Group members

 

 

Prof. Aline F. Miller is a Professor of Biomolecular Engineering in the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science having joined the University of Manchester in 2002. Prior to this she held a New Hall College Junior Research Fellowship at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University working with Professor Dame Athene Donald FRS. She is a chemist by training (B.Sc. and Ph.D.) and during this time gained several awards, including the Sir George Beilby Medal and the Hackman Research Fellowship. She has also gained several awards while in Manchester including the Exxon Mobil Teaching Fellowship in 2004 and in 2008 was awarded The Royal Society of Chemistry MacroGroup UK Young Researchers Medal and also The Institute of Physics, Polymer Physics Group Young Researchers Lecture Award for her work on self-assembling materials. More recently she won the 2014 Philip Leverhulme Prize for Engineering and was shortlisted for the 2014 WISE Research Award.Prof. Saiani ORCID

 



Prof. Alberto Saiani was awarded an European PhD in 1997 by the University Louis Pasteur, (Strasbourg, France). Following his PhD he was awarded a Fellowship by the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS), which allowed him to spend one year as postdoctoral research fellow at Osaka University (Japan). In 1998 he was recruited as postdoctoral research associate at Imperial College in the Chemical Engineering department where he stayed two years. In September 2000 he was appointed to a lectureship at the Université Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand, France) and in September 2002 he was appointed to a lectureship in Molecular Materials in the School of Materials, The University of Manchester. In 2013 Alberto was awarded an EPSRC Research Fellowship. Prof. Saiani ORCID

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Dr. Vicki Workman graduated from the University of Leicester with a BSc in Biological Sciences (Genetics) in 2000. After working in industry and academia on expression profiling (microarrays), she went on to complete a PhD at Cardiff University graduating in 2010. Her PhD involved developing a microfluidic method to encapsulate cells. Prior to joining the group in October 2013, Vicki worked in many labs, industrial and academic, and has experience of 3D cell culture, technology transfer and optimisation of protocols.Prof. Saiani ORCID
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Dr. Andrew Smith received his PhD from the University of Sussex in 2003 for working on the design and characterization of self-assembling peptide fibres in Prof. Dek Woolfson’s group. He then moved on to the University of Leeds to work on the use of mass spectrometry to follow amyloid and virus assembly. Following this he joined the group of Prof. Rein Ulijn at the University of Manchester in 2006 to characterise the self-assembly of Fmoc-dipeptides. He then moved to Prof. Thomas Scheibel’s group in Bayreuth, Germany in 2009 to work on various self-assembling protein and peptide systems, including spider silk. In 2012 he moved to the University of Reading to work with Prof. Ian Hamley on peptide amphiphiles for wound healing. He has now returned to the University of Manchester and joined our group to work on the design and developement peptide hydrogels for biomedical applications. Prof. Saiani ORCID
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Dr. Mohamed El-Sawy graduated from the Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University with B.Pharm.Sc.(Hons.) in 2004. After working for one year as a licensed pharmacist, he joined the Department of Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry at the National Research Centre in Cairo as a research assistant, where he worked on the design and synthesis of GABA analogues as anti-convulsant agents under the supervision of Prof. Nabil Aboul Enein. In 2009, he started a PhD programme under the supervision of Prof. Brian Walker in the School of Pharmacy at Queen's University of Belfast,  working on the design and synthesis of modified peptide analogues and peptidomimetics that were designed for targeting key protein-protein complexes implicated in cancer resistance to apoptosis. After finishing his PhD, he moved in 2013 to Bordeaux to join Dr. Ivan Huc group as a postdoctoral researcher in the Institut Européen de Chimie et Biologie at the University of Bordeaux, where he worked on the design and synthesis of aliphatic/aromatic oligoamide foldamers with helical conformations. In 2014, he  joined our group to work on the design and developement of peptide hydrogels for biomedical applications. Prof. Saiani ORCID

 

Jacek Wychowaniec graduated from the Aberystwyth University (BSc) in Mathematics and Physics with a first class honours degree. He worked on several experimental projects, such as the role of packing problems in a cereal grains, absorption-contrast scattering of thin film photovoltaic coatings performing x-ray scattering experiments at Diamond Light Source. He was a member of ASTeC team from STFC’s Daresbury laboratory working on The Transverse Energy Spread Spectrometer (TESS) as his final year project, developing a photocathode characterisation tool which drives improvements in photocathode performance, ultimately increasing electron beam brightness. He is an active member of Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA UK). IN September 2013 he joined our group to pursue a PhD focusing on designing nano-structured graphene-peptide hydrogels composites for biomedical and tissue engineering applications. Prof. Saiani ORCID

 

Zoalfokkar Al-Obad graduated in 2003 with a BSc in Materials Engineering from the University of Babylon in Iraq and then obtained in 2006 a MSc in Composite Materials from the same university. Following his MSc he was appointed lecturer and in 2012 became head of the plastic pipes testing lab at the University of Babylon. In 2013 he was awarded a PhD scholarship by the Iraqi government and in January 2014 he joined our group and is currently working towards a PhD on the design of PU resins for fibre composite applications.

 

Muayad Albozahid graduated in 2004 with a BSc in Materials Engineering from the University of Technology in Baghdad, Iraq and then obtained in 2009 a MSc in Materials Engineering (Polymers) from the University of Babylon. Following his MSc he was appointed a lecturer  at the University of Kufa . In 2013 he was awarded a PhD scholarship by the Iraqi government and in January 2014 he joined our group and is currently working towards a PhD on design of novel high modulus PU nanocomposites.

 

Illida Mohd Nawi obtained a BSc in Biomedical Engineering (Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering concentrations) from Case Western Reserve University, Ohio, USA in 2006. Back in college, she worked on “Minimal Invasive Cancer Targeted Drug Delivery Device” as her final year project. Later, she secured a job as a tutor at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which gave her the opportunity to further her studies. In November 2011, she was awarded MSc in Tissue Engineering upon acceptance of her thesis entitiled “Characterisation of Chondrocyte Matrix Responses under Biaxial Loading”. After securing a scholarship from the government of Malaysia, she joined the group in January 2014 to pursue her PhD focusing on designing nano-structured hydrogel for cartilage engineering.Prof. Saiani ORCID

 

Eva Adamidou graduated in 2012 from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece with a BSc in Chemistry. In 2014 she obtained a MSc (First-Class Honours) in Polymer Chemistry and Technology from the same University. In July 2014 Eva joined our group at the University of Manchester, where she is currently working towards a PhD focusing on the effect of responsive copolymers on the structure of phospholipids and their applications as drug carriers.Prof. Saiani ORCID

 

Kyle Burgess: graduated from the University of Manchester in 2014 with a BSc (Hons) in Biology, during which he undertook a final year project looking at ion transport across the lung epithelium and its subsequent implications in Cystic Fibrosis. In September 2014, he joined Manchester’s centre for doctoral training in Regenerative Medicine and in April 2015 began working on a collaborative project between our group and Manchester’s Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences. The focus of his PhD is to use an integrated approach, from material design to in-vivo testing via cell engineering, to develop a novel regenerative approach for the repair of the myocardium after infarction.

 

Beenish Siddique graduated with a BSc in Chemistry in 2011 from Aston University. After graduation she worked as a R & D chemist in industry on a wide range of projects raging from adhesive hydrogels for biomedical electrodes, wound and burn dressing to low volatile organic compounds for pressure sensitive adhesives and thermal interface materials. Beenish joined Polymer and Peptide research group in September 2014 to pursue a PhD, focusing on the design of polymer-peptide hydrogels for biomedical applications.

 

Haneen Naji graduated in 1998 with a BSc in Materials Engineering from the University of Babylon in Iraq and then obtained an MSc degree in Composite Materials from the same university in 2002.  Following her  an MSc she was appointed lecturer in materials engineering from 2003 to 2005 and then moved to be lecturer in electrochemical department in college of engineering. In 2013 she was awarded a PhD scholarship by the Iraqi government and in September 2015 she joined our group and is currently working towards a PhD on the design of PU resins for fibre composite.

 

Xinyi Zhu graduated from Changzhou University, China in 2016 with BEng in chemical engineering & technology. In September 2016, Xinyi joined our research group to pursue a MPhil focusing on peptide based materials for biomedical applications.

 

Jay Woo Kim received B.Sc. in Materials Science and Engineering in 2013 from Carnegie Mellon University, U.S.A. There he has involved in projects related to 2D electronic gas inspired from interfacial metal thin films for semiconductor technology and ATRP induced polyurethane synthesis for lead coating in defibrillator under supervision of Professor Lisa Porter, and Professor Christopher Bettinger and Professor Krzystof Matyjaszewski, respectively. He has joined Polymers and Peptides Group in winter 2016 to read for a PhD in Polymers Science and Engineering, through which he works on developing novel hydrogels, based on peptide-polymer conjugates.

 

Natalie Parsons graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2016 with a degree in Chemistry (MChem). During her degree she spent a year at Unilever, Port Sunlight as an industrial placement student where she developed hair shampoos.  In September 2016 she joined the Graphene NOWNANO Centre for Doctoral Training and in April 2017 she join Dr. A. Vijayaraghavan and our groups to work towards the development graphene- biopolymer hydrogel composites for biomedical applications.

 

Cosimo Ligorio graduated from the University of Pisa (Italy) in 2015 with a BEng in Biomedical Engineering. His final project, developed within the Biofabrication Group at the Research Center "E. Piaggio", dealt with the design and characterization of an open-source progressive cavity pump for biofabrication purposes. In September 2016, he moved to The University of Manchester where he graduated with a MSc in Biomaterials (Distinction) studying the process of viscous flow sintering in bioactive glass scaffolds through X-ray micro-computed tomography at the Diamond Light Source. In September 2016, Cosimo was awarded a PhD scholarship at the CDT in Regenerative Medicine and he joined the Polymers and Peptides research group in April 2017 to study mesenchymal stem cell differentiation onto peptide-graphene hydrogel composites for musculoskeletal tissue engineering strategies.

 

Helen Clough graduated from the University of Leeds in 2016 with an MBiol in Medical Sciences (first class). Her project was based in the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and was developing an organ culture system of porcine arteries using a bioreactor for research into the cause and treatment of cardiovascular disease. She joined the CDT in Regenerative Medicine in September 2016 and the group in April 2017 to develop a 3D cell culture model of tumours using self-assembling peptide hydrogels..

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