A SAIANI - Key Persons


Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith joined our group in 2014 for 4 years and worked on a number of projects including the self-assembly of short peptides and the design of peptide hydrogels. Mi Zhou joined our group in 2017 for 6 months and worked on developping self-assembled peptide bio-inks for 3D printing. In 2018 she was recruited by PeptiGelDesign.Ltd as Reseach Scientist.

Antonios Konstantopoulos

Antonios Konstantopoulos obtained his PhD in 2009 working on the self-assembling and gelation properties peptides. Following his stay in our group Antonios went back to Greece to fulfil his military obligations.

Ayeesha Mujeeb

Ayeesha Mujeeb obtained her PhD in our group working on developing peptide based hydrogels for the culture of chondrocytes in 2012. Following her PhD she did a short postdoctoral stay in our group and then went onto work as a consultant for the Dubai Biotechnology Research Park.

Beenish Siddique

Beenish Siddique obtained her PhD in 2018 working on the design of polymer-peptide hydrogels for biomedical applications. Following her PhD she was appointed to a PDRA position at Birmingham University.

Chris Hickling

Chris Hickling obtained his PhD in 2015 working on the design of peptide-enzyme networks for bioengineering applications. Following his PhD he went to Bolton University to take up a PDRA position.

Claire Pickford

Claire Pickford joined our group In February 2012 for 18 month and worked on the optimising of peptide hydrogels for the differentiation of stem cell in collaboration with Dr. C. Merry.

Claire Tang

Claire Tang obtained her PhD in 2010 working in our group on the understanding of the self-assembly and gelation properties of short peptide amphiphiles. She then took up a postdoctoral research position in our group working on designing peptide based biomaterials for topical drug delivery. In 2013 she was recruited by Rechitt Benckiser as a research scientist.

Cong Ding

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  • Member of the Group
Cong Ding graduated from Jinan University, China, in 2016 with a BSc in apply chemistry. In 2017 he came to the University of Manchester to do a MSc in polymer materials science and engineering and did his research project in our group. In Spetember 2018 he joined the group to pursue a PhD focusing on peptide self-assembly and gelation.

Cosimo Ligorio

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  • Member of the Group
Cosimo Ligorio graduated from the University of Pisa (Italy) in 2015 with a BEng in Biomedical Engineering. In September 2016, he moved to The University of Manchester where he graduated with a MSc in Biomaterials (Distinction) studying the process of viscous flow sintering in bioactive glass scaffolds. Subsequently Cosimo was awarded a PhD scholarship at the CDT in Regenerative Medicine and he joined the Polymers and Peptides research group in April 2017 to study, in collaboration with Prof Judith Hoyland's (Division of Cell Matrix Biology & Regenerative Medicine, FBMH) group, the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cell into peptide-graphene hydrogel composites for musculoskeletal tissue engineering strategies.

Daniel Benton

Daniel Benton obtained his PhD in June 2008 working on "The Physical Characterisation of Protective Antigen Protein". Following his stay in our group he was appointed to a Lectureship at the University of Huddersfield.

David Adams

David Adams obtained his PhD in 2011 working in our group on understanding and characterising the self-assembly and gelation properties of proteins.

David Roberts

David Roberts obtained his PhD in 2014 working in our group on the the self-assembly and gelation properteis of self-assembing peptide and peptide-polymer conjugates to design novel materials for drug delivery applications. He then was recruited by Piramal Entripses in Sctoland as a protein scientist.

Debasish Haldar

Debasish Haldar was a postdoctoral research fellow in our group in 2005 working on self-assembling properties of peptides for biomaterial applications. Following his stay in our group he was awarded a Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship and went to Würzburg University, Germany.

Dr. Kyle Burgess

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  • Member of the Group
Dr. Kyle Burgess: graduated from the University of Manchester in 2014 with a BSc (Hons) in Biology, during which he undertook a final year project looking at ion transport across the lung epithelium and its subsequent implications in Cystic Fibrosis. In September 2014, he joined Manchester's centre for doctoral training in Regenerative Medicine and did his PhD - in our group - on engineering peptide hydrogels for advanced 3D cell culture. In 2018, he was appointed a PDRA position in Prof. Rachel Watson's and our groups' looking at engineering hydrogels for the topical delivery of calcium chelators for the dissolution of systemic sclerosis-related calcinosis.

Eliana Lingard

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  • Member of the Group
Eliana Lingard graduated from the University of Manchester in 2018 with a BSc in Biochemistry. Her final year project focused on generating a functional fusion protein that could be used to identify novel regulators of intrinsic apoptosis activation. In September 2018 she joined Dr. Andrew Guilmore's (Division of Cancer Sciences, FBMH) group to pursue in collaboration with Dr. Joe Swift (Division of Cell Matrix Biology & Regenerative Medicine, FBMH) and our group an interdisciplinary UKRMP2 PhD focused on developing a 3D-culture model that can mimic high mammographic density using self-assembling peptide hydrogels. Krittee Dejyong graduated from the Chulalongkorn University, Thailand in 2010 with a Bachelor degree in Veterinary Medicine. After 3 years in a veterinary hospital, Krittee obtained a Master degree in Veterinary Surgery from the same University. In January 2015, he was appointed as lecturer in veterinary surgery and anesthesia at the Prince of Songkla University, Thailand. In 2018 he joined Dr. Sarah Herrick's (Division of Cell Matrix Biology & Regenerative Medicine, FBMH) group to pursue, incollaboration with Prof Adrian Woolf (Division of Cell Matrix Biology & Regenerative Medicine, FBMH) and our group a PhD focusing on peritoneal adhesion prevention using hydrogel and biological modulators. Zixuan Liu graduated from Sichuan University, China, in 2017 with a BEng in chemical engineering and a BSc in biological science. In 2017 he moved to the University of Manchester obtaining to undertake a MSc in advanced chemical engineering. In January 2019, he joined the group to pursue a PhD focusing on the design double networks peptide self-assembly hydrogel for biomedical applications.

Elisabeth Vey

Elisabeth Vey obtained her PhD in 2007 working on the degradation dynamics of poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid copolymers in collaboration with AstraZeneca in our group. She then worked as a postdoctoral research associate focusing on the self-assembling properties of peptides for biomaterial applications. Following her stay in our group Elisabeth went on working for Ethypharm a pharmaceutical company.

Emma Lowe

Emma Lowe joined in September 2013 for 6 month and pursued Claire's work on optimising peptide hydrogels for stem cell differentiation. She then re-joined Dr. Merry group to pursue her academic carrier.

Florentina Stoica

Florentina Stoica obtained her PhD in 2008 working on the synthesis and characterisation of polymer-peptide conjugates. Following her stay in our group Florentina went onto work as a Chemical Engineer for Shell International.

Haneen Naji

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  • Member of the Group
Haneen Naji graduated in 1998 with a BSc in Materials Engineering from the University of Babylon in Iraq and then obtained an MSc degree in Composite Materials from the same university in 2002. Following her an MSc she was appointed lecturer in materials engineering from 2003 to 2005 and then moved to be lecturer in electrochemical department in college of engineering. In 2013 she was awarded a PhD scholarship by the Iraqi government and in September 2015 she joined our group and is currently working towards a PhD on the design of PU resins for fibre composite.

Helen Baker

Helen Baker obtained her PhD in 2008 working on "Amorphous Pharmaceuticals: Formation, Characterisation and Stability". Following her stay in our group she was appointed by AstraZeneca (US) as a Research Scientist.

Helen Clough

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  • Member of the Group
Helen Clough graduated from the University of Leeds in 2016 with an MBiol in Medical Sciences (first class). Her project was based in the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and was developing an organ culture system of porcine arteries using a bioreactor for research into the cause and treatment of cardiovascular disease. She joined the CDT in Regenerative Medicine in September 2016 and the group in April 2017 to develop, , in collaboration with Dr Olga Tsigkou's (School of Materials, FSE) group, a 3D cell culture model of tumours using self-assembling peptide hydrogels.

Hui Yan

Hui Yan obtained her PhD in May 2008 working on "Protein Hydrogels From Lysozyme: Structures, Properties and Applications". Hui went onto work as a Chemical Engineering Consultant for Advantica.

Jacek Wychowaniec

Jacek Wychowaniec obtained his PhD in 2017 working on the design of peptidic hydrogels for cell culture applications designing nano-structured graphene-peptide hydrogels composites for biomedical and tissue engineering applications. Following his PhD he was appointed as Science and Technology Specialist at the NanoBioMedical Centre in Poznań, Poland.

James Steward

James Steward obtained his EngD in 2008 working on properties of spray-dried detergent granules in collaboration with P&G. Following his stay in our group James went onto work as a Chemical Engineer for British Oxygen Company (BOC).

Jean-Baptiste Guilbaud

Jean-Baptiste Guilbaud joined our group in 2007 and worked on a number of projects including the design of enzymatic triggered peptide hydrogels and the synthesis of novel polymer-peptide conjugates for the design of responsive hydrogels. In 2013 he was recruited by Crucell's pharmaceutical and analytical department as a research scientist.

Jie Gao

Jie Gao joined our group in 2007 as an MSc. In 2008 she was awarded an University of Manchester Alumni Fellowship to do a PhD in our group on the gelation properties of model peptides and their use for cell culture applications. She graduated in 2013 and subsequently returned to China.

Jonathan Gibbons

Jonathan Gibbons obtained his PhD in 2015 working on controlling the mechanical properties of peptide hydrogels. He sunsequently became and intern as at Medical Consultancy company in London.

Kate Meade

Kate Meade was a postdoctoral research fellow in our group in 2010-11 working on applying novel peptides based scaffolds to stem cell culture in collaboration with Dr. C. Merry group. Following her stay in our group she took on a new postdoctoral position in our School.

Krittee Dejyong

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  • Member of the Group

Laurent Caron

Laurent Caron was a postdoctoral research fellow in our group in 2006-07 working on the self assembling properties of model peptides. Following his stay in our group he was appointed as an Analytical Chemist with Cambridge Research Biochemicals (CRB).

Luis Castillo-Diaz

Luis Castillo-Diaz obtained his PhD in 2015 working on the design of peptidic hydrogels for cell culture applications following which he took up a 2-year PDRA position in our group. In 2017 he was appointed research scientistat the Center for Research and Applied Technology in Jalisco (CIATEJ) which is part of the Mexican National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT).

Maria Simon-Saenz

Maria Simon-Saenz obtained her PhD in 2009 working on UV-induced reactions in Langmuir monolayers. Following her stay in our group Maria went onto work for Unilever in their corporate research group

Martyn Cornish

Martyn Cornish obtained his PhD in 2010 working on the structure-property relationships in poly(urethane-urea) elastomers in collaboration with Huntsman Polyurethanes. Following his stay in our group Martyn went on working as a consultant for the English Cricket Board.

Mohamed El-Sawy

Mohamed El-Sawy joined our group from 2014 to work on the design and developement of peptide hydrogels for biomedical applications. In 2017 he was appointed as Lecturer in Pharmaceutics in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Lancashire.

Nabilah Ruslan

Nabilah Ruslan obtained her PhD in 2015 working on the design and characterisation of protein hydrogels for tissue engineering and drug delivery applications.

Natalie Parsons

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  • Member of the Group
Xinyi Zhu graduated from Changzhou University, China in 2016 with BEng in chemical engineering & technology. In September 2016, Xinyi joined our research group to pursue a MPhil focusing on peptide based materials for biomedical applications. Natalie Parsons graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2016 with a degree in Chemistry (MChem). During her degree she spent a year at Unilever, Port Sunlight as an industrial placement student where she developed hair shampoos. In September 2016 she joined the Graphene NOWNANO Centre for Doctoral Training and in April 2017 she joined Dr. Aravind Vijayaraghavan's (School of Materials, FSE) group to work, in collaboration with our group, towards the development graphene- biopolymer hydrogel composites for biomedical applications.

Paolo Mussone

obtained his PhD in 2007 working on "UV-Induced Reactions in Langmuir Monolayers From Preformed Polymers". Following his stay in our group he became a postdoctoral research fellow in the Oil Sands Engineering Research Group at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada.

Paul Metcalfe

Paul Metcalfe obtained his MPhil in 2005 working on the "Role of Chemical Architecture on the Physical Properties of Model Thermoplastic Polyurethanes".

Pietro Locatelli

Pietro Locatelli obtained his PhD in 2015 working on designing polyurea nanoparticules. He then was recruited as a Physical Polymer Scientist by Syngenta.

Prof. Alberto Saiani

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  • Member of the Group
Prof. Alberto Saiani was awarded an European PhD in 1997 by the University Louis Pasteur, (Strasbourg, France). Following his PhD he was awarded a Fellowship by the Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS), which allowed him to spend one year as postdoctoral research fellow at Osaka University (Japan). In 1998 he was recruited as postdoctoral research associate at Imperial College in the Chemical Engineering department where he stayed two years. In September 2000 he was appointed to a lectureship at the Université Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand, France) and in September 2002 he was appointed to a lectureship in Molecular Materials in the School of Materials, The University of Manchester. In 2013 Alberto was awarded an EPSRC Research Fellowship.

Prof. Aline F. Miller

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  • Member of the Group
  • Professor of Biomolecular Engineering in the School
Prof. Aline F. Miller is a Professor of Biomolecular Engineering in the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science having joined the University of Manchester in 2002. Prior to this she held a New Hall College Junior Research Fellowship at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge University working with Professor Dame Athene Donald FRS. She is a chemist by training (B.Sc. and Ph.D.) and during this time gained several awards, including the Sir George Beilby Medal and the Hackman Research Fellowship. She has also gained several awards while in Manchester including the Exxon Mobil Teaching Fellowship in 2004 and in 2008 was awarded The Royal Society of Chemistry MacroGroup UK Young Researchers Medal and also The Institute of Physics, Polymer Physics Group Young Researchers Lecture Award for her work on self-assembling materials. More recently she won the 2014 Philip Leverhulme Prize for Engineering and was shortlisted for the 2014 WISE Research Award.

Rongsheng Zhang

Rongsheng Zhang was a postdoctoral research fellow in our group in 2005 working on the self assembling properties of model peptides. Following his stay in our group he was appointed as an Analytical Chemist with Lipoxen, London.

Sergio Garcia-Rivera

Sergio Garcia-Rivera obtained his PhD in 2007 working on "Amyloid Fibrils as Self-Assembled Biomaterials: An Insight Into Biopolymer Gelation". Pasumarty M. Subrahmanyam obtained his PhD in 2007 working on "Microstrucuture of surfactant mesophases under shear". Following his stay in our group he was appointed by Unilever (UK) as Postdoctoral Research Scientist.

Siyuan Dong

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  • Member of the Group
Siyuan Dong graduated from China Medical University in 2016 with a BSc in Clinical Pharmacy. In September 2016, she went to study at Queen's University of Belfast and graduated with an Mphil in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology in December 2017. In September 2018, Siyuan joined our group to do a PhD on designing and testing of self-assembling peptide systems for targeted cancer drug delivery.

Stephen Boothroyd

Stephen Boothroyd obtained his PhD in 2011 working on improving and controlling the mechanical properties of self-assembled peptide biomaterials. Following his stay in our group Stephen took on a Research Associate position at the University of Durham.

Vicki Workman

Vicki Workman joined our group from 2014 to work on anumber of project around the design and developement of peptide hydrogels for biomedical applications. In 2018 she was appointed as a PDRA at the University of Sheffield in Professor Sheila MacNeil group.

Vincenzo D'Ignoti

Vincenzo D'Ignoti obtained his MPhil in 2006 working on "Model Segmented Polyurethanes: Thermodynamic - Structure - Properties Correlations". Following his stay in our group he was appointed as an Analytical Chemist with Dow Chemical (IT).

Xiaoxia Huang

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  • Member of the Group
Xiaoxia Huang graduated from Beijing University in 2014 with a BEng in Biomaterials. Following her graduation she took on a research assistant position in a company in Chengdu and work on developing and characterizing coating materials for pipelines. In 2016 she went to study at The University of Sheffield and graduated with an MSc in Polymers for Advanced Technologies in January 2017. In September 2017, she joined our group to do a PhD on designing multi-functional peptide hydrogels for biosensing applications.

Xinyi Zhu

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  • Member of the Group
Xinyi Zhu graduated from Changzhou University, China in 2016 with BEng in chemical engineering & technology. In September 2016, Xinyi joined our research group to pursue a MPhil focusing on peptide based materials for biomedical applications.

Yu Xin

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  • Member of the Group
Yu Xin graduated from Qingdao University of Science & Technology in 2014 with a BEng in Polymer Materials and Engineering (Rubber). Following her graduation, she worked as a laboratory technician in Qingdao Zhonghua New Materials Laboratory. In 2016 she went to study at The University of Manchester and graduated with an MSc in Polymer Materials Science and Engineering in November 2017. In February 2018, she joined Prof. Julie Gough's (School of Materials, FSE) group to pursue, in collaboration with our group, a PhD on engineering the liver using self-assembled peptide hydrogels.

Zixuan Liu

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  • Member of the Group