, Steven J. Durrant, and Michelle Montgomery, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, DOI: 10.1002/anie.201502150.
  • <"Remarkable Ligand Effect of P(2-MeOC6H4)3 on Palladium-Catalyzed Direct Arylation", Masayuki Wakioka, Yuki Nakamura†, Michelle Montgomery, and Fumiyuki Ozawa, Organometallics, 2015, 34 (1), pp 198–205.
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