Members of the Vilar Research Group

Academic Staff
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  Ramon Vilar  

Prof. Ramon Vilar

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Ramon is Professor of Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry and EPSRC Leadership Fellow. He is the group leader; further information about him can be found in his College webpage

 
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Postdoctoral Research Associates
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Dr Peter Summers

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Peter joined the group in October 2017 as a Research Associate in optical spectroscopy and imaging, jointly working with Dr Kuimova (Chemistry) and Dr Vannier (Institute of Clinical Sciences). His project focuses on the development and application of fluorescence microscopy techniques to monitor G-quadruplex DNA structures in vitro and in cellulo.

 

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Dr Jessica Berrones Reyes

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Jessica joined the group in November 2019 as a Research Associate in chemical synthesis, optical spectroscopy and imaging, jointly working with Dr Kuimova (Chemistry). Her project encompasses the synthesis of platinum-based probes and application of fluorescence microscopy techniques to visualise G-quadruplex DNA.

 
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Students
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Caitlin Brown

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Caitlin joined the group in October 2014 as part of the MRes/PhD program from the Institute of Chemical Biology. Her project is aimed at understanding the relevance of triplex DNA in neurological disorders such as Friedreich's ataxia. She is co-supervised by Prof Festenstein (Medicine) and Prof Speck (Institute of Clinical Sciences)

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Rainbow Lo

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Rainbow joined the group in October 2015 as part of the MRes/PhD program in Medical Imaging jointly ran by KCL and ICL. Her project is aimed at developing theranostic agents that target non-canonical DNA in vivo and can be monitored by PET/SPECT. Her project is jointly supervised by Dr Gilbert Fruhwirth (King’s College London) 


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Tiffany Chan

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Tiffany joined the group in October 2015 as part of the MRes/PhD program from the Centre of Excellence in Neurotechnology. Her project involves developing novel therapeutic agents for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease and delivering them across the blood-brain barrier using focused ultrasound. She is co-supervised by Dr James Choi (Bioengineering).

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Carmen Ruehl

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Carmen joined the group in October 2016 as a PhD student associated with the Institute of Chemical Biology. Her project aims at developing redox-responsive molecules for DNA based on metal complexes.

 Jay Bullen

Jay Bullen

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Jay joined the group in October 2016 as a PhD student. His project aims at developing and studying functional materials for the removal of arsenic from contaminated waters. His project is co-supervised with Prof Weiss (Earth Sciences and Engineering). 

 
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Ben Lewis

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Ben joined the group in October 2016 as part of the MRes/PhD program from the Institute of Chemical Biology. His project is aimed at developing optical probes for cellular imaging of G-quadruplexes. His project is co-supervised by Dr Kuimova (Chemistry) and Dr Vannier (Institute of Clinical Sciences).

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Martin Priessner

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Martin joined the group in October 2016 as part of the MRes/PhD program from the Centre of Excellence in Neurotechnology. His project aims to study the role of copper ions in the toxicity of α-synuclein in Parkison’s disease. His project is co-supervised by Dr Ying (Medicine), Dr DeSimone (Life Sciences) and Dr Sastre (Medicine).

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Kaja Ritzau-Reid

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Kaja joined the group in October 2016 as part of the MRes/PhD program from the Centre of Excellence in Neurotechnology. Her projects is aimed at developing conductive polymer platforms for the integrated in vitro investigation of neural networks. Her project is co-supervised by Prof Stevens (Materials/Bioengineering). 

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Lucy Rowlands

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Lucy joined the group in October 2016 as part of the MRes/PhD program from the Institute of Chemical Biology. Her project focuses on developing targeted liposomal drug delivery systems using short strands of DNA as targeting molecules. Her project is sponsored by Astra Zeneca and co-supervised by Dr Law (Chemistry).

Florian

Florian Song

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Florian joined the group in October 2016 as part of the MRes/PhD program from the Institute of Chemical Biology. His project aims at developing novel theoretical methods to understand the folding/unfolding process of non-canonical DNA structures. His project is co-supervised by Prof Yaliraki (Chemistry), Prof Barahona (Mathematics) and Dr Ying (Medicine).

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Phil Haynes

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Phil joined the group in October 2016 as part of a joint UCL/ICL doctoral program in Advanced Characterisation of Materials. His project is aimed at studying complex assemblies of DNA using high-resolution AFM and a range of spectroscopic techniques. His project is co-supervised by Prof Hoogenboom (London Centre for Nanotechnology).


Tim Kench

Tim Kench

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Tim joined the group as a PhD student in October 2017. His project is aimed at developing receptors capable of binding G-quadruplex dimers. In particular, there is a focus on utilising a target-guided synthesis approach via ‘click’ chemistry.

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George Northover

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George joined the group as a PhD student in October 2017. His project is aimed at increasing our understanding of the processes involved in the cycling of micronutrients in soil solutions. His project is co-supervised by Prof Weiss (Earth Science and Engineering) and Dr O'Hare (Bioengineering).

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Anna Segués Codina

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Anna joined the group as an MRes student in January 2019. Anna is working on the development of ImpAs which is a material used to remove arsenic from drinking water. The aim of her project is to optimise the production of this material and improve its efficiency. Anna’s project is jointly supervised with Prof Dominik Weiss from the Department of Earth Sciences.


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Zainab Albader

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Zainab joined the group in March 2019 as a PhD student. Her project aims at developing G-quadruplex ligands that could stabilize LTR-III in the Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV-I) leading to viral reduction. 

 

 

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Jenna Robinson

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Jenna joined the group in October 2019 as part of the MRes/PhD program from the Institute of Chemical Biology. Her project involves synthesising fluorescent probes to visualise G-quadruplexes in live cells and establishing correlations between their presence and epigenetic characteristics in cancer. She is co-supervised by Dr Di Antonio (Chemistry), Dr Kuimova (Chemistry) and Prof Brown (Medicine). 

 

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Aatikah Majid

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Aatikah joined the group in October 2019 as part of an MRes/PhD program from the Centre for Doctoral Training In Next Generation Synthesis and Reaction Technology. Her project aims to use high-throughput synthesis and testing to develop optical probes for G-quadruplex DNA. Her project is co-supervised by Dr Kuimova (Chemistry) and Dr Thompson (Medicine).

 
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