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Prof. George Malliaras

George Malliaras

George Malliaras is the Prince Philip Professor of Technology at the University of Cambridge. He received a PhD from the University of Groningen and did a postdoc at the IBM Almaden Research Center. Before joining Cambridge, he was a faculty member at Ecole des Mines de St. Etienne and at Cornell University, and served as the Director of the Cornell NanoScale Facility. His research has been recognized with awards from the New York Academy of Sciences, the US National Science Foundation, and DuPont. He is a member of the Hellenic National Council for Research and Technology, a Fellow of the Materials Research Society and of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Email: • Tel:+44 1223 748312 • @georgemalliaras

Postdocs

Vincenzo Curto

Vincenzo Fabio Curto received his BSc and MSc both in Chemical Engineering from the University of Palermo in 2010, Italy. In 2013, he earned his PhD from Dublin City University under the supervision of Prof. Dermot Diamond, working on the development wearable microfluidic chemo/bio-sensors for sports applications. He was then awarded by the EC with a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships (IEF) to developed microfluidic cell culture systems coupled with on-line electronics monitoring systems. This work was carried out in the Department of Bioelectronics of the Ecole des Mines de St. Etienne (France). As a postdoctoral researcher in Cambridge, he is developing high-density neural probes for speech rehabilitation under the BrainCom FET project.

Email: • Tel:+44 1223 762412

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Christopher M. Proctor received his B.Sc. in Interdisciplinary Physics from the University of Michigan in 2008. Following two years as a general scientist at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, he earned his Ph.D. in Materials from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he investigated loss mechanisms in organic photovoltaics (2015). Christopher subsequently was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from Whitaker International to develop electrophoretic drug delivery devices at the Ecole des Mines de St Etienne and is now continuing this work as a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge.

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Alexandra Rutz received her B.Sc. in Chemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2011 (IL, USA). In 2016, she earned her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University (Chicago, IL, USA) where she engineered hydrogel bioinks for 3D printing tissues and organs. With support from the Whitaker International Scholars Program, Alexandra is developing penetrating neural electrodes with improved in vivo biocompatibility and enhanced long-term function.

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Ana Sanchez

Ana Sanchez-Sanchez received her B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Basque Country in 2010 (UPV/EHU, Spain). In 2014, she earned her Ph.D. in Physics of Nanostructures and Advanced Materials at University of Basque Country where she worked on the assembly of bioinspired single chain polymer nanoparticles. As a postdoc in 2015 she joined the Innovative Polymers Group at POLYMAT working on the synthesis and applications of innovative conductive bio-polymeric materials. Funded by a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship, Ana is developing new conducting ionic liquid gels for long-term electrophysiology recordings.

Email: • Tel:+44 1223 762412

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Alejandro Carnicer Lombarte received his BA in Biological Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 2013. In 2014, he received his MSc in Neuroscience from University College London, where he designed and developed biocompatible thick-film electrode arrays. Through the MRC/Sackler Doctoral Training Programme, Alejandro studied the link between mechanics and implant rejection, and developed chronically-stable soft neural implants as part of his PhD thesis.

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Graduate students

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Anastasios Polyravas received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2017. He specialised in the field of Electronic & Computer Engineering. He did his Master thesis on the programming and recording of signals in microprocessors, such as Arduino. As a Ph.D. student, Anastasios is developing and characterising organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs) for brain-computer interfaces (BCIs).

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Tanya Mangoma obtained her integrated Masters in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Manchester in 2017. As part of her studies, she undertook a year-long industrial placement where she focused on characterisation of electro-mechanical losses during the manufacture of piezoelectric actuators. She also carried out research on the development of microscope-based Digital Image Correlation as a tool for direct measurement of shear piezoelectric properties. For her final year dissertation, Tanya worked on further developing emerging Lab based X-ray tomographic techniques which have elemental mapping capabilities. She joined the Centre for Doctoral Training in Ultra Precision Engineering at the University of Cambridge in October 2017. As part of her training, Tanya is undertaking a 5 month project on Additive manufacturing of Neuromorphic devices.

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Visitors

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Monica Miranda Mugica received her B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of the Basque Country in 2016 (San Sebastian, Spain). She finished her Masters Degree in Chemistry and Polymers in 2017, specialising in Polymeric Materials. She did her Master's thesis in the Polymerization Processes Group of POLYMAT, in which she developed some block copolymers using asymmetric and symmetric RAFT agent by miniemulsion polymerization. Since January 2018, Monica is developing and characterising new materials, such as fluorogels, in order to improve the biocompatibility of biosensors at the University of Cambridge.

Email: • Tel:+44 1223 762412

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Estibaliz Garcia Gaitan received her B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of the Basque Country in 2015 (San Sebastian, Spain). She finished her MS in "Applied Chemistry and Polymeric Materials" in July 2016 specialising in Polymeric Materials. She did her Master's thesis "Effect of the content of graphene on the thermal properties of polylactic acid (PLA)" in the Department of Synthesis and Characterization of Polymeric Nanocomposites at the University of the Basque Country. In September 2016 she started working in Graphenea company (San Sebastian, Spain) in the Graphene Oxide Research Group. Since January 2018, Estíbaliz is developing highly sensitive conductive polymers/enzyme-based biosensor for bioelectronic applications at the University of Cambridge.

Email: • Tel:+44 1223 762412

Administrative Assistant

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Kirsty Shepherd has been working in an administrative role within the University of Cambridge since 2004. She joined the Division of Electrical Engineering early in 2017 and is both PA to Professor George Malliaras and Administrator for the Bioelectronics Laboratory.

Email: • Tel:+44 1223 748380