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!
I had a great time presenting our work on microfluidics for bioprocessing at the Laboratory of Biological Systems and Chemical Engineering (LISBP) in Toulouse (France).
Did you know that we can design, manufacture and optimise tiny channels like the one in the picture below to separate precisely cells? We have ongoing projects to use such channels for the separation of parasites causing neglected tropical diseases to better understand their mode of transmission to humans. If you are interested, do not hesitate to send an email - we would be more than happy to further discuss our research with you!
Ewa presented our research on deformability induced lift force for purifying stem cell derived products using microfluidics at the microTAS conference in Taiwan... with a little bit of sightseeing too :-) More about her project here.
Honoured to have been invited by the Royal Academy of Engineering for the 6th Frontiers of Engineering for Development symposium. I spent a couple of days in Ho Chi Minh - Vietnam - discussing the place of engineering in healthcare. Lots of exciting discussions around medical diagnostics and antimicrobial resistance.
September is usually the month students finish their placement and last Friday we sadly had to say goodbye to Heather, Elise and Kornelia (short description of their projects below). Before them, we already had to say good bye to Alisdair Gordon and Pavan Kashyap. Thank you so much for your hard work, it was a pleasure working with you all and I am sure we will be in touch soon :-)
Although this looks like a personal website - nothing would be possible without them. Research is all about team work, from people just spending few weeks for a summer internship to PhD students spending several years on the project. I am very grateful to work with such great and talented people - THANK YOU !
Absolutely honoured to be one of the nine engineers who received a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship for 2018-2023. Exciting time ahead!
Ewa presented her work using Real-Time Deformability Cytometry to characterise manufactured red blood cells from stem cells at the Flowcytometry conference 2018. You can learn more about this work here. Fantastic line of speakers during the conference - including Garry Nolan presenting his work on next generation single cell "mass cytometry".
After a first lab in Edinburgh - it was great to see again the Cruciblists first in Glasgow (8 June) and then in Dundee (28 June). The Scottish Crucible was a fantastic opportunity to meet talented researchers from vary different backgrounds - would definitely recommend it to Early Career Researchers. If you want to know more about the Scottish Crucible, check here.