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Luis Castillo-Diaz obtained his PhD in 2015 working on on the design of peptidic hydrogels for cell culture applications following which he took up a 2-year PDRA position in our group. In 2017 he was appointed research scientistat the Center for Research and Applied Technology in Jalisco (CIATEJ) which is part of the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT).

Chris Hickling obtained his PhD in 2015 working on the design of peptide-enzyme networks for bioengineering applications. Following his PhD he went to Bolton University to take up a PDRA position.

Pietro Locatelli obtained his PhD in 2015 working on designing polyurea nanoparticules. He then was recruited as a Physical Polymer Scientist by Syngenta.

Laura Szkolar obtained her PhD in 2015 working on designing peptide based hydrogels for cell culture and tissue engineering applications. Following her stay in our group Laura took on a Research Associate position at the Michigan State University.

Nabilah Ruslan obtained her PhD in 2015 working on the design and characterisation of protein hydrogels for tissue engineering  and drug delivery applications.

Jonathan Gibbons obtained his PhD in 2015 working on controlling the mechanical properties of peptide hydrogels. He sunsequently became and intern as at Medical Consultancy company in London.

Chinemelum Nedolisa obtained his PhD in 2015 working on the design of TPUs based resins for composite applications.

David Roberts obtained his PhD in 2014 working in our group on the the self-assembly and gelation properteis of self-assembing peptide and peptide-polymer conjugates to design novel materials for drug delivery applications. He then was recruited by Piramal Entripses in Sctoland as a protein scientist.

Emma Lowe joined in September 2013 for 6 month and pusued Claire's work on optimising peptide hydrogels for stem cell differentiation. She then re-joined Dr. Merry group to pursue her academic carrier.

Claire Pickford joined our group In February 2012 for 18 month and worked on the optimising of peptide hydrogels for the differentiation of stem cell in collaboration with Dr. C. Merry.

Jie Gao joined our group in 2007 as an MSc. In 2008 she was awarded an University of Manchester Alumni Fellowship to do a PhD in our group on the gelation properties of model peptides and their use for cell culture applications. She graduated in 2013 and subsequently returned to China.

Jean-Baptiste Guilbaud joined our group in 2007 and worked on a number of project including the design of enzymatic triggered peptide hydrogels and the synthesis of novel polymer-peptide conjugates for the design of responsive hydrogels. In 2013 he was recruited by Crucell's pharmaceutical and analytical department as a research scientist.

David Adams obtained his PhD in 2011 working in our group on understanding and characterising the self-assembly and gelation properties of proteins.

Claire Tang obtained her PhD in 2010 working in our group on the understanding of the self-assembly and gelation properties of short peptide amphiphiles. She then took up a postdoctoral research position in our group working on designing peptide based biomaterials for topical drug delivery. In 2013 she was recruited by Rechitt Benckiser as a research scientist.

Stephen Boothroyd obtained his PhD in 2011 working on improving and controlling the mechanical properties of self-assembled peptide biomaterials. Following his stay in our group Stephen took on a Research Associate position at the University of Durham.

Ayeesha Mujeeb obtained her PhD in our group working on developing peptide based hydrogels for the culture of chondrocytes in 2012. Following her PhD she did a short postdoctoral stay in our group and then went onto work as a consultant for the Dubai Biotechnology Research  Park.

Achilleas Tsiotas obtained his PhD in our group working on segmented, high hard block content polyurethanes in 2012. Following his stay in our group Achilleas went onto work as research scientist for Goodyear Dunlop in Luxemburg.

Kate Meade was a postdoctoral research fellow in our group in 2010-11 working on applying novel peptides based scaffolds to stem cell culture in collaboration with Dr. C. Merry group. Following her stay in our group she took on a new postdoctoral position in our School.

Antons Maslovskis obtained his PhD in 2010 working on the synthesis and characterisation of peptide-responsive polymer conjugates. Following is stay in our group Anton went onto work as research scientist for AkzoNobel.

Omar Al-Sayari obtained his PhD in 2010 working on the structure-properties relationships in polyethyelnes synthesised using novel catalysts. Following his stay in our group Omar returned to work for SABIC.

Martyn Cornish obtained his PhD in 2010 working on the structure-property relationships in poly(urethane-urea) elastomers in collaboration with Huntsman Polyurethanes. Following his stay in our group Martyn went on working as a consultant for the English Cricket Board.

Maria Simon-Saenz obtained her PhD in 2009 working on UV-induced reactions in Langmuir monolayers. Following her stay in our group Maria went onto work for Unilever in their corporate research group

Antonios Konstantopoulos obtained his PhD in 2009 working on the self-assembling and gelation properties peptides.  Following his stay in our group Antonios went back to Greece to fulfil his military obligations.

James Steward obtained his EngD in 2008 working on properties of spray-dried detergent granules in collaboration with P&G. Following his stay in our group James went onto work as a Chemical Engineer for British Oxygen Company (BOC).

Florentina Stoica obtained her PhD in 2008 working on the synthesis and characterisation of polymer-peptide conjugates. Following her stay in our group Florentina went onto work as a Chemical Engineer for Shell International.

Elisabeth Vey obtained her PhD in 2007 working on the degradation dynamics of poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid copolymers in collaboration with AstraZeneca in our group. She then worked as a postdoctoral research associate focusing on the self-assembling properties of peptides for biomaterial applications. Following her stay in our group Elisabeth went on working for Ethypharm a pharmaceutical company.

Daniel Benton obtained his PhD in June 2008 working on "The Physical Characterisation of Protective Antigen Protein". Following his stay in our group he was appointed to a Lectureship at the University of Huddersfield.

Hui Yan obtained her PhD in May 2008 working on "Protein Hydrogels From Lysozyme: Structures, Properties and Applications". Hui went onto work as a Chemical Engineering Consultant for Advantica.

Helen Baker obtained her PhD in 2008 working on "Amorphous Pharmaceuticals: Formation, Characterisation and Stability". Following her stay in our group she was appointed by AstraZeneca (US) as a Research Scientist.

Sergio Garcia-Rivera obtained his PhD in 2007 working on "Amyloid Fibrils as Self-Assembled Biomaterials: An Insight Into Biopolymer Gelation".

Pasumarty M. Subrahmanyam obtained his PhD in 2007 working on "Microstrucuture of surfactant mesophases under shear". Following his stay in our group he was appointed by Unilever (UK) as Postdoctoral Research Scientist.

Paolo Mussone obtained his PhD in 2007 working on "UV-Induced Reactions in Langmuir Monolayers From Preformed Polymers". Following his stay in our group he became a postdoctoral research fellow in the Oil Sands Engineering Research Group at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada.

Laurent Caron was a postdoctoral research fellow in our group in 2006-07 working on the self assembling properties of model peptides. Following his stay in our group he was appointed as an Analytical Chemist with Cambridge Research Biochemicals (CRB).

Vincenzo D'Ignoti obtained his MPhil in 2006 working on "Model Segmented Polyurethanes: Thermodynamic - Structure - Properties Correlations". Following his stay in our group he was appointed as an Analytical Chemist with Dow Chemical (IT).

Debasish Haldar was a postdoctoral research fellow in our group in 2005 working on self-assembling properties of peptides for biomaterial applications. Following his stay in our group he was awarded a Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship and went to Würzburg University, Germany.

Rongsheng Zhang was a postdoctoral research fellow in our group in 2005 working on the self assembling properties of model peptides. Following his stay in our group he was appointed as an Analytical Chemist with Lipoxen, London.

Paul Metcalfe obtained his MPhil in 2005 working on the "Role of Chemical Architecture on the Physical Properties of Model Thermoplastic Polyurethanes".

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