Researchers at UCD


Louise Rocks

Post Doc Research Fellow Lvl I

School Of Chemistry & Chemical Biology



Dr. Rocks joined the Centre for BioNano Interactions in November 2012 as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow. Her research is focused on the evaluation of  nanomaterial cellular/interactions including investigation of cellular uptake mechanisms, intracellular trafficking mechanisms, transport across the blood brain barrier and mechanistic details of nanomaterial induced cellular toxicity.

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.




Year 2013 Institution: University of Strathclyde
Qualification: PhD Subject: Rational design of SERS active silica coated silver nanoparticles as a versatile platform for semi-quantitative bio-imaging.
Year 2008 Institution: University of Strathclyde
Qualification: MSc Subject: Forensic and Analytical Chemistry



Peer Reviewed Journals

Zarschler, K; Prapainop, K; Mahon, E; Rocks, L; Bramini, M; Kelly, PM; Stephan, H; Dawson, KA (2014) 'Diagnostic nanoparticle targeting of the EGF-receptor in complex biological conditions using single-domain antibodies'. Nanoscale, 6 (11):6046-6056. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Rocks, L; Faulds, K; Graham, D. (2011) 'Rationally designed SERS active silica coated silver nanoparticles'. Chemical Communications, 47 :4415-4417. [Details]
Herda Luciana, M., Polo, Ester, Kelly Philip, M., Rocks, Louise, Hudecz, Diána, Dawson Kenneth, A. (2014) 'Designing the future of nanomedicine: current barriers to targeted brain therapeutics'. European Journal of Nanomedicine, 6 (3). Available Online [Details]
Hudecz, Diána, Rocks, Louise, Fitzpatrick Laurence, W., Herda, Luciana-Maria, Dawson Kenneth, A. (2014) 'Reproducibility in biological models of the blood-brain barrier'. European Journal of Nanomedicine, 6 (3). Available Online [Details]

Other Journals

Rocks, L; Dawson, KA (2014) 'The interaction between nanoparticles and biological barriers' European Journal of Nanomedicine 6 (3) . Available Online [DOI] [Details]