—– Please note that we will be looking to recruit a postdoctoral research assistant (PDRA) to our group for a 1.5 year project to start late summer 2021. Although official recruitment hasn’t begun yet, if you would potentially be interested in this fully funded post-doc position please get in touch via email@example.com. This would suit someone finishing their PhD and has experience in biomaterials science and cell culture. —–
Cardiff University, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences:
Ben Newland – Developing new materials for applications in neurodegenerative disorders.
Oly Bartley – (working part time with the Brain Repair Group).
Investigating oxygen-glucose deprivation in neuron progenitor cells
Carmine Varricchio – ISSF3 Wellcome Trust fellow – Developing novel therapeutic compounds for mitochondrial optic neuropathies
Majed Alghamdi – Oxygen producing materials for enhancing radiotherapy for glioblastoma multiforme (co-supervised by Prof. Mark Gumbleton)
Sebastiano Rizzo – Developing materials to support cell transplantation to the brain
Abrar Hakami – Synthesising heparin-mimicking biomaterials for growth factor delivery to the brain (co-supervised by Dr. Emma Lane)
February 2019 – Filippo’s return visit to Cardiff, together with Carmine joining the group, prompted an excuse for a curry together!
October 2018 – Postgraduate welcome day. Cardiff School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. Sebastiano, Dimitri, Ben, Filippo and Majed
Summer 2016 on the roof of the IPF in Dresden
The “last supper” (2015) for the group before Francesca departed for Italy and Johannes finished his undergraduate degree.
Rachel Hills (2017) – Research technician Funded by Parkinson’s UK to analyze biohybrid microcarriers for cell delivery
Franziska Hoppe (2017) – Cryogel microcarriers for the culture of neural precursor cells. Master’s thesis.
Christian Taplan (2017) – Polymer nanotubes for drug delivery. Master’s Thesis, also published in Nanoscale in 2018.
Marcel Baeger (2017) – Oxygen producing hydrogels. Marcel completed his batchelor thesis which was published in ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering in 2017.
Laurent Thomas (2016) – Synthesis and characterization of polymer nanotubes – Internship from the University of Strasbourg, top guy and top student. In 2016 he returned to Strasbourg to complete his Master’s course. His work was published in Scientific Reports in 2016.
Francesca Lorenzi (2015) – Preparation of elongated shape memory scaffolds for neurotrophic delivery. Francesca completed her Master’s thesis with us, in collaboration with Dr Silvia Gross at the University of Padova. An excellent thesis during which she made template synthesized cryogels, work that we need to finish off.
Petr Kolář (2015) – In vitro analysis of different cell delivery platforms. Petr finished his Master’s thesis with excellent grades, and his work can be seen in Small, with more yet to be written up!
Paul Wolff (2015) – Developing ROS scavenging materials – Master’s completed with top grades, and went on to TU Munich for a PhD! 2015. Paul’s work is published in Biomaterials Science and it was recognised for the cover issue image.
Daniel Leupelt (2015) – visiting Master’s student from the Universität Osnabrück, as part of a collaboration with Prof. Martin Steinhart to develop methods for filling polymer nanotubes, 2015. We finally published the work in Scientific Reports in 2016.
Some of the project collaborators, colleagues or previous people I have published with, with a general idea of the work we are doing:
Prof. Anna Williams. University of Edinburgh. Biomaterials for creating focal demyelination in brain slice cultures.
Dr. Katie Long. Kings College London. Biomaterial tools for focal delivery to brain explant culture.
Prof. Anne Rosser. Cardiff University. Cell transplantation to the brain.
Dr. Philipp Seib. University of Strathclyde. Focal drug delivery to breast cancer.
Dr. Wenxin Wang. University College Dublin (UCD). Wenxin continues to help and guide me with my work and projects. We collaborate closely with all matters related to polymer synthesis and characterization for many of my projects.
Prof. Martin Steinhart. Universität Osnabrück. Synthesis of polymer nanotubes.
Dr. Eilís Dowd. NUI Galway. Previous PhD co-supervisor and current co author of a review we wrote together.
Dr Leo Breydo. University of South Florida. The interaction of hyperbranched polymers with α-synuclein.
If you are interested in completing your Master’s thesis in one of my current research areas please get in contact.
Looking for a PhD Position?
We have an open position for a self-funded PhD student. Please see the findaphd.com advert. If you would like to apply please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lastly, please get in touch if you have ideas or would like to form a collaboration.