John Bower obtained his MSci degree in Chemistry (1999-2003) from the University of Bristol, where he remained for his PhD studies (2003-2007) with Professor Timothy Gallagher. He then undertook postdoctoral appointments with Professor Michael Krische (University of Texas at Austin, 2007-2008) and Professor Timothy Donohoe (University of Oxford, 2008-2010). In 2010, he was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship and commenced his independent career at the University of Bristol, where he was promoted to Professor in 2017. In 2020, he was appointed to the Regius Chair of Chemistry at the University of Liverpool. The group’s research interests lie broadly within the areas of organic synthesis catalysis, with a particular focus on metal-catalysed processes and their application to heterocyclic chemistry. The group's research has been recognised by a number of awards, including the 2013 RSC Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize, the 2015 RSC Hickinbottom Award and a 2016 Philip Leverhulme Prize. Since 2015, the group has been supported by the ERC (2014 Starter Grant, 2019 Consolidator Grant).