Current Members


Dr Hannah Leese (Group Lead)
Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Hannah joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Bath as Prize Fellow in Advanced Bio-separations in 2018 and is now a Lecturer in the Department. Before rejoining Bath she held post-doc positions in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London and in the Nanomedicine Lab at the University of Manchester. She completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of York and her PhD in Chemical Engineering. Hannah is dedicated to bridging disciplines to tackle sustainable healthcare challenges throughout her research and teaching.

Emma Daniels
CSCT PhD Researcher (2018-)

Emma graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2018 with a Masters degree in Chemistry. During her degree, Emma worked with Prof Neil Champness developing a novel [3]-rotaxane and investigating its use in catalysis and completed a computational project under the supervision of Prof Elena Besley, investigating the implantation of metal ions into carbon nanostructures using molecular dynamic simulations. Emma is currently in the second year of her integrated PhD on the CDT in Sustainable Chemical Technologies, co-supervised by Dr Antoine Buchard and Prof Steve Parker . Her research is looking at the synthesis and computational design of sugar-derived polymers for application in bio-sensing to detect disease. In her spare time Emma enjoys being part of the dance society and practising yoga.

Yasemin Mustafa
C3Bio PhD Researcher (2019-)

Yasemin is a current PhD student working on "Multifunctional Devices for Rapid Point-of Diagnostics" co-supervised by Dr Pedro Estrela and Dr Despina Moschou . This project is dedicated to the development of a novel multiplex platform biosensor device for the diagnosis of the onset of infection, with a specific focus on sepsis at the point-of-care to prevent the distribution of broad-spectrum antibiotics. Yasemin obtained a Chemistry (BSc) and a Chemical Research (MSc) from Queen Mary University of London with both degrees demonstrating a strong focus on biomaterials. The research projects concentrated on the synthesis of phosphate-based glasses for tissue engineering.

Joe Turner
Abbott-EPSRC PhD Researcher (2019-)

Joe is a current PhD student working on the project titled: “Detect, Treat and Tell” (shortened) – developing polymeric responsive microneedle-based skin patches. This research project is EPSRC match-funded with Abbott and co-supervised by Dr Pedro Estrela and Dr Michael Thatcher (Abbott). Joe joined the University of Bath in 2019 after obtaining a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering (MEng) from Swansea University. During this time Joe worked on graphene biosensors in the Centre for NanoHealth and on novel acid soluble collagen foams for regenerative medicine. Joe’s interests include 3D printing which he uses to fabricate microneedles.

Harindi Jayakody
Industrial PhD Researcher (2019-)

Harindi is a current PhD student working on developing HIV viral load devices. She is an industrially based PhD student and is working as a scientist at Erba Molecular. Her project is dedicated towards developing a cost-effective, robust, quantitative HIV viral load device for application in low resource settings. Harindi joined the University of Bath in 2019 after obtaining an integrated masters in molecular biology and biochemistry from the University of Sheffield. Her MSc project was focused on developing a semi-quantitative assay for HIV viral load monitoring.

Dr Antonios Keirouz
PDRA MIMIC-nano (2021-)

Tony joined the University of Bath in 2021, currently working on Dr Leese’s EPSRC-funded project focusing on the development of molecularly imprinted conductive nanoneedle sensors for sepsis. He holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Edinburgh in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Laboratory for Material Science and Technology (Empa), an ETH Domain institute, and a First Class Honours in Cell and Molecular Biology from Heriot-Watt University. Dr Keirouz has worked closely with scientists, engineers and clinicians on a wide range of projects, including electrospun biomaterials for wound healing, drug-eluting antimicrobial meshes for hernia repair, nanofibers for biosensing, stem cell-based gene therapies for glioblastoma, identification of DNA methylation regions in cervical cancer, and hepatic nanotoxicology.

Olivia Dickinson
CSCT-Monash PhD Researcher (2021-)

Olivia graduated with a first class honours in Materials Science and Engineering MEng from the University of Manchester. Olivia is now a member of the Materials for Health Lab research group and on the Global Chemical Engineering Bath-Monash programme with the CSCT at the University of Bath. Interests include reducing the environmental impacts of everyday textiles and optimising textiles and fibres used in medical care. Olivia is undertaking her research in the area of peptide polymer fibre development, focusing on peptide design for circular textiles.

Dr Nael Berri
PDRA BioMed 4.0 (2023-)

Nael is a post-doctoral research associate in the department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath. He will be investigating the use of eHD-3D novel technology to manufacture tissue scaffold products. Before joining Bath, he held a post-doc position at the Institute of Molecular Chemistry and Materials of Orsay at the Paris-Saclay University (project funded by the IAEA). He completed his MSc in biomaterial and tissue engineering and PhD in mechanical engineering at University College London (UCL). Nael is interested in the development of novel processing technologies for handling a wide range of materials that can be used for the development of tissue engineering scaffolds and/or biocoatings.

Meltem Agar
C3Bio PhD Researcher (2020-)

Meltem obtained her BSc and MSc degrees in Physics from Marmara University and Yildiz Technical University in 2012 and 2015, respectively. Her MSc project focused on developing biosensors for detection of heavy metal ions and bacteria in liquids. She is a current PhD student in the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department working on the ‘’Development of Molecularly Imprinted Polymer Based Sensor Arrays for Detection of Pathogenic Bacteria’’ supervised by Dr Pedro Estrela and co-supervised by Dr Hannah Leese and Dr Maisem Laabei. With this study, it is aimed to detect bacteria harmful to human health such as E. coli, K. pneumoniae in water using molecularly imprinted polymer based sensors.

Sadeka Nujhat
PhD Researcher (Jan 2022-)

Sadeka is currently a PhD researcher working on developing a microfluidic device for the early ovarian cancer detection, supervised by Dr Sandhya Moise and Dr Hannah Leese. This project focuses on the analysis of exosomes as biomarkers for cancer detection. Sadeka graduated in Biomedical Science (BSc) and Genomic Medicine (MSc) from Queen Mary University of London. For her MSc thesis, Sadeka analysed genomic data to establish potential genetic mutations that contribute to the development of familial acute myeloid leukaemia in the Barts Cancer Institute (BCI). She later joined BCI as a lab technician handling cancer clinical trial samples.

Bo Zhu
PhD Researcher (Oct 2019-)

Jess Hines
PhD Researcher (Oct 2019-)

Former Members

  • Dr Ria Atri - PhD Researcher (2016-2022) - Now Programme Officer, Awards and Prizes, Royal Society of Chemistry (2022)
  • Dr Scott McCormick - Microfluidics Engineer - GenomeKey (2022)
  • Dr Dan Merryweather - Now PDRA on NeuChip Project - Loughborough University (2021)
  • Sukanya Hongthong – Royal Thai Scholarship PhD Researcher (2017-2021) - Now Lecturer at Chaiyaphum Rajabhat University
  • Eleni Nicodemou– MSc Student (Feb-Sept 2020)
  • Sotia Neopyhtou – MSc Student (Feb-Sept 2020)
  • Duangkamon Thasriphu – MEng (Feb-May 2020)
  • Leah White – MEng (Feb-May 2020)
  • Mark Duggan - MEng (Feb-May 2020)
  • Nathan Eedy - MEng (Feb-May 2020)
  • Chloe Davies - MEng (Feb-Apr 2019)
  • Maveendra Durailingam - MEng (Feb-Apr 2019)
  • Theo Roffe - MEng (Feb-Apr 2019)