Postgraduate Researchers

CBNI postgraduate 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 postgraduate researchers below. 


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Lorenzo joined CBNI in September 2017 as PhD student funded by Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network (CALIN). His research mainly focuses on the impact of nanoparticles on living systems.

He graduated from the University of Bologna (UNIBO), Italy, in 2014 with a B.Sc. in Chemistry and Material Chemistry. As part of his undergraduate research, he developed miniaturization of the Gravitational Field-Flow Fractionation (GrFFF) technique for its application in point-of-care systems under Prof. Barbara Roda supervisory.

In October 2016, he completed an M.Sc. degree in Chemistry from University of Bologna, Italy, under Prof. Barbara Roda supervisory. His research aimed to investigate the morphological alterations of Magnetosomes from Magnetotactic Bacteria grown in the presence of heavy metal. As part of his project, he focused on the isolation of Magnetotactic Bacteria exploiting the prototype Gravitational Field-Flow Fractionation (GrFFF) system and the isolation and characterization of Magnetosomes through the use of Asymmetrical Flow Field-Flow Fractionation coupled with Multi-Angle Light Scattering (AF4-MALS). 

E: Email Lorenzo | T: 01 716 2416 | LinkedIn

Aisling joined CBNI in June 2018 as a PhD student. Her research focuses on the development of nanoprobes for the characterisation of the protein corona of nanoparticles.

Aisling graduated from University College Dublin in 2018 with a BSc (Hons) in Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Her final project was centred on the synthesis and metabolic evaluation of N-heterocyclic carbene-silver (I) complexes. During her studies she also completed an internship in the area of therapeutic protein engineering under the supervision of Dr. Marina Rubini, UCD.

Cara joined CBNI in July 2019 as a PhD student.

Valeria graduated in Biomedical Science in 2013 from Palermo University of  School of Biology. Her graduate research focused on the clinical study of natural supplement in patients with Metabolic Syndrome. After graduation, Valeria completed a one-year taught Master degree in Drug Discovery and Development in “Istituto di Ricerche Farmacologiche “Mario Negri” Milan. Her research focused on the optimization of AlphaLisa immunoassay and a Label-Free assay for the analysis of human and animal proteins involved in neurodegenerative diseases.

Valeria joined CBNI in January 2016 as PhD student. Her research focuses on the immunological properties of different shapes of gold nanoparticles in vivo and in vitro.

Jingji graduated from Pharmaceutical Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology in 2013. Her undergraduate study included one-year pre-master program in cooperation with University College Dublin, during which she finished her final thesis in School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, UCD. The topic of her final thesis was the development of a chemical-microbial method to improve the design of a fluorinated drug molecule, which was a project in collaboration with a group in the University of Durham. After graduation, Jingji completed a one-year taught master degree in biotechnology in UCD. Her research focused on biodegradation of industry dye by employing Cunninghamella elegan biofilms as immobilized catalysis system.

Jingji joined CBNI in September 2015 as PhD student. Her research focuses on the immunological properties of nanoparticles.

Ingrid joined CBNI in October 2016 to start her PhD studies. The aim of her project is to provide a clear understanding of the accumulation and processing of engineered nanomaterials by the liver.

Ingrid graduated from IQS School of Engineering (IQS) in Barcelona with a BSc in Chemistry in 2013. Her final project was carried out in the Engineering Materials Group (GEMAT), and mainly focused on the encapsulation of antineoplastic agents into polyester nanoparticles.In 2015, she obtained an MSc in Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and kept working with the group during her studies, in collaboration with the start-up company SAGETIS-BIOTECH.

Her final project was focused on the understanding of protein corona formation onto PEGylated polyester nanoparticles, carried out under the supervision of Prof. Salvador Borrós.

Eoin graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a B.A. (Hons 1.1) in Medicinal Chemistry in 2016. His final year project was carried out in the Rozas group and focused on the development of alpha 2c adrenoceptor antagonists as a treatment for the cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia.

During his studies he also undertook an internship with GlaxoSmithKline in Stevenage, United Kingdom. There he worked in the respiratory group developing compounds for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

During his studies he also undertook an internship with GlaxoSmithKline in Stevenage, United Kingdom. There he worked in the respiratory group developing compounds for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

Eoin joined the Centre for BioNano Interactions in May 2019 to start his PhD studies. The aim of his Research is focused on the synthesis and characterisation of nanoparticles and there therapeutic impact.

Vanya joined CBNI in April 2017 to start her PhD studies, funded by The Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network (CALIN). Her PhD project is related to the physiochemical and biological characterization of nanostructured materials derived from natural processes.

She graduated from the Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy at Sofia University with a BSc in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials in 2015 and then started a Master program in Disperse Systems in Chemical technologies. During her studies, Vanya used to work as an undergraduate research associate in the Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering on industrial projects with BASF (Germany) and the R&D centers of Unilever (USA, China, UK).

Her final projects were related to the solubility and the phase behaviour of carboxylate solution.

Emily joined CBNI in April 2018 as a PhD student. Her research focuses on the nanoscale molecular recognition that governs the intracellular trafficking of biomolecules for precision engineering of nanoparticle surface architecture.

She graduated from the School of Biochemistry and Immunology at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) with a B.A. (Mod) in Biochemistry in 2017. Her final project focused on the targeting of G-quadruplexes as novel anti-cancer therapeutics.

During her undergraduate studies she completed an internship in a membrane protein crystallography lab in Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, TCD. 

Before joining CBNI, she worked as a research assistant in a molecular cell biology lab in the Smurfit Institue of Genetics, TCD, with a focus on the links between death receptors, inflammation, and cancer.

E: Email Emily | T: 01 716 6785 | LinkedIn

Camila joined CBNI in April 2015 as PhD student. Her research focuses on characterising and mapping the protein corona.

Camila graduated from University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil, in 2012 with a B.Sc. in Chemistry. As part of her undergraduate research, she studied structural characteristics of Brazilian crude oil, mainly by NMR analysis under Prof. Ljubica Tasic supervisory.

In March 2015, Camila completed an M.Sc. degree in Physical-Chemistry from University of Campinas, Brazil, under Prof. Nelson Durán supervisory.

Her research aimed to develop a drug depot system based on mesoporous silica nanoparticles for sustained delivery of anticancer agents. As part of her research, she focused on colloidal studies to investigate nanoparticles stability in presence of polymers and biomolecules, as well as the interactions between silica nanoparticles and proteins from the peritoneal fluid extracted from rats. 

Silvia joined CBNI in February 2017 as a visiting Masters student from Prof. Ivana Fenoglio's group. Her project focused on the synthesis, characterisation, and toxicity of magnetic carbon-coated nanoparticles.

Upon completion of her Master's degree, she rejoined CBNI as a research assistant before enrolling as a PhD student in January 2018 under the supervision of Assistant Professor Yan Yan. Her research is focused on the intracellular trafficking of complex nanostructures through cutting-edge fluorescent imaging techniques. 

She obtained her BSc and Masters in Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the Universitá degli Studi di Torino, during which she was awarded the highest grade for her Master's Thesis Research.

E: Email Silvia | T: 01 716 6785 | LinkedIn 

Qiwei joined CBNI in September 2019 as a PhD student.

Zengchun joined CBNI in September 2018 to start his PhD studies. His research is focused on novel nanoparticle synthesis, and their development for the investigation of bionano interactions.

Zengchun graduated from Shandong University in China with a BSc in Chemical Engineering and Technology in 2015. In 2018, he completed his MSc in Physical Chemistry in Shandong University under the supervision of Prof. Xia Xin. His research aimed at the preparation of Carbon Quantum Dots (CQDs) using a hydrothermal method, and their application in iron detection. He also studied the amino acid mediated biomimetic formation of light-harvesting antenna for photocatalytic hydrogen evolution during the cooperation research in the Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Science.

Xiaoliang joined CBNI in September 2018 as a PhD student. His research focuses on the proteomics analysis of nanoparticle interactions with cells.

Xiaoliang graduated with a B.Sc. from Shenyang Agricultural University in 2013. For his final research project, he investigated the phenotypic consequences of knocking-down or inserting novel genes into corn. In 2017, he completed a Masters degree with the National Centre for NanoScience and Technology of China. He studied the array of protein dysregulation caused by graphene oxide treatment in macrophages. 

Wei joined CBNI in September 2017 as a PhD student. Her research is focused on the synthesis of a diverse range of nanoparticles and investigating their effects on cellular functions.

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.