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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Laurent joined CBNI in 2017 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. His work involves synthesis and characterisation of complex nanoparticle structures and development of methodologies to investigate nanoparticle interactions with biological systems.

After a B.Sc. in biochemistry at the University of Tours in 2010, Laurent obtained his M.Sc. in structural biochemistry at the University of Bordeaux in 2012. In December 2015, he obtained his PhD at the Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry of Bordeaux (ICMCB-CNRS) with a thesis focused on the synthesis of inorganic nanoparticles and their controlled surface biofunctionalization for biological applications.

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Vahid joined CBNI in March 2019 as a postdoctoral research fellow. Prior to his postdoctoral position, Vahid received his Ph.D. degree from Department of Pathology, College of Medicine, National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), Ireland in 2018. His main research focused on the regulation of cell fate by miRNAs during unfolded protein response and its role in cancer.

Vahid studied Hematology in Iran Blood Transfusion Organisation, Tehran, Iran where he obtained his M.Sc. degree in 2012. He also received his B.Sc. degree in Medical laboratory sciences at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran in 2006.

He has extensive practical laboratory research experience, gained over ten years in a range of biomedical laboratories and subject areas and have been exposed to a number of different human disease research areas.

James joined CBNI in April 2019 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Previously he obtained a B.A. (First Class Hons) in Chemistry from Trinity College Dublin (TCD) in 2014 with a Foundation Scholarship. During his undergraduate studies he worked in the laboratory of Prof. Paula Colavita in the School of Chemistry and CRANN Research Institute on a Royal Society of Chemistry Bursary Project investigating the preparation of carbon paste electrodes for biosensor applications. His senior thesis involved in-situ¬ spectroscopic studies of the kinetics of the adsorption of aryldiazonium species at nanocarbon surfaces.

James went on to complete his PhD in Physical Chemistry in TCD in 2018. His work focused on the preparation of non crystalline carbon systems with controlled structure and surface chemistry and their application in electrocatalysis and biosensing. He also holds a certificate in statistics from the School of Computer Science and Statistics in TCD, which he obtained in parallel with his PhD work. Since 2017 he has held lecturing positions in physical chemistry in both the School of Chemistry and the School of Pharmacy in TCD.

Luca joined CBNI in 2015 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. His research focuses on synthesis and characterisation of gold complex nanostructures and biomimetic nanoconstructs for biological applications.

Luca studied chemistry at the University of Bologna where he obtained his M.Sc. in Photochemistry and Material Chemistry in 2011. In December 2014, he obtained his PhD at the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination (LCC-CNRS) in Toulouse with a thesis on N-heterocyclic carbene gold(I) complexes for the development of new organometallic drugs.

Valentina joined CBNI in May 2015 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Her work involves carbon based nanomaterials and complex nanoparticles synthesis and characterization for biological applications.

Valentina obtained a degree in Chemistry in 2007 and the M.Sc. in Photochemistry and Material Chemistry in 2011 from the University of Bologna. During her M.Sc. internship, she worked on the development of a highly sensitive nanobiosensor based on electrochemiluminescence transduction for the detection of palytoxin.

In December 2014, she obtained her PhD at the Laboratoire d'Analyse et d'Architecture des Systèmes (LAAS-CNRS) in Toulouse, with a thesis on the conception and implementation of neural probes for brain stimulation and recording. Her PhD was carried out in the NanoBioSystem group (NBS) under the supervision of Dr. Christian Bergaud and Dr. Emeline Descamps and in 2015 she received the prize for the best thesis 2014 from the GEET (Génie Electrique, Electronique, Télécommunication) doctoral school.

Esen joined CBNI in August 2019 as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

Mura joined CBNI in 2017 as Postdoctoral Fellow. Her work focuses on understating the complex interactions between nanoparticles and biological systems, with a particular interest in gaining new insights into the different ways that cells process particles.

After completing a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Engineering, Mura obtained her PhD investigating the response of stem cells to nanostructured biomaterials at Ulster University.

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Marta joined CBNI in August 2019 as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

Linlin joined CBNI in December 2018 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research focuses on the effect of nanoparticles on the extracellular environment.

Linlin graduated from Shandong University in China with a BSc in Material Physics in 2013. Her final research project studied the internalization of various DNA nanostructures into cells.

In 2015, Linlin obtained her PhD from Tsinghua University in China with her thesis title, 'Research on the Applications of Self-assembled DNA Nanostructures in Cancer Therapy and Imaging'. Her PhD was under the supervision of Dr. Baoquan Ding and Dr. Dongsheng Liu.