We would like to welcome the new senior teaching fellows, Dr. Fernando da Cruz Vasconcellos and Dr. Tanya Hutter, who join the department this month as Senior Teaching Fellows of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sensor Technologies and Applications (Sensor CDT). Fernando and Tanya will be helping with the course development, organising the student projects and mentoring.
Fernando is a post-doctoral researcher from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology here at the University of Cambridge where he works on Sensors for Healthcare Applications. He says, "I’m very excited to be part of the Sensor CDT and I'm looking forward to significantly contribute to the Sensor CDT through teaching, research and collaboration across the University, particularly in my areas of expertise of soft biological systems, functional materials and sensors."
Fernando obtained a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB) in 2000. From the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), he received a M.Sc. (2007) and a Ph.D. degree, in a joint program with MIT, (2011) in Chemical Engineering. He served as Professor in the Department of Production Engineering of FACAMP, Campinas, São Paulo (2011-2012). Fernando has professional experience in the design, management and execution of engineering projects in multinational companies. He has broad international research and industry experience in the chemical engineering and biotechnology sectors, and he has been part of the founding team of two technology start-up companies in Brazil. Since 2013, Fernando has been a post-doctoral researcher and invited lecturer at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology here at the University of Cambridge.
Tanya Hutter obtained a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Ben-Gurion University in 2007. She received an M.Sc. in Materials Science and Engineering from Tel-Aviv University in 2009. In 2013, she obtained a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Trinity College and the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge. Between 2013 and 2014, she held a University of Cambridge-Wellcome Trust Senior Internship for Interdisciplinary Research. Tanya has experience in the theoretical and experimental design and development of various sensing platforms. She has been involved with CamBridgeSens since 2009, when she was a 1st year PhD student in Cambridge. Her team won the CamBridgeSens Sensor Competition to develop an integrated optical waveguide sensor. Tanya is also a co-founder of a chemical sensor startup in Cambridge.
She says, "I have been involved in sensor research for several years now, and the multidisciplinary nature of this area makes it difficult to be placed in a single Department. I hope the Sensor CDT will bridge those gaps across various Departments and enable truly interdisciplinary research. I am very excited to see the CamBridgeSens network grow into the Sensor CDT programme, and I am thrilled to be part of the team."