Postdoctoral Researchers

CBNI postdoctoral researchers come from a diverse range of scientific backgrounds and funding bodies including Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)Irish Research Council (IRC) and the Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network (CALIN), that reflects our multidisciplinary approach to research. 

Read more about our talented postdoctoral researchers below. 


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Ester is a 2022 Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Awardee. Her postdoctoral research at CBNI focuses on the multidisciplinary study of advanced nanoparticle-cell interactions.

Ester graduated in Italy from the University of Genoa with a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Chemical Technologies in 2014 and a Master's degree in Chemical Sciences in 2016. During her undergraduate studies she dealt with the investigation of physicochemical aspects related to nanoparticle synthesis and characterisation. In 2017, she started her PhD in Chemical Sciences and Technologies at the University of Genoa. She was awarded her doctoral title in 2021 with a biophysical thesis focused on the study of nanoparticle interactions with model cell membranes. During her PhD, Ester was affiliated with the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa and undertook a research internship at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland). After a first postdoc at the Department of Physics of the University of Genoa, she joined CBNI in September 2022.



Maryam joined CBNI in September 2022. Her postdoctoral researcher is focused on the synthesis and characterization of PNA decorated gold–silica core shells and magnetic gold nanoparticles for biomedical applications based on the understanding of complex bio-nano interactions, particle detections with high resolution electron microscopy, and theoretical simulation of nanostructures. Maryam obtained her Master’s degree in Energy System Engineering from the University of Manchester in 2010. She received her Ph.D. in Nano Science and Nano Engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 2020. The nature of her PhD degree involved a great deal of research on nanofabrication techniques for the next generation of rechargeable batteries to improve their performance and cycle life. Her research skills include micro/nanofluidic systems, MEMS, thin film coatings, biosensors, biomaterials, and energy storage devices.

Yuchen joined CBNI in November 2020 as a postdoctoral fellow. His work is focused on the construction of advanced bio-nanostructures for biomedical applications based on the understanding of complex bio-nano interactions.

Yuchen graduated from Peking University in China with a BSc in chemistry in 2012. In 2014 he began a joint programme at both the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST), China and University of Copenhagen, Denmark. As part of that programme, in 2017 Yuchen obtained an MSc in nanoscience from University of Copenhagen. He then continued his PhD studies at NCNST and was awarded a PhD in 2020, with a thesis entitled "Phase separation of the complex of peptide and metal clusters”.

Wei joined CBNI in September 2017. Her PhD research is focused on the synthesis and characterization of complex nanostructures and investigation of their biological interactions using multi-omics and sequencing methods. After graduation Wei continued her research in CBNI as a postdoc fellow from 2022.

Wei graduated from Xiamen University (China) with a B.Sc. in Chemistry in 2015. Following graduation, she joined Professor Yan Bing’s group where her research focused on the effects of nanoparticle core composition on their cellular interactions.

Zixu joined CBNI in September 2022 as a postdoctoral researcher. Her work is focused on understanding complex interactions between nanostructures and living systems. Zixu graduated from Queen Mary, University of London with a BSc in chemistry in 2013. She came to University College Dublin (UCD) to pursue her studies further and was awarded an MSc by research on photophysical properties of one-dimensional conjugated polymer nanostructures in 2015. She continued her postgraduate studies at UCD and was awarded a PhD on "optical characterisation of conjugated polymer nanoparticles using confocal fluorescence detection methods" in 2021.