Professor Suzi Jarvis
Principal Investigator Suzi Jarvis graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in Physics and a Kodak sponsored DPhil in Materials. This was followed by postdoctoral fellowships in Japan at the Joint Research Center for Atom Technology, Tsukuba, before moving on to a staff position at the Nanotechnology Research Institute, also in Tsukuba. During her time in Japan, Suzi co-founded the International Nanotribology Forum, whose mission is to promote the dissemination of nanotribology research with the inclusions of colleagues from developing nations.
Suzi moved to Ireland in July 2002 with funding from Science Foundation Ireland to become a Research Professor in the School of Physics at Trinity College Dublin. During her time at Trinity she was one of the founding Principal Investigators at the Centre for Research and Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices. In May 2007, Suzi moved to University College Dublin to the post of Professor of Biophysics in the Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research.
Suzi runs a multidisciplinary team pursuing a number of research areas at the interface between electrical engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and botany. The underlying theme to all her projects is to understand, manipulate, and ultimately utilize the function of molecules at the nanometer scale. The group has particular strengths in the development and application of novel atomic force microscopy techniques, particularly in the liquid environment. One of the groups’ major goals is to make a conceptual advance in understanding the role of water in biological function, as this would constitute a major contribution across many fields of science.