MD Candidate Eason Sivayoham will be giving a talk, ‘The development of engineered keratinocyte cell sheets using ink-jet printer technology’ in preparation for the 2011 UKSB meeting in Greenwich. The meeting will be in Room C17 (Materials) at 2 PM on Thursday 16th 2011.
There will be a group meeting on Thursday 7th April 2011 in Room C17 (Materials) at 2 PM. Dr Steven Wilkinson will be giving a talk on ‘Cell Property Modelling from Scanning Acoustic Microscopy Images’.
There will be a group meeting on Thursday 24th March 2011 in Room B4 (Materials) at 3 PM. Dr Xuegen Zhao will be giving a talk on ‘Quantifying micromechanical Properties of soft biological tissues with Scanning Acoustic Microscopy’.
Two new PhD students joined the Derby Group this year, Israa Sabree and Tarif Ali. A brief bio for Israa and Tarif are below:
Israa K. Sabree graduated from University of Babylon in Iraq with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering and later (2000) completed a Masters degree in Corrosion of Materials. She commenced a PhD at the School of Materials, University of Manchester under Professor Derby’s supervision in May 2010. Her research is on the Fabrication of Bioglasses by Stereolithography.
Tarif Ali graduated from the Lancaster University BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry (1997). He worked in industry for several years in quality control/assurance and achieved M&S Laboratory Accreditation in textile testing. In 2002, he completed a PGCE at Manchester for Secondary and Further Education specialising in Chemistry. Tarif has taught for many years at various schools including the historic Walton High School in Nelson which was honoured with a visit by HRH Prince Charles, which was later replaced with the new Pendle Vale College, a “Superschool”. Prior to joining the Derby Group, he became a Schools Support Officer for Lancashire County Council (2008). He commenced a CASE award PhD in October 2010 on “Inkjet printing of enzymes for Biosensor and Biofuel cell applications” under Professor Derby’s supervision. The PhD is sponsored by Applied Enzyme Technology Ltd. Tarif is also an Educational Support Tutor for LCC and currently runs a homework support clinic every Saturday at a local Community Centre.
Dr Rachel Saunders is now a EPSRC Life Sciences Interface Research Fellow. She obtained the award in August 2009. Congratulations Rachel!
Rui Dou graduated in December 2009. Well done Dr Dou! He is now working as a postdoc in the Derby Group on a project which involves inkjet printing of ceramics.
Dr Jonathan Stringer has now left the Derby Group after completing a PhD and 3 years postdoctoral work under Prof. Derby’s supervision. We wish him well for the future.
Dr Rick Knight is now working in the Derby Group on a project looking to optimise inkjet printing for research in the life sciences. Rick’s short biography is below:
Rick graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc (Hons) in Genetics & Medical Microbiology in 2000. He went on to complete a PhD at Leeds entitled ‘Development of Methods for Tissue Engineering of Cardiac Valves Using Mesenchymal Stem Cells’ in 2004 and continued with this research in a Post-doctoral position there. He joined the University of Manchester in 2007 on a post-doctoral project with a consortium of companies to create a textile for maxillofacial bone repair incorporating bioactive glass. He now works as a Postdoc with Professor Brian Derby investigating the optimisation of inkjet printing for research in the life sciences.
Alastair Selby (First Year PhD student) in the Derby Group gave a presentation entitled ‘An Investigation into Nanoindentation of Hydrogel Contact Lenses’ – click here to download a pdf of the talk.