Ali K. Yetisen, Ph.D., MRSC, MInstP, AMIChemE (PI)

YetisenDr. Yetisen is a Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. He was previously a Tosteson postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology from the University of Cambridge. He also lectured at Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology. Dr. Yetisen has been the driving force for the establishment of three spin-off companies, and he has been awarded several international prizes including Nicklin Medal, Tosteson Award, Roche Continents Award and Hilberry Fellowship.


Sevgi Thompson (Academic Administrator)

SevgiMs. Thompson has received her B.Sc. degree in IT with business management from Middlesex University. She has previously worked as a senior teaching and learning administrator at UCL Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy and as a senior programme administrator at King's College London.


Sam Davies (Ph.D. Student)


Sam completed his masters at the University of Liverpool (2019), where he worked in partnership with Unilever on the optimisation of the synthesis of a new active compound designed to combat antimicrobial resistance via blocking cell signalling molecules. This work has been based around removal of hazardous/controlled substances from the synthesis and reduction of impurities in the final product.


Rosalia Moreddu (Ph.D. Student)

Rosalia MoredduMs. Moreddu received her B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Cagliari in 2013. She obtained her M.Sc. in Nanotechnology from Polytechnic of Turin, in a joint program with Grenoble Institute of Technology and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. During her master thesis, she focused on the development of microfluidic scintillation detectors at CERN. Her research interests are in contact lens sensors, lab-on-a-chip devices, nanofabrication and microfluidics for biosensing and point-of-care diagnostics.


Sofia Kazantzi (M.Res. Student)

SofiaSofia Kazantzi is an MRes student in the MRes Advanced Molecular Synthesis (2019-2020), where she works on dermal tattoos as biosensors. Previously, she completed her BSc in Chemistry from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2019. During her bachelor’s thesis, she worked on the synthesis of new luminescent copper (I) complexes with thiones and phosphines as ligands.


Debjani Saha (M.Res. Student)

DebjaniDebjani completed her BSc in Chemistry from King’s College London in 2019. Her final year project focused on the use of small molecules for use in anti-virulence drug discovery against multi-drug resistant bacteria. She is currently expanding her research by undertaking an MRes in Drug Discovery and Development at Imperial College London, with a project focusing on the diagnosis of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.


Dean Tan (M.Res. Student)

DeanDean Tan completed his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison (2019), where he investigated a new method for deuterated chloroform production. His work focused around modifications of catalysts used in small scale laboratory production. Prior to this project, he worked on a biological reactor that oxidises ammonia for application in waste water treatment as well as developed enantiomerically selective catalyst for used in regioselective polymerization of sugar monomers.


Yimeng Jiao (M.Eng. Student)


Yimeng Jiao is an undergraduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. Her research interests are on nano-science and biochemical engineering. Her research project is on the fabrication of optical sensors for application in assessing physiological health.


Menghan Liu (M.Eng. Student)

MenghanMenghan is an undergraduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. She has previously completed an UROP research project on Carbon Capture and Storage Energy System (CCS-ES) at the Centre for Environmental Policy.


Joseph D Davids (Research Associate)

JoeDr. Joseph D Davids obtained his MSc from Oxford in Nanomedicine and is a Clinical Researcher, Lecturer and Visiting Researcher for nano-optics at the Department of Chemical Engineering Imperial College London. He is part of Dr Yetisen's Research Group developing laser-based optical nanobiomaterials, sensors and devices for application in medical diagnostics, therapeutics, and imaging targeted for the neurosciences and neurosurgery.

Jeff Blyth (Senior Research Associate)


Jeff Blyth has worked as a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge over 20 years. He has an Applied Chemistry degree. While working for startup companies and as a science teacher, he pioneered new methods of making and processing holograms and simultaneously did an M.Phil. degree on developing photopolymers to record holograms with laser light sponsored by the Ilford film company. In the 1980s he was a consultant for MasterCard, Fiat, and Rohm (Plexiglas). In 1992, with a grant from the Leverhulme Trust he joined the University of Cambridge to develop holographic biosensors.



Dr. Nan Jiang (Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University)

Dr. Rajib Ahmed (Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University)

Dr. Jingjing Guo (Postdoctoral Fellow, Tsinghua University)

Dr. Nicholas Farandos (Chief Technology Officer, Utility Global)

Su A Yang (Ph.D. Candidate, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST))

Julia Mueck (Manufacturing Technology Centre - MTC)

Sofia Medina Pando (Clinical Account Specialist at Johnson & Johnson)

Joshua Scherrer (Undergraduate student at MIT)