Meet the Researcher Webinar Series
The Meet the Researcher Webinar Series offers the opportunity to hear from current PhD students and postdoctoral researchers about their research, interest in science, and journey to university.
At a glance
These webinars are aimed at students in Years 12 and 13 but everyone of all ages are welcome to register and watch.
Meet the Researcher Webinars Series
Have you ever wondered what researchers at Imperial actually do? Meet the Researcher webinars allow you to find out how our researchers got to where they are now, what excites them about their field of research and what their current projects are on. Each webinar will feature one of Imperial's researchers talking about their academic and research journey so far and you'll have the chance to ask them any questions you have!
November and December 2021
Meet the Researcher - Cecylia from Biology
Cecylia Watrobska is a Biology PhD student at Royal Holloway, University of London and Imperial College London, looking at how bees learn and remember the world around them. In this webinar, she will introduce you to the intricate world of bee cognition, and ask questions about how an animal with such a tiny brain evolves such complex learning abilities. You’ll be able to apply your current A-level knowledge to research questions, and see the range of potential research avenues that a degree in Biology can offer.
Date: Wednesday 3 November
Meet the Researcher – Prerana from the Department of Surgery and Cancer
Dr Prerana Gogoi is an MSc student in Surgical Innovation from the Department of Surgery and Cancer at the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial. She is a surgical trainee and has a degree in medicine, currently working in Artificial Intelligence in Medicine/Surgery and its nuances. A keen STEM ambassador, she believes that the future of surgery lies in integration of the friendship between robots and humans. As she is continually impressed by young dreamers from A-levels and the ideas they bring to the conversation, she believes that the question whether “Robots will take over the future” lies at the behest of the greatest minds in the upcoming generation.
Date: Wednesday 10 November
Meet the Researcher – Al-Amin from the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Al-Amin Bugaje is a PhD student at the Control and Power Group in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, Imperial College London, working on low carbon electricity systems. In this webinar, he will be sharing how data-driven approaches can be leveraged to facilitate reliable grid operations in a future power system that is dominated by renewable energy sources.
Date: Wednesday 17 November
Meet the Researcher – Annie from the Department of Chemistry
Annie Sahota is a Chemical Biology PhD student at Imperial College London and has a degree in Chemistry. During this webinar, she will talk about the importance of single-cell analysis for understanding disease and how her research uses nanotechnology for studying single neurons in the brain. You will learn how your knowledge from Chemistry, Physics and Biology can be combined in multidisciplinary research and applied to real-life problems such as in healthcare and medicine.
Date: Wednesday 24 November
Meet the Researcher – Khuluud from the Department of Surgery and Cancer
Khuluud Hussein is a Masters in Research (MRes) graduate in Cancer Biology from the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London. In this session, she will be talking about her work on investigating potential new treatments for breast and pancreatic cancer. As well as how our immune system, in addition to fighting colds, can fight cancer and how her research aims to exploit this strategy. You will obtain an insight into the endless world of research and how the smallest detail can have such profound effects in transforming the lives of individuals with cancer.
Date: Wednesday 1 December
Meet the Researcher – Judy from the Centre for Environmental Policy
Judy is a second year PhD student at the Centre for Environmental Policy. She has an undergraduate degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and worked as a chemist at a Direct Air Capture (DAC) start-up in the United States. In this webinar, she will share her research experience and current work on the socioeconomic impacts of net-zero transitions. You can also hear how physics, computer science, and economics can be used to inform decision-making in climate and energy policy.
Date: Wednesday 8 December
Previous Meet the Researcher Webinars
Meet the Researcher – Rita from Earth Science and Engineering
Rita Kounoudis is a Seismology PhD student at Imperial College London and has a degree in Geophysics. In this webinar she will be talking about how earthquakes can be used to image the deep Earth, specifically applied to East Africa where we examine the processes involved when continents break apart. With geosciences the whole world is your oyster, providing you with skills to explore the Earth and planets, in the past, present and future, from small to large scale.
Meet the Researcher – Vivien from Bioengineering
Vivien Sotiriou is a PhD graduate in Developmental Biomechanics from the Department of Bioengineering at the College and has a MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering from Imperial College London and a MEng in Applied Mathematics and Physical Sciences from the National Technical University of Athens. During this talk she will be sharing how ballet and biomechanics are related as well as why babies kick in the womb. You'll begin to consider how your A Level subjects may lead you into this interesting, life-saving subject which is the intersection of Maths, Engineering, Biology and Medicine.
Meet the Researcher – Yiannis from Mechanical Engineering
Yiannis Simillides is a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering and has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Mathematics and Scientific Computing. During this talk he will be describing how ultrasound waves can be used to investigate defects in various objects, such as aeroplanes. This will also give you an opportunity to see how concepts from your mathematics, physics and computer science classes are used in the "real world" to make us all safer.
Meet the Researcher – Anna from Life Sciences
Anna Rydlova is a 3rd year PhD student in the Department of Life Sciences where she studies tissue regeneration. Anna has a Bachelors degree in Biomedical Sciences and MRes degree in Bioengineering, both obtained at Imperial College London. During this talk Anna will share how understanding of the mechanisms that lead to very efficient tissue regeneration in zebrafish can help us understand processed in human lung diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis.
Meet the Researcher – Zainab from Earth Science and Engineering
Zainab Titus is a Computational Geoscience research student at the Earth Science and Engineering Department and has experience teaching science subjects, particularly maths and physics to students. She has a background in Petroleum Engineering and is passionate about using her knowledge and skills in this field to contribute to ending the world's energy poverty. In this talk, she will be sharing how the "heat beneath our feet" can play a major role in sustainable energy development, and how by using a data-driven approach and techniques from related fields such as oil and gas extraction, geothermal energy can pave the way for addressing climate change. You'll see how you too can consider a career in helping to save the planet.
Meet the Researcher - Shafina from the Dyson School of Design Engineering
Shafina Vohra is a part-time PhD student at the Dyson School of Design Engineering. She is a psychologist, an A-level Psychology teacher, EPQ supervisor, is a LEGO lead and is a STEM ambassador. She has taught undergraduate and post graduate students in Psychology & Neuroscience at UCL & Birkbeck with a focus on critical analysis and research methods and is conducting her own PhD studies in education. In this talk, she will be sharing her research on whether hands-on learning in education enhances teaching and learning and her experience more recently with a newly launched Mars module at Imperial.
Meet the Researcher - Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment
This talk will feature multiple researchers from the Grantham Institute. The Grantham Institute is Imperial's hub for climate change and environmental research, training, innovation and translation. Our vision is a sustainable zero-carbon future. We aim to achieve this by undertaking and translating world-class research, training the next generation of leaders and supporting innovation on climate change solutions.