Fahad's BSc was obtained in Physics at King Saud University in 1998.
During undergraduate study, his interest in physics was strengthened through participating and supervising scientific activities and inventions at schools, which were organised from 1998 to 2013 by the Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia. During this time, he concentrated on lasers.
While studying for his masters, Fahad focused on Nano-Science, due its great potential for scientific revolutions. Nano-Technology has changed technology in many applications in most areas. This change motivated him to choose "Photoacoustic Properties of Silver Nanoparticles in Solutions" as a masters' dissertation title which he completed in Laser Physics at King Saud University in 2011. Currently, he is working on a PhD with Prof. Francesca Palombo and Prof. Nick Stone within the BioSpec Group.
The subject of the research is Noble metal nanoparticle constructs for Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy applications in cancer diagnosis and treatment. Generally, my research is focused on the following overall objectives:
- Prepare the NP constructs accordingly to current protocols
- Assess the NP suitability for SERS application to cell samples
- Add Raman reporter to the constructs to investigate cancer targeting
Specifically, the project is aimed at developing biodegradable noble metal nanoparticle constructs based on AuNPs and liposomes (or lipid vesicles) with added SERS activity and tumour-targeting capabilities.
Michelle completed her MPhys undergraduate masters degree at the University of Exeter in 2017, with research in Biophysics, studying the diffusion of polymers through gels and cartilage.
Now Michelle is working on her PhD under Prof. Francesca Palombo and Prof. Nick Stone in the BioSpec team. She uses Brillouin microscopy to assess the micromechanical properties of tissues and tissue phantoms, with particular interest in the Biomedical applications of the technique to Oesophageal cancer.
Doriana got her master’s degree in Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology at the University of Perugia. During her studies, she became fascinated by the potential and sensitivity of ultrafast non-linear spectroscopy techniques, which led her to complete her master project at the European Laboratory for Non-Linear Spectroscopy (LENS), in Florence. Through that experience, she exploited 2D-IR spectroscopy for studying the dynamical processes of the lipid membranes and calculating the time scale of sub-molecular fluctuation.
Currently, Doriana is enrolled in a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Nick Stone and Prof. Francesca Palombo as a member of Biophysics Group at the University of Exeter. Her research is focused on the application of Raman and FTIR spectroscopies as diagnostic and prognostic tools for the evaluation of breast cancer. This project puts the emphasis on the biochemical heterogeneity of micro-calcifications and their predictive role within the evolution of the tumour.
Pablo Martínez Pancorbo
Pablo completed his BSc in Physics at Complutense University of Madrid in 2015, MSc in Physics of Complex Systems at UNED in 2016 and MSc in Energy Engineering in 2018. He was working with Prof. Jose Maria Ortiz de Zarate in collaboration with the European Space Agency and the University of Pau in the first numerical solution for the effects in the concentration of ternary mixtures under a gradient of temperature and gravity fluctuations.
Currently, he is a PhD student in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Metamaterials (XM2) at the University of Exeter under the supervision of Prof. Nick Stone in the Biomedical Spectroscopy Labs, within the Biophysics Group; and Prof. Yanqiu Zhu in the Functional Materials Lab, within the Nano Engineering Science and Technology Group. He is investigating novel magnetoplasmonic nanoparticles for multifunctional imaging, diagnosis and treatment of early stage single cancer cells, with a particular emphasis in breast cancer. He possess a very diverse background in research including areas such as cancer nanomedicine, cytotoxicity of nanoparticles, hydrodynamics, Raman spectroscopy, magnetic resonance imaging (NRI), X-rays computed tomography (CT) and magnetic hyperthermia. Moreover, he also has over 500 hours of university teaching experience in diverse areas that range from mathematics for economists to thermofluidic engineering and is accredited as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA) since 2019.
Rikke got her BSc degree in Biology from the University of Copenhagen in 2014. During her degree she worked with protein chemistry and NMR spectroscopy in SBiN lab under Dr. Birthe Brandt Kragelund . Recently she has finished a Master of Science by Research at University of Exeter, where she studied the role of the DNA damage signalling cascade in antibody diversification in the lab of Dr. Richard Chahwan (Biocatalysis Centre).
Currently she is enrolled in a PhD with primary supervisor Dr. Francesca Palombo as a member of Prof. Nick Stone's Biomedical Spectrocopy Labs within the Biophysics Group, University of Exeter. The research is conducted in collaboration with secondary supervisors Dr. Richard Chahwan and Dr. Stefano Pagliara (Biosciences, CLES). Her research is focused on FTIR imaging of live immune cells in microfluidic devices; studying chromatin changes during DNA damage and antibody diversification.