The Crew

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr Agostino Galanti:
Agostino is a chemist with international experience and 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

Mx Robert Arbon:
Rob is a data scientist currently finishing their PhD investigating statistical models of enzymes. They are working to develop novel machine learning methodologies to assist the design of polymers with precise physical chemical properties.
Email: robert.arbon@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


Ms Estela Bocarando Salcido:
Estela is a Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (BCFN) MRes student working with Dr Sara Correia Carreira (main supervisor, School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine). In the next months she will design ways to conjugate protocellular materials to living tissues and study the mechanical properties of the resulting hybrid biomaterial.
Email: mv19846@bristol.ac.uk


Undergraduate Students

Ms Victoria Jiang: Victoria is a 2nd year Chemistry student. She is working on the communication properties of protocellular materials using DNA nanotechnology. The project is 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.


Visiting Students

Ms Yuanshu (Victoria) Jiang (July 2020- Oct 2020): Victoria is a 2nd year Chemistry student and will start advancing the communication properties of protocellular materials using DNA nanotechnology.


Former Students

Ms Isobel Scott-Douglas (Oct 2019-March 2020): Izzy was 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-March 2020): Raihan was 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.

Mr Justin Park (Oct 2019-Dec2019): Justin was 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.