Over the last two days, the School of Chemistry at Birmingham celebrated its Annual Post-graduate Symposium. As in previous editions, 2nd and 3rd year PhD students were able to showcase their results and discuss them with their peers and members of staff in the School. The group contributed this year with two oral presentations from Nacho and Daniel. Also, Menisha participated by chairing one of the sessions. Overall, two great days of science, ended with PhD students selecting Nacho’s presentation on enzyme-responsive particles for antimicrobial delivery as their favourite presentation. Well done!
Daniel Giving his presentation on reactive polymeric scaffold and gene delivery
Nacho presenting antibiotic resistance challenge
Nacho presenting his work on enzyme responsive PIC particles
Menisha chairing her session of the Biomolecular, Supramolecular and Nanoscale Chemistry Unit
Nacho receiving his oral presentation prize from Dr John Wilkie, organiser of the event
You can find more details about the event on the School of Chemistry twitter timeline.
Finally, after almost 3 years in Birmingham, we have managed to take a picture of the group. Lots of people, including some visiting students. In the back, from left to right: Greg Burgess, Nathan Curzon, Joel Marriner, Paco, Daniel Crisan, Andy Wilkinson, Adam Kolodziej. In the front, also from left to right, Nico Perez, Nacho Insua, Emma Faulkner, Nohora Rueda, Julia Lipecki, Mo Hadis and Zelu Brioso. Sir Norman Haworth is not a member of the group but, as with every group in Birmingham, a big inspiration.
We are recruiting PhD students to work on any of our research areas of interest:
Stimuli-responsive nanomaterials as imaging probes to detect microbial pathogens.
Nanomaterials to interfere with ‘non-conventional’ targets of bacterial infection such as adhesion, quorum sensing or bacterial membranes.
Functional nanomaterials for the delivery of conventional antibiotics in a targeted way.
These PhD studentships are funded through the MIBTP (Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership). This is a 1 year Masters, followed by 3 Year PhD programme and each year (stipend and fees) is fully funded. The MIBTP is a highly competitive and prestigious PhD programme and early application is essential. Deadline for application is 10th of January 2016.
If you want more information on the projects available just check our vacancies page.
Emma, our joint PhD student with Cameron Alexander (Nottingham) and Eduardo Fernandez-Megia (Santiago), has won another poster for her work on dendrimers to target microbial adhesion and Quorum Sensing. Well done.