Development of fluorescent, carbohydrate-based nanoparticles as glycomultivalent platforms
Chemistry is the science of atoms and molecules, which make up everything in the universe. Think of chemists as 'molecular architects' building and studying structures which are on average 1000 to 1,000,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair! They study natural structures (like proteins) and molecules, as well as constructing and analysing their own structures / molecules (synthetic chemistry).
Chemistry is the scientific discipline involved with elements and compounds composed of atoms, molecules and ions: their composition, structure, properties, behavior and the changes they undergo during a reaction with other substances. In the scope of its subject, chemistry occupies an intermediate position between physics and biology. It is sometimes called the central science because it provides a foundation for understanding both basic and applied scientific disciplines at a fundamental level. For example, chemistry explains aspects of plant chemistry (botany), the formation of igneous rocks (geology), how atmospheric ozone is formed and how environmental pollutants are degraded (ecology), the properties of the soil on the moon (astrophysics), how medications work (pharmacology), and how to collect DNA evidence at a crime scene (forensics). (from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chemistry)
I make and functionalise small nanoparticles called carbon dots that we make by microwaving sugar in a domestic microwave for 3 minutes. I am attaching drugs to these nanomaterials so that the drugs can work better and be less toxic than they are on their own.
I manage a behaviour research laboratory, running behavioural experiments, supervising students, caring for bumble bees and ordering/maintaining stocks. I also am studying for my MSci by Research in nanotechnology and genetic modification, which involves planning, preparing for and conducting my own research, collaborating with different groups, giving talks and writing papers.
Research, Teaching and mentoring of both Undergraduate and Post-graduate students
I am researching ways of doing the reactions Nature has evolved to do in living organisms, in a test tube instead. This will allow us to better understand the role carbohydrates play in biology, and then we can use this knowledge to create new medicines and treatments.
I study how atmospheric particles and light interact, with an aim to determine the climate impacts.
Measure greenhouse gas concentrations at monitoring sites around the UK and look at the sources and changes in the fluxes of these gases. I have also set up gas monitoring sites in the Antarctic in a previous job.
I work on various research projects relating to computational enzymology. Supervise project students, graduate students as well as some small group teaching.
Data analysis, writing, property owner, editing
Manager of research lab, responsible for maintenance and operation of over £2Million of equipment. I organise the analytical support needed for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded projects from institutions all over the UK and NI. Projects are from many other disciplines including Archaeology, Earth sciences, Geography and Life Sciences, which makes the work varied and interesting. I also manage a budget of up to £100K and supervise and train junior technicians.