One day, co-organised with Dr Marco Cantini (and lots of extra help!), full of talks and networking opportunities to discuss biomedical engineering at Seamill Hydro. Many thanks to Prof. Rachel Williams for accepting our invitation to present her work on biomaterials for ophthalmic applications and Dr Neil Findlay for his talk on careers outside academia and funding.
Celebrating the end of the year at the Burn with the Biomedical Engineering Division
What a fantastic experience this was ! Lucky enough to have been invited to a Newton-Bhabha workshop on antimicrobial resistance and microfluidics in Mumbai, India. Such a great atmosphere and plenty to think about. A very big thank you to Drs Despina Moschou and Debjani Paul for organising, Profs. Nicole Pamme and Jon Cooper for their mentorship and everyone else who made this trip so enjoyable. Special thanks also to Dr Asel Sartbaeva for exploring Mumbai with me - with lots of help from locals !
Inspiring day to celebrate engineering at the Royal Academy of Engineering Research Forum. Many thanks for allowing me to present our work on pathogen separation for medical diagnostics and featuring it in the booklet :-)
Andy had the opportunity to spend one week in Hanoi to test a new approach for sepsis diagnostics in hospitals. This project is a collaboration with Dr Julien Reboud and Dr Trung Tat Ngo, supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Development Seed Funding.
Thank you WiSTEM (Women in STEM at the University of Glasgow) for inviting me to your panel discussion to share my journey in engineering.
Another year, another successful Explorathon event! Great day at the Riverside museum showing to the public how sound and paper can be used for medical diagnostics at the point-of-care 🤗
From left to right: Alice Garrett, Andrew Farthing, Dana Aghabi, Melanie Jimenez (oops forgot to put the green t-shirt), Peter Quicke, Oliver Higgins and Julien Reboud.
Another great day spent with the SUSTAIN cohort discussing how to set up a research team for success at the Studio in Leeds!
With the end of the summer comes also the end of summer placements. A really big thank you to Alice Desprairies (left) and Alexandra Harrison (right), who worked with us on important medical challenges such as endometriosis and sepsis. It was a pleasure to work with both of you and we wish you all the very best !
Thanks to funding granted via the Franco-Scottish strategy meeting Auld Alliance call, Dr Micheline Abbas (Associate professor, University of Toulouse) and myself were invited to organise a workshop at the Institut Français d’Ecosse (Edinburgh) to connect researchers based in Scotland and France. The meeting – facilitated by Science and Technology Counsellor Dr Jean Arlat – was very fruitful, offering a unique breadth of expertise with researchers from the University of Glasgow, the University of Edinburgh, four different laboratories from the University of Toulouse (IMFT, LGC, TBI and ICA) as well as industry (uFraction8).
Fantastic week with Dr Ngo Tat Trung and Thau Nguyen Sy from Tran Hung Dao University Hospital (Vietnam), visiting us to discuss rapid diagnostics for sepsis as part of a Frontiers of Engineering programme (project led by Dr Julien Reboud - more details available here).
How good it feels when a project kicks off ☺️ Visit to Edinburgh to discuss our project on miniaturised devices to monitor women’s reproductive health with Ingrid Young, Damion Corrigan and Doug Gibson. And a big thank you to Claire Watson and Alice Desprairies for their hard work in the lab and their presentation of preliminary data !
On the 29th of April 2019, we are organising with Damion Corrigan an afternoon event in Glasgow focusing on rapid diagnostics to tackle the challenge of antimicrobial resistance. The event aims to connect engineers with other stakeholders (e.g. health professionals, chemists, etc) to discuss new devices that could help detect infections quicker. The event is free; you can find more information on the registration page HERE.
Dana worked with us on parasite purification using microfluidic technologies (in coll. with Dr Tansy Hammarton). To celebrate the end of the project and the fantastic work Dana has done, the group went on an away day in (not so sunny but yet beautiful) Edinburgh. A great day all together ! Once again, Dana, thank you so much and looking forward to building future projects with you !
Feeling honoured to be part of the SUSTAIN programme; one year of bespoke training and networking opportunities to empower female researchers working in the field of medical sciences. We had in March 2019 our first residential workshop at the Academy of Medical Sciences (London) focusing on topics such as mentoring, presentation skills, negotiating with power etc. Looking forward to the next workshop this September!