The Department of Chemical Engineering has an active postdoctoral staff community. Our postdoctoral staff are integral to our ability to deliver world class research and they also take on teaching responsibilities.

Our Postdoc Committee is in place to facilitate the activities of our postdoc community. The Committee arranges events which staff can learn and network at, and represents the interests of postdoctoral staff to the department and Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre. The Committee also hosts the annual Postdoc Symposium, where the Sir William Wakeham Award is given out.

Current postdoctoral staff should visit the Intranet for further information including training, development, events and socials.

Postdoc committee

  • Dr Alex Brogan

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    Dr Alex Brogan PFDC Rep and Research Associate

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    My research is primarily on stabilizing enzymes in non-aqueous media for anhydrous biocatalysis. I aim to challenge the traditional status quo of postdocs being the group that “falls through the cracks”. We are making some progress on this, but there is always work to do be done.

  • Dr Emily Chapman

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    Dr Emily Chapman Safety Rep and Research Associate

  • Dr Danilo Cuccato

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    Dr Danilo Cuccato PFDC Rep and Research Associate

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    We reps dedicate a part of our life at the College to provide support for our represented postdocs to enhance their connections with the other postdocs, the department or institution in which they work, the College, and the thousands of work/academic opportunities awaiting them.

  • Dr Sarah Hedberg

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    Dr Sarah Hedberg Social Rep and Research Associate

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    The main focus of my research is on therapeutic proteins and gaining a better understanding of their stability, which is crucial for the development of safer biomedicines. I’m keen to organise more social events in the department, so all researchers get the chance to socialise and network.

  • Professor George Jackson

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    Professor George Jackson Postdoc Champion and Professor of Chemical Physics

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    I keep in regular contact with the PFDC reps to ensure that postdocs have a voice at the Departmental and Faculty level and assist with organising relevant events. Additionally, I can provide advice on available development training and support. 

  • Dr Cleo Kontoravdi

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    Dr Cleo Kontoravdi Chair of Athena SWAN Committee and Reader in Biosystems Engineering

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    My research interests lie in the area of biotechnology, with particular focus on the application of systems engineering principles to bioprocessing.

  • Sneha Saunders

    Saunders

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    Sneha Saunders Administration Manager and Staffing Coordinator

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    I am the key contact for postdoctoral research staff in relation to contracts, welfare, probation, visas, appraisals and ongoing advice and support. I also works with the PFDC Reps and the PFDC to organise events and develop strategies to support research staff.

  • Dr Mihaela Stevar

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    Dr Mihaela Stevar Safety Rep and Research Associate

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    I am a point of contact regarding health and safety. I’m an experimental researcher, and feel strongly about working in a safe environment where the risk of accidents and near misses is minimised. We strive for improvements in departmental health and safety standards and implementation of best practices.

  • Dr Peter Yatsyshin

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    Dr Peter Yatsyshin PFDC Rep and Research Associate

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    A theoretical physicist by training, my research is in the general field of statistical physics, with applications to fluid theory, soft matter, adsorption and phase transitions. On our committee, I am involved in the teaching committee, co-organising the annual symposium and other events.