New academic staff in 2017
We are delighted to have welcomed the below members of staff to our academic team in 2017. Our talented new crop of lecturers and research fellows will ensure that our department remains at the forefront of research and teaching.
|DR SAM AU
Dr Sam Au joins us from Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital where he was a postdoctoral fellow with Professor Mehmet Toner. During his fellowship, Dr Au developed microfluidic models of capillaries to explore the ability of circulating tumour cell aggregates to transit through the circulation. Using biophysical, xenograft and computational models, he demonstrated that these multicellular clusters can unfold into single file chains which permitted them to transit through constrictions as small as five microns.
Sam is particularly excited about future collaborations and scientific advances that will emerge in the years ahead. A major theme of his interests are how physical forces interact with cells or subcellular.
||DR ADAM CELIZ
Dr Celiz gained his bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical and Chemical Sciences at the University of Brighton and a PhD in Chemistry at University of Cambridge in the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis. Following this, he was awarded a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship to perform postdoctoral research at the University of Nottingham and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University.
During this fellowship, Adam designed biomaterials that interact with tissues and stem cells to repair or regenerate tissues, specifically, “tough” surgical tissue adhesives and regenerative dental fillings. His research has been published in journals such as Science, Nature Materials and Advanced Materials. Adam joined the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London in August 2017 as a Lecturer where he will be developing biomaterials for tissue repair and regeneration.
|DR RODRIGO LEDESMA-AMARO
Dr Ledesma-Amaro joined the Department of Bioengineering as an Imperial College Research Fellow. Before this, he studied Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering in Spain where he also completed a PhD in Systems Metabolic Engineering. During that, he has been a visiting researcher in Japan, Sweden, France, and Belgium. After his PhD, he moved to Paris (INRA) as a Marie Curie Agreenskills Fellow to work on engineering microorganisms for the production of fuels and chemicals. His works produced numerous articles and patents.
Now, Rodrigo will be developing his research on the interface of synthetic biology and metabolic engineering with applications in biotechnology and biomedicine. He is specially interested in metabolism, microbiome research, strain engineering and bioproduction.
|DR HUAI-TI LIN
Dr. Huai-Ti Lin joined the department in May 2017 as a Lecturer. Prior to this, Dr. Lin received his first degree in physics and biology at University of Massachusettes Amherst. He then obtained his PhD from Tufts University in the areas of biomechanics and bio-inspired robotics.
Huai-Ti devoted many years to postdoctoral training in animal flight research at Harvard University and systems neuroscience at Howard Hughes Medical Institute Janelia Research Campus. He is particularly interested in how animals move and how they guide their movements and this has led him to study locomotion, neurobiology, bio-inspired robotics, and animal flight. In the past few years, Huai-Ti has been refining techniques to enable insectscale motion capture using the dragonfly as a model system. This will allow him to interrogate insect behaviours using robots in closed-loop. He has also been pushing the application of ultra-light wireless neural recording system which will be the centrepiece of his lab in the Department of Bioengineering.
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| DR CHRISTOPHER ROWLANDS
Dr Rowlands studied Chemistry here at Imperial College, before leaving to complete a PhD in glass physics with Stephen Elliott at Cambridge University.
Chris’ interest in Raman microscopy lead him to Ioan Notingher’s lab at the University of Nottingham, to study the use of Raman in diagnosing and treating cancer, before leaving to take up a Wellcome Trust MIT Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Peter So’s lab at MIT. At MIT, he developed new tools for multiphoton photodynamic therapy for cancer treatment, super-resolution mapping of the mouse brain for connectomic applications, activity mapping of large numbers of synapses in a mouse brain, high-throughput multiphoton intravital imaging and blood-flow monitoring.
After returning to Cambridge to develop high-throughput super-resolution localization microscopy techniques, Chris joined us here.
Chris’ interests lie primarily in optical engineering and neurophotonics, but with a broad background he is keen to collaborate widely and take full advantage of the academic freedom that a lectureship provides.
|DR JOSEPH SHERWOOD
Dr Sherwood studied Mechanical Engineering at Kings College London before completing a PhD in Biofluid Dynamics with Dr Stavroula Balabani at University College London. In Autumn 2012, Joseph started as a post-doctoral researcher with Dr Darryl Overby here at the Department of Bioengineering, working on a project looking at endothelial cells under controlled mechanical forces in microchannels. During this project, Joseph became involved with investigating the flow of aqueous humour in the front part of the eye and used his experimental fluid dynamics experience to develop a system to measure aqueous humour flow called iPerfusion. iPerfusion is now being used by over thirty researchers in seven international research institutions.
Now, Joseph will focus his research on establishing the role of blood flow in microvascular diseases in order to open up avenues for potential treatments.