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Dr. Louise Rocks

joined the Centre for BioNano Interactions in November 2012 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research is focused on the effectiveness of molecular targeting with nanoparticles, specifically, the complications that arise in complex biological fluids. She utilises mRNA silencing protocols, flow cytometry and fluorescence microscopy to understand the mechanisms of cellular uptake and intracellular localisation. Efficacy of receptor binding and cell uptake of protein-functionalised nanoparticles in the presence of serum are also investigated to elucidate the “corona effect”.

Louise obtained an MSci. in chemistry in 2008 from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, prior to undertaking a Ph.D under the supervision of Prof. Duncan Graham. Her doctoral thesis concerned the development of a sensitive approach to in vitro / ex vivo biomolecule imaging using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). This included the fabrication of SERS active silver / silica core / shell nanostructures, subsequent bio-functionalisation via silica chemistry and imaging of inflammatory markers in biological samples.