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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

Roisin Owens, Gabi Kaminski Schierle and Graham Christie

Congratulations to our academics Gabi Kaminski-Schierle, promoted to Reader, Graham Christie, promoted to University Senior Lecturer, and Róisín Owens, promoted to Professor of Bioelectronics, in the University's 2020 round of academic promotions. 

The promotions were awarded last month by the University's General Board and will take effect from 1 October 2020. 

Róisín Owens leads our Bioelectronic Systems Technology group, which works to develop iterative improvements on biological models and electronic devices in parallel. Their process is designed to synergistically generate improved systems that can be predictive of real biological systems, with applications for drug discovery and therapeutics. As Professor of Bioelectronics, Owens's research will continue marrying organic electronic materials with biological systems along two main themes: organ on chip and membrane on chip. Owens will also take on the role of Deputy Head of Department for Research from October for the 20-21 academic year. 



Gabi Kaminski-Schierle leads our Molecular Neuroscience group, investigating the molecules and mechanisms causing brain cells to die in different neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The group apply cutting-edge tools, from atomic force and superresolution microscopy to microfluidics and multi electrode arrays, to gain insight into cell senescence and fibril formation. 





Graham Christie leads our Molecular Microbiology group, who work to develop a greater understanding of bacterial spore structures of the Bacillus and Clostridium genera, which are the most resilient cells observed in nature. Several species are notable human and animal pathogens, including Bacillus anthracis, Clostridium botulinum and Clostridium difficile. They are particularly interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms of spore germination and the composition and assembly of the spore coat, in order to develop ways of inhibiting bacterial spores that are dangerous, and harnessing the ones that are safe for useful purposes: delivering drugs, storing enzymes or acting as chromatographic beads. They have also recently built a collaborative project with our Bionanoscience group to introduce a Coronavirus test facility within the department, testing potential materials for anti-virus properties.

We would like congratulate all three on their promotions and look forward to seeing the next steps of their research. 

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