Maha Alruwaili holds an MSc in Nano Bio Science from UCD Physics. Currently, she is a PhD student in the School of Physics and is supervised by Dr. Brian Rodriguez and Dr. Emmanuel Reynaud (SBBS). Her PhD involves developing polymers for liquid phase 3D Bioprinting.
Rusul (Rosa) is a PhD student in the School of Physics and Conway Institute of Biomolecular & Biomedical research under the supervision of Dr. Brian Rodriguez and Dr. James Rice. She is working with a research focus on exploring the use of charge-patterned surfaces in biomedical applications of nanospectroscopy methods. She obtained a BSc in Physical Chemistry (Baghdad University) for which she won master's funding to design and construct automated Z-Scan system to study nonlinear optical properties of nanoparticles. Then she worked as a biochemistry lecturer assistant at the Optics Techniques Department (Dijla University College in Iraq). Since then she joined the UCD School of Physics in 2012 as a visiting researcher and in 2014 she received a PhD Scholarship in Research and Teaching (from the School of Physics).
Sawsan Almohammed obtained her MSc degree in Nano-bio Science at University College Dublin in 2014. She joined the Nanoscale Function Group in January 2015 as a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Brian Rodriguez and Dr. James rice (Nano Photonics Group, School of Physics). Her project focuses on investigation of the physical and optical properties of aligned peptide nanotubes and Fmoc-FF hydrogels coated with SERS-active metal nanoparticles.
Fengyuan Zhang is a PhD student in the School of Physics under the supervision of Dr. Brian Rodriguez. She received a Master degree from South China Normal University in 2016 and Bachelor degree from Hefei Normal University in 2013. She is working on the characterization of ferroelectric materials with a focus on ferroelectric domains in thin films and nanostructures.
Arwa Bazaid obtained her MSc degree in Nano-bio Science at University College Dublin in 2013. She joined the Nanoscale Function Group in April 2014 as a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Brian Rodriguez. Her project focuses on investigation of the piezoelectric, mechanical and physical properties of collagen using scanning probe microscopy, which will enable broader understanding of bio functionality in connective tissues (e.g. tendon).
Kevin is a research engineer working on the development of a commercial prototype for a liquid phase 3D bioprinter. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree (BSc Ing (Hons)) in mechanical engineering in 2013 from Trinity College Dublin, and his Master’s in Engineering, from Trinity College Dublin in 2014. Kevin then went onto work as a Product Development Engineer in Innopharma Technology for almost two years where he worked on electronic, electrical and mechanical design projects.
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Andréa obtained her MSc degree in Biochemistry at Rio de Janeiro Federal University (UFRJ/ Brazil). She graduated first in Life Sciences with Emphasis in Medical Research at the same university and then in Pharmacy at Gama Filho University (Brazil) with specialization in Clinical Laboratory and Hematology. Currently, she is a research assistant in the Nanoscale Function Group at Conway Institute of Biomolecular & Biomedical Research. She is responsible for tissue culture and imaging for the 3D bioprinting project.
Emrullah obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering at Firat University (Turkey). After that, he had his Master’s Degree in Materials Science at University of Stuttgart (Germany), during which he worked on a solid-state electrolyte for li-ion batteries as his thesis project in Max Planck Institute Stuttgart. Currently, he is a PhD student in the School of Physics and supervised by Dr. Brian Rodriguez. His PhD is based on nanowire Li-ion batteries, focusing on the interface of electrode-electrolyte by Atomic Force Microscopy.
Mark received a Bachelor's Degree (Hons) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the Dublin Institute of Technology in 2012. He then worked for 3 years at ASML (Veldhoven, The Netherlands) on the calibration, qualification and troubleshooting of photolithographic scanner systems, a key component of the semiconductor manufacturing process. He now heads software development of a research project to develop a liquid phase bioprinter.
Hossam began his PhD in January 2015 working on nanomechanical characterisation of biomaterials and cells by AFM. He is working to develop a migration assay based on the placement of spheroids on aligned collagen substrates.
Maria is a second year undergraduate student studying Theoretical Physics at UCD. She is currently undertaking an internship under the supervision of Brian Rodriguez looking to design and build an improved conceptual atomic force microscope to be used for teaching and outreach purposes.
Sumesh received his MSc degree in NanoBioscience from UCD in 2018. He has been working in the field of material science and nanotechnology for the past several years. He has served as a quality control chemist/mineralogist in ACC Cement (Lafarge-Holcim Group) before joining UCD. Before that, he was working at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in a project on water purification using nanomaterials and had also developed a novel silver nanomaterials-based column for mercury contamination. He has a previous masters degree in chemistry from the University Of Madras, India. He is currently working on a project on microcontact printing of biomolecules for electrostatic-based detection.