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.
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).
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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.
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.