Dr. Ljiljana Fruk

Head of BioNano Engineering Group

Biography

Ljiljana completed her studies in chemistry at the University of Zagreb and obtained PhD in SERS and biospectroscopy from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. She was then awarded Humboldt Fellowship followed by Marie Curie Fellowship to conduct postdoctoral research in enzyme reconstitution and nanomaterial biofunctionalisation in Prof. C. Niemeyer’s group at the University of Dortmund. After being group leader at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology for 7 years, she took on the lectureship in bionanotechnology at the University of Cambridge in 2015. Her research interest is the use of bio and nanoelements to design materials for catalysis and tissue engineering. This involves development of new types of light responsive structures, DNA modification and application beyond genetics as well as protein modification and structuring. More

Dr. Antonina Kerbs

Post doctoral researcher

Biography

Antonina Kerbs is a postdoctoral researcher and Isaac Newton Trust Fellow in Bio-Nano Engineering Group at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge. She studied chemistry at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany where she also completed her PhD in Organic Chemistry (Photo-Activatable Oligonucleotides for Protein Modification and Surface Immobilisation, 2012 – 2016) under the supervision of Dr. Ljiljana Fruk. Antonina is interested in preparation and biofunctionalisation of metallic nanoparticles for medical applications and in synthesis of visible light-active compounds for applications in bionano hybrids design. In her spare time Antonina loves cooking, baking and reading. More

Leander Crocker

PhD student

Biography

Leander holds MChem from University of Southampton and during his studies did Master’s Research Placement at University of Toronto in Andrew Wooley’s group. He loves synthesizing new molecules and has joined Fruk group in 2016 to work on design and synthesis of novel bio-inspired materials to act as artificial enzymes for use in catalysis and medicine. Outside of the lab, he is a keen lacrosse player and am co-captain of the Cambridge University Lacrosse Club. He also enjoy listening to music and providing the entertainment by playing the departmental piano.

Sam I. Nehme

PhD student

Biography

Sam obtained Bachelor of science from New York University Abu Dhabi and MPhil in Micro and Nanotechnology Enterprise from University of Cambridge and has a strong interest in application of nanoparticles in biology and medicine.  He has already collected experience from various nano-ispired fields such as structural colours and drug delivery systems. He joined the group in 2017 to work on bio-inspired self-assembly systems and bio-nano hybrids to be used for drug delivery. He is also interested in intersection of science and market, loves sports and feels strongly about deep purple (the colour, not the band)​. More

Theresa Maier

Joint PhD student

Biography

Theresa obtained BSc in Bioengineering at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and MPhil in Physics from University of Cambridge before joining Prof. Slater group in 2015 to embark on her PhD. Her PhD research focuses on oral infant drug delivery, in particular the evaluation and design of a delivery system capable of administering medicine and nutrients during breastfeeding. She is passionate about novel diagnostics and therapeutics in paediatrics, and their application in low-resource settings. To support her work, she was awarded W.D. Armstrong scholarship ( University of Cambridge) and funding from the German National Merit Foundation) She is also founder and CEO of JustMilk Limited aiming at commercialisation of the research for a novel pediatric drug delivery device. More

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