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Dr. Sonia Ramirez-Garcia

joined the Centre for BioNano Interactions as a Postdoctoral Fellow in January 2009. Her research is focussed on the dispersion and characterisation of different types of nanoparticles in biological medium. She is also involved in the coordination of the International Alliance for NanoEHS Harmonization. The aim of the Alliance is to develop and validate protocols for dispersion and toxicity studies of nanoparticles. Sonia is also involved in the EU FP7 NeuroNano project and the SFI BioNanoInteract Strategic Research Cluster where she studies and optimises dispersions of types of nanoparticles for the study of their biological and neurological impact.

Dr. Sonia Ramirez-Garcia received her Ph.D. in 2003 from the Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona, Spain. During her PhD she developed biosensors for organic solvents. She worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Dublin City University, Ireland, in the Adaptive Sensors Group under the supervision of Prof. Diamond for two years developing sensors and actuators based on conducting polymers. She then worked as a lecturer in Dublin City University for one year teaching Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Environmental Chemistry. Later on she worked in CRANN, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, as a post-doctoral researcher. The project consisted of the development of conducting polymers incorporating molecular switches. She is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the CBNI, under the supervision of Prof. Dawson. Her research is currently focused on the dispersion and characterisation of nanoparticles. Her research interests include the development and characterisation of nanostructured materials for different applications, from sensing to energy harvesting systems.