I graduated from Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands) with a degree in Chemistry & Chemical Engineering. For my PhD, I moved to research institute IMO/IMOMEC in Belgium where I was part of the BIOSensors group of Prof Wagner. There, together with Maastricht University, I developed polymer-based sensing platforms that were used for the electrochemical and thermal detection of neurotransmitters. After finishing my PhD, I continued as a postdoctoral researcher within the same group to focus on aptamers as recognition elements. In 2014, I started working in the organic chemistry group of Prof Kilburn at Queen Mary University of London. Instead of biomimetic receptors, I focused on enzymes (“natural” receptors) and studying enzyme catalysis with electrochemical methods. My independent research started at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2015 where I was promoted to senior lecturer in Chemical Biology in 2018. Since March 2019, my group has moved to Newcastle University where I am a senior lecturer in the school of Engineering (Advanced Materials group). My research group focuses on developing novel (portable) sensing platforms that can be used in sustainable healthcare.
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Newcastle University, Merz Court, NE1 7RU, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Room Number: C530 (Merz Court), lab Bedson 1.69
EPSRC New Investigator Award: EP/R029296/1: £202,000. 2 year project for a PDRA and PhD student with as title: Development of thermal sensors for the detection of antimicrobial resistance
Cambridge Medical Technologies: contract research (6 months, PDRA Francesco and Mecozzi) and KTP through Innovate UK to work on detection of cardiovascular biomarkers.
NC3Rs (Medical Research Council): £49,910 for project together with MIP Diagnostics. 9 month project dedicated to the development of sensors for the thermal detection of cardiovascular biomarkers. More information can be found on: https://www.nc3rs.org.uk/new-sensor-platform-combining-plastic-antibodies-simple-thermal-detection-0
RSC: bursary from Materials Division for organization Bioinspired Materials Symposium), RSC bursaries to attend IUPAC General Assembly and Conference in Brazil and for summer students (Analytical Trust 2017 and 2018). RSC Research Fund (£3500) for starting academics.
British Council/Newton Fund: £10k for hosting visiting Indian scholar Pankaj Singla (August – November 2017)
Royal Society: participation in Royal Society pairing scheme 2017, paired with civil servant Ben Rayner (DEFRA)
Named inventor on the following patents:
UK Patent Application No. 1906710.7 (sole inventor)
EP2772753A1 – Heat transfer based analysis of bioparticles
EP3035055B1 – Aptamer-based biosensing
US 20140242605 A1 – Heat-transfer based analysis of particles
Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, former secretary (2017-2019) of the Manchester and District Local Section
Associate Member of IChemE
Member of IUPAC and of the SPT committee of the Polymer Division
Member of the Society of Molecular Imprinting