The Crew

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr Agostino Galanti:
Agostino is a chemist with international experience. He is specialised in materials chemistry and photochemistry. He is working on the development of free-standing protocellular materials. His work is aimed at designing protocellular materials-based actuators, capable of transducing external stimuli to a mechanical response.
Email: agostino.galanti@bristol.ac.uk


PhD Students

Ms Mary Jenkinson-Finch:
Mary is a third-year PhD student working on light-triggered communication pathways between protocells. Her project is in collaboration with Prof. Stephen Mann.
In our lab she is responsible for MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry.
Email: mj13471@bristol.ac.uk

Ms Aina Rebasa-Vallverdu:
Aina is a second-year PhD student working on protocells capable of light-induced water-splitting. This project is in collaboration with Prof. Stephen Mann and Prof. Marcella Bonchio at the University of Padua (Italy).
In our lab she is responsible for the pH meters and photochemistry equipment.
Email: aina.rebasavallverdu@bristol.ac.uk

Mr Patrick Grimes:
Patrick completed his undergraduate degree in Natural Sciences at Lancaster University with a thesis on synthetic approaches to 1,2-Diazetidines. During his undergraduate studies he spent a year abroad at the University of Colorado Boulder, and in the summer 2019 he was awarded a bursary to work on the synthesis of ion pair-binding rotaxanes.
In September 2020 he joined the Gobbo Group for his PhD. His PhD project is highly multidisciplinary and aims to create protocellular materials capable of information processing tasks using DNA technology. This work is in collaboration with the research group of Dr Thomas Gorochowski (School of Biological Sciences, www.biocomputelab.org), who is an expert in the design of gene and DNA-based computational circuitry.
Email: p.grimes@bristol.ac.uk

Ms Isobel Scott-Douglas:
Izzie completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of Bristol with an MSc research project in the Gobbo Group, where she worked on polymerisation-induced self-assembly (PISA). During her undergraduate studies she was awarded a bursary to work in Prof. Charl Faul’s laboratory in the summer of 2018 and spend a year abroad at the University of Heidelberg (Germany).
In September 2020 she entered the Centre for Doctoral Training in Technology Enhanced Chemical Synthesis, and she has returned to the Gobbo Group to complete a short rotation project. She is currently learning about protein-polymer nanoconjugate synthesis and developing knowledge of PISA.
Email: isobel.douglas.2016@bristol.ac.uk


Undergraduate Students

Ms India Ayling: India is a 4th year undergraduate Chemistry student, who joined the Gobbo Group for her MSc research project. She is working on polymerisation-induced self-assembly (PISA) for the generation of new protocell models.

Ms Leeya Patel: Leeya is a 3rd year undergraduate Chemistry student, who joined the Gobbo Group for her BSc research project. Her work aims to propose a way to categorise all protocell models.


Visiting Students


Former Postdoctoral Researchers

Mx Robert Arbon (January-July 2020): Rob is a data scientist who worked to develop novel machine learning methodologies to assist the design of polymers with precise physical chemical properties.


Former Students

Ms Estela Bocarando Salcido (May-Sept 2020): Estela joined our group as a Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN) MRes student. She worked with Dr Sara Correia Carreira (main supervisor, School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine). Her work aimed to design ways to conjugate protocellular materials to living tissues and study the mechanical properties of the resulting hybrid biomaterial.

Ms Victoria Jiang (Jul-Sept 2020): Victoria joined our group as a 2nd year Chemistry student. She worked on the communication properties of protocellular materials using DNA nanotechnology. The project was in collaboration with Dr Thomas Gorochowski (School of Biological Sciences, www.biocomputelab.org) who is an expert in the design of gene and DNA-based computational circuitry.

Ms Isobel Scott-Douglas (Oct 2019-Mar 2020): Izzy joined our group as an undergraduate Chemistry student, who joined our group for her MSc research project. She worked on polymerisation-induced self-assembly (PISA) and was responsible for the group’s GPCs.

Mr Raihan Azad (Oct 2019-Mar 2020): Raihan joined our group as an undergraduate Chemistry student, who joined our group for his MSc research project. He developed ways to generate protocellular materials with complex 3D architectures and investigated for the first time their communication properties. He is currently working at Cytiva as a custom operations associate.

Mr Justin Park (Oct 2019-Dec 2019): Justin joined our group as a MSc student visiting from Western University (Canada) where he works with Prof. M. S. Workentin on bio-orthogonally reactive nanomaterials.

Mr Tongfei Zhang (Oct 2019-Dec2019): Worked for 3 months on Machine Learning-assisted polymer design.