Paco gave a presentation as part of the 2016 Haworth Lecture activities

Yesterday, Prof David Leigh from the University of Manchester gave the 2016 Haworth Lecture at the School of chemistry. As part of the event, Paco gave a presentation on Nacho‘s work on enzyme-responsive materials. Overall, it was great day of science.

Speakers photo taken in front of Haworth Statue at the School of Chemistry. From left to right: Jim Tucker (Head of Research), John Fossey (Organiser), Rob Neely, David Leigh, Youcef Mehellou, Paco and Anna Peacock (Organiser)

Being held in Birmingham, the event ended with a discussion over a curry.


We are Recruiting – PhD positions available to start October 2016

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 does it again – Poster Prize at Royal Pharmaceutical Society

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.


Farewell Dinner for Marion, Escom visiting student

Marion, visiting student from Escom, France, has finished her summer visit. She did a fantastic job as part of her technician placement, working on Enzyme-Responsive Nanomaterials with Nacho. To celebrate her hard work over that last couple of months, all the group went out for a nice Japanese meal at Selly Oak’s Yakinori. Best of luck to Marion on her final years at Escom. Looking forward to see you again.

Review accepted in RSC’s Analyst – Electrochemistry to detect pathogens

Our review on using electrochemistry to detect pathogens has been just accepted for publication by RSC’s Analyst. This is the result of a collaboration with Para Rodriguez’s group here in Birmingham. The review presents an essential description of the three major electrochemical sensing methods used in the detection of pathogens, and the advantages and disadvantages of each of them. It was written by Nacho and Javier Monzo, who works in Para Rodriguez’s lab. More details of the review can be found here.


Paco gives invited talk at 1st Keele Nanopharmaceutics Symposium

Last Friday, Paco delivered a talk on novel polymeric antimicrobials at the 1st Keele Nanopharmaceutics Symposium. Overall, it was a great day of science and a great opportunity to catch up with some of our friends at Keele and other people working in this field.

Farewell Dinner with IIT Bombay visiting students

IIT Bombay students have finished their summer research visit. To celebrate their hard work over that last couple of months, the group went out. Evening started with dinner in a traditional Birmingham Balti Restaurant, and ended up having some drinks in the city centre. Members of the group of Paramaconi Rodriguez (Ampere Group), host of Shubhadeep, joined us during the evening. Best of luck Arka and the other students on your final years at IIT Bombay. Looking forward to see you again.