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Bioelectronics Laboratory

 
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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. With support from the Wellcome Trust Junior Interdisciplinary Fellowship, Alej is currently developing peripheral nerve prostheses in collaboration with the group of Prof. Jenny Morton.

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Sanggil Han is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2018 and MSc from Seoul National University in 2013, both in Electrical Engineering. He worked at Hynix, Korea. He has a strong background in device physics and material characterization. His current research focuses on the development of implantable probes that combine metabolite and ion sensors with electrophysiology devices.

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Johannes Gurke received his diploma as well as his doctoral degree both in physical organic chemistry from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany in 2019. Under guidance of Prof. Stefan Hecht he gained detailed experience in the design, preparation, and characterization of various molecular photoswitches. In his past research he successfully interconnected photochemical with acid-base equilibria, achieving among others a significant, light-induced pKa-change without thermal interconversion. As a postdoctoral researcher in Cambridge he aims for the merging of photopharmacology with implantable optoelectronics and electrophoretic drug delivery. His research is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

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Magda Gerigk received her Bachelor of Engineering in Biotechnology in 2012 and her MSc in Pharmaceutical Biotechnology and Molecular Biology in 2013, both from Gdansk University of Technology, Poland. From 2014 to 2015 she worked within the Department of Cell, Integrative and Developmental Biology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA, where she used mouse models of brain tumours to study gliomagenesis. From 2015 to 2019 she undertook a PhD project within the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Working in Dr Yan Yan Shery Huang’s Biointerface group, Magda developed and validated a microfluidic-based platform for investigating the interactions between brain tumour stem cells and normal brain vasculature. As a post-doctoral researcher funded by EPSRC IRC in Targeted Delivery for Hard-to-Treat Cancers, her current focus is on developing an implantable drug delivery device that could be used for the treatment of brain cancer.

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Ivan B. Dimov received his MChem in chemistry from Oxford University, with a final year project in droplet interface bilayers, supervised by Prof. Hagan Bayley. He then moved to the University of Cambridge, for a PhD, as part of the EPSRC NanoDTC. His project was on mechanically matching neuroelectronic devices to brain and nerve tissue, supervised jointly by Dr. Kristian Franze and Prof. Henning Sirringhaus. Currently, Ivan is doing a postdoc in the Bioelectronic laboratory, in the area of wearable bioelectronics, as part of the EPSRC-funded PNEUMACRIT project for monitoring lung function in pre-term infants.

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Alexander Boys received his B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA, US) and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, US), where he was co-advised by Prof. Lara Estroff and Prof. Lawrence Bonassar. Alex’s Ph.D. research focused on the characterization and subsequent tissue engineering of orthopedic interfaces through an F31 Fellowship from the US NIH and an EAPSI Fellowship from the US NSF. Alex began his postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge in 2019, working on bioelectronic tissue engineered systems with Dr. Róisín Owens in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. Alex is currently working jointly with Dr. Owens and Prof. Malliaras through a HFSP Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship on the development of tissue engineered neural implants for the gut.

 Email: ab2661@cam.ac.uk

     
 

Iwan Roberts is a Rosetrees Trust Enterprise Fellow in the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, in  collaboration with the group of Prof. Manohar Bance. With a multidisciplinary background, Iwan completed a MPhys Physics degree at Durham University followed by a PhD in the EPSRC MRC CDT for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Manchester focussing on tissue engineering of contractile tissues. His current research focusses on the development of 3D printed artificial cochlea to study the electrical properties of cochlear implant stimulation as well as the mechanical properties of insertion to improve cochlear implant machine-neural interfacing and reduce insertion trauma, respectively. Furthermore, his research also involves finite element modelling, neural cell culture on microelectrode arrays and study of fibrosis on electrode implants. Additionally, Iwan is a keen supporter scientific entrepreneurship and innovation and leads the global Innovation Forum network of entrepreneurial scientists.

Email: ivr22@cam.ac.uk

     
 

Scott T. Keene received his BA in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Washington in 2015. In 2020, he received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University where he worked in Prof. Alberto Salleo’s group as a Stanford Graduate Fellow. During his doctoral training, Scott developed wearable biosensors for detection of analytes in sweat as well as organic neuromorphic devices for artificial neural network accelerators and neurological interfacing. His current research in the Bioelectronics Laboratory focuses on understanding the fundamental physics of electrochemical doping in organic mixed ionic-electronic conductors.

Email: stk30@cam.ac.uk