Ali K. Yetisen PhD FRSC FInstP FIChemE FIET FIMMM FHEA CEng CSci (Director)

YetisenDr. Yetisen is a Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. He has a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering (Biotechnology) from the University of Cambridge. He went on to work as a Tosteson Fellow at Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology.

e-mail: Ali Yetisen /

James Tate (Administrator)

JamesJames joined the Department of Chemical Engineering as an Academic Administrator in 2021. He studied Journalism at Cardiff University for his undergraduate degree and recently completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Law at BPP University. In between his undergraduate and postgraduate studies, James worked as a licensing and royalties administrator for the publishing arm of Warner Music Group.

e-mail: James Tate /

Yubing Hu (Manager)

YubingDr. Yubing Hu received her bachelor's degree from Zhejiang University (2016) and earned her Ph.D. degree from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2020). During her PhD, she developed of fluorescent polymeric materials for sensing and imaging applications. She manages the activities of the Centre for Biochemical Sensors, including laboratory mangement, safety, training and mentoring of graduate students.

e-mail: Yubing Hu /

Eleni Chatzilakou (PhD Student)

Eleni Chatzilakou is a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering of Imperial College London and aims at developing biosensing technologies for point-of-care diagnosis of cancer. She holds a MEng in Chemical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, during which she developed biopolymer based scaffolds for tissue engineering applications. She has worked for the Spanish National Research Council, the National Centre of Scientific Research of Greece "Demokritos", as well as for the pharmaceutical company “Pharmathen S.A.”.

e-mail: Eleni Chatzilakou /

Yuqian Zhang (PhD Student)

YiquanYuqian Zhang obtained her masters degree in Biomedical Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2020. Her master’s thesis focused on the development of wearable devices for movement analysis and neurological rehabilitation. Her research focuses on optical sensors for real-time and long-term brain monitoring.

e-mail: Yuqian Zhang /

Yuqi Shi (PhD Student)

YuqiYuqi Shi was a MSc student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial Collage London (2019-2020). Her research interests are on biochemical engineering and drug discovery and development. Previously, she completed her BSc in Chemistry at University of Liverpool in 2019. During her bachelor’s degree, she worked on the synthesis of isooxazoline compounds .

e-mail: Yuqi Shi /

Yihan Zhang (PhD Student)

YihanYihan Zhang is currently a PhD student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. His research interest is the corporation of machine learning and wearable biosensors. During his MEng study, he worked on applying genome-scale metabolic model for IgG production.

e-mail: Yihan Zhang /

Leena Khelifa (PhD Student)

LeenaLeena is undertaking an intercalated PhD. Leena is working under the supervision of Dr Ali Yetisen and Dr Louis Chesler in the South Kensington campus and Royal Marsden Hospital. Her thesis focuses on lateral-flow assays as a point-of-care diagnostic device for early neuroblastoma detection.

e-mail: Leena Khelifa /

Yue Wu (PhD Student)

Yue WuMr. Yue Wu is a PhD student in the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London. He obtained his bachelor’s degree of clinical medicine in Nanchang University and bachelor’s degree of biomedical science in Queen Mary University of London. His research interest is glaucoma, including early diagnosis of glaucoma and new treatment methods.

e-mail: Yue Wu /

Lin Wang (PhD Student)

Lin Wang is currently a PhD student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. She obtained her MRes degree at Imperial, which focused on characterizing a reusable fluorescent sensor for detecting ascorbic acid in tears. Previously, she completed her double BSc (Hons) degree in chemistry (2020) at University of Edinburgh and East China University of Science and Technology. Now, her research interest focuses on developing fluorescent biosensors for point-of-care diagnostics.

e-mail: Lin Wang /

Sam Davies (PhD Student)

SamSam 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.

e-mail: Sam Davies /

Sophie Richter (MedTech SuperConnector Fellow)

Sophie is a designer and researcher, and recently graduated with a MRes in Healthcare & Design from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London. She is a MedTech SuperConnector Fellow at the Yetisen Research Group to develop programmable medical devices that change the way we treat and heal musculoskeletal diseases.

e-mail: Sophie Richter /

Aydan Agan (Visiting PhD Student)

AydanAydan Fulden Agan received her master's degree (2013) from Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University. She completed a second master's program at Ankara University (2018). In 2017, she started her Ph.D. at Ankara University. Since 2018, she has been working as a lecturer at Duzce University.

e-mail: Aydan Agan /

Maria Palacios (MSc Student)

Maria Palacios is a master's student from the Chemical Engineering department at Imperial College London (2022-2023). She recently obtained two bachelor's degrees, one in Chemical Engineering and the second one in Food Engineering, from University of Los Andes in Colombia. Her current research focuses on developing holographic sensors for quality control in the food industry.

e-mail: Maria Palacios /

Thien Phiwsaard (MSc Student)

Thien is a postgraduate student taking MSc Advanced Chemical Engineering with Biotechnology. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok. She is interested in the research of tattoo optical biosensors.

e-mail: Thien Phiwsaard/ 

Lamar Balubaid (MSc Student)

Lamar is a master’s student at Imperial College London, currently undertaking an MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering with Biotechnology. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Chemical and Energy Engineering. Her current research focuses on the development of microneedle arrays for diagnostics. 

e-mail: Lamar Balubaid / 

Chelsea Awara (MSc Student)

Chelsea is an M.Sc. student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. She is currently researching Fluorescence Contact lens sensors for Dry Eye Disease Diagnosis for more personalised treatments. She completed her B.Sc. In chemistry at Loughborough University in 2022.

e-mail: Chelsea Awara / 

Zhenkang Zhu (MRes Student)

Zhenkang is currently a MRes student in Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London. He completed his double B.E. (Hons) degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Queen Mary University of London and Northwestern Polytechnical University. He had research experience in MOFs-based optical sensors. His research interest is AI-assisted smartphone diagnostics via holographic sensors.

e-mail: Zhenkang Zhu / 

Yuemo Wang (MRes Student)

Yuemo Wang is an MRes postgraduate student in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London. His project focuses on developing a lateral-flow assay (LFA) device for diagnosing high-risk neuroblastoma.

email: Yuemo Wang / 

Yoon Soo Park (MBBS/BSc Student)

Yoon Soo is a 4th year medical undergraduate student at Imperial College London, currently undertaking an intercalated BSc in Endocrinology. She joins the group to research the use of wearable holographic biosensors in wound healing.

e-mail: Yoon Soo Park / 

Shanethan Senthoorselvan (MBBS/BSc Student)

Shane is a fourth-year medical student at Imperial College London. He is currently undertaking his intercalated BSc in pharmacology and his project focuses on the 3D printing of lateral flow assays. 

email: Shanethan Senthoorselvan / 

Meley S M Gdey (MBBS/BSc Student)

Meley is a 4th year medical undergraduate student, currently undertaking an intercalated BSc in Pharmacology. She joins the group to research into lateral flow assays to diagnose glaucoma through tear fluid.

email: Meley S M Gdey / 

Kashifa Syed (MBBS/BSc Student)

Kashifa is a 4th-year medical student at Imperial College London. She is currently undertaking an intercalated BSc in Endocrinology, focusing on the biomedical application of silk-based optical fibre sensors.

email: Kashifa Syed / 

Janakan Sivananthan (MBBS/BSc Student)

Janakan is a fourth-year medical undergraduate student at imperial college london who is currently undertaking an intercalated BSc in Endocrinology. He joins the group to research contact lens sensors for eye diagnostics.

Janakan Sivananthan / 

Yunuen Montelongo (Visiting Research Fellow)

Yunuen MontelongoDr. Montelongo completed his PhD studies in photonics at the University of Cambridge and received the prestigious scholarships from Cambridge Trust and Fitzwilliam College. In 2014 he finished, his PhD studies and began a post-doctoral position at Imperial Collage London where he continued studying photonic materials.

e-mail: Yunuen Montelongo /

Jeff Blyth (Research Associate)

JeffJeff Blyth has worked as a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge over two decades. He has pioneered methods of processing holograms and simultaneously did an M.Phil. degree on developing photopolymers to record holograms with laser light. In 1992, with a grant from the Leverhulme Trust he joined the University of Cambridge to develop holographic biosensors.

e-mail: Jeff Blyth /

Nan Jiang (Research Associate)

Nan JiangDr Nan Jiang earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degree from Wuhan University of Technology. After her PhD study, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Her research is aimed at nanostructured biomaterials, biosensors, microfluidic chips and cell surface engineering.

e-mail: Nan Jiang

Rosalia Moreddu (Research Associate)

Rosalia MoredduMs. Moreddu received her B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Cagliari and her M.Sc. in Nanotechnology from Polytechnic of Turin. She completed her PhD in Imperial College and University of Birmingham in 2021, followed by a postdoctoral position in the Italian Institute of Technology. Her research interests are in lab-on-a-chip devices.

e-mail: Rosalia Moreddu /



Postdoctoral fellows

Dr. Nan Jiang (Professor, Sichuan University)

Dr. Guoliang Ying (Associate Professor, Sichuan University)

PhD Students

Dr. Aditi Gupta (Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University)

Dr. Rajib Ahmed (Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University)

Dr. Rosalia Moreddu (Postdoctoral Fellow, Italian Institute of Technology)

Dr. Jingjing Guo (Associate Professor, Beihang University)

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

Dr. Xingchen Dong (Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston University)

Dr. Bader A. AlQattan (Postdoctoral Fellow, Khalifa University)

Dr. Mohamed Elsherif (Postdoctoral Fellow, Khalifa University)

MSc/MRes Students

Karthikeya Deshmukh (PhD Student, University of Cambridge)

Debjani Saha (PhD Student, Department of Surgery & Cancer, Imperial College)

Wolfgang Kurz (PhD Student, Technical University of Munich)

Marta Lucía Domínguez Pazos (PhD Student, Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology)

Sarah Saadouni (Materials Scientist, Biophilica)

Julia Mueck (Manufacturing Technology Centre - MTC)

Sofia Kazantzi (Flow Chemist, AM Technology)

Dean Tan (Analyst, the Bank of Thailand)

Tanya Moller (DevOps Consulting Engineer, Automation Logic)

Ziyi Yu (Sinopec)

Xinge Shao (BASF)

Yuxiao Yang (Medical Device Division, Mindray)

Shuhan Wang (Dow Chemical Company)

Kai Lou (Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College)

Ebrahim Daji (Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College)

Dasan Guo (Alibaba)

Bradley Thomas (Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College)

Zhisheng Pan (Sinopec Shanghai Engineering Company)

Undergraduate Students

Yimeng Jiao (PhD student, University of the Arts London)

Andreas Richardson (Business Analyst, McKinsey)

Rebecca Clancy (Consultant, Appian Corporation)

Yunzheng Liu (Department of Physics, University of Chicago)

Sergey Flyax (MSc Student, Technical University of Munich)

Sarah Seifi (MSc student, Technical University of Munich)

Carmen Castañeda Gonzalez (MSc student, Technical University of Munich)

Simon Stößer (MSc student, Technical University of Munich)

Bugra Soylemezoglu (System Programmer, Kampf Telescope Optics GmbH)

Izlen Erenoglu (Department of Physics, Technical University of Munich)

Samira Balbach (MSc Student, Technical University of Munich)

Congyan Wang (Technical University of Munich)

Nico Linhart (Technical University of Munich)

Su A Yang (Scientific Researcher, Tomocube)

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

Joshua Scherrer (Team Leader, AmeriCorps)

Monika Kaminska (Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College)

Menghan Liu (Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College)

Shavaiz Mir (Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College)

Zichen Fan (Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College)

Meghna Vaja (Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College)