Megan Westwood

meganMegan received her MSci in Chemistry from University College London, where her final year project focused on synthesising self-doping conjugated polymers for use in thermoelectrics. Her current research focuses on incorporating self-healing functionality into organic semi-conductors for potential use in bionic skin.

Ana-Maria Ivanus

Ana_website-picture (2)Ana is a BBSRC-funded PhD student, part of the London Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme’s 2020 cohort. Her current work focuses on developing radio-labelled responsive fluorophores to elucidate the role of MMP in ageing, and she is co-supervised by Dr Graeme Stasiuk and Prof. Alethea Tabor.

Ana received an MSci in Natural Sciences – Synthetic Organic Chemistry & Biomedical Sciences from UCL. As a previous member of the group, she completed both a 3rd-year summer research project (funded by the Royal Society of Chemistry bursary) and an MSci project on the synthesis of bioconjugated organic semiconductors for photoacoustic imaging. She also spent the summer of 2018 at the University of Oxford, working on new chemistry for molecular motors in the group of Prof Hagan Bayley FRS.

Ryan Trueman

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Ryan is a member of the first cohort of the EPSRC-SFI funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Transformative Pharmaceutical Technology at the UCL School of Pharmacy. During his initial year within the PhD program, Ryan has undertaken two research projects. The first, conducted within the UCL Chemistry Department, focused on the synthesis of novel tumour responsive materials using self-assembling peptide nanogels for cancer imaging and therapy, the second at AstraZeneca developing an in silico model for the prediction of lymphatic absorbance of novel drugs. Ryan’s current research focuses on designing biocompatible organic semiconductors for nerve regeneration, and is co-supervised by Dr James Phillips and and Prof. Alethea Tabor.

Prior to joining the PhD program, Ryan graduated with Distinction from the UCL School of Pharmacy with an MSc in Drug Discovery and Development developing a 3D cell culture model for prediction of drug induced liver injury. Ryan completed his undergraduate degree at the Royal Veterinary College, in Biological Science, graduating with a 2:1.

Zach Edwards

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Zach received his MChem from Greenwich University where he completed his dissertation on the synthesis and spectroscopic study of diketopiperazine nanocrystals for drug delivery systems. His current research, co-supervised by Dr Giorgio Volpe, focuses on the self-assembly of organic semiconductors for printable electronics using a droplet manipulation technique.

Yasmin Choaie 

Yasmin Tokyo Tech 2020Yasmin received an MChem in chemistry from the University of Manchester where she completed her dissertation on the direct functionalisation of C-nucleophiles using FLP activated CO2 under the supervision of Dr Alex Pulis within the group of Prof. David Procter and carried on with the research during her summer of 2018. She also spent her summer of 2017 at KAUST working on perovskite solar cells under the supervision of Prof. Iain Mcculloch and summer of 2016 at Koç University in Istanbul working on the stability of doped oxides. Her current research focuses on designing and synthesising biocompatible organic semiconductors for photoacoustic imaging.