OBR made its first push into the north of the UK in September 2012 via Manchester. As Manchester is an important northern UK biotechnology hub, an OBR chapter here is expected to foster further growth throughout the north by initiating new networks amongst innovative individuals and promoting further bio-enterprising with the aim to rapidly expand to the many other world-class institutions in the north of the UK.
Manchester Chapter Members
James is a second year PhD student at the University of Manchester working at the interface of chemistry and biology. Based at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, his research is focused on the development of novel RNA-based gene expression systems for synthetic biology applications. His interests are in technology transfer and biotech investing.
Joe obtained a BSc (Hons) class I in Biological sciences with 1year in industry at The University of Birmingham in 2011. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Stem Cell Biology at the University of Manchester focusing on the role of E-cadherin in embryonic stem cell pluripotency. Besides academic research he is interested in bio-entrepreneurship, marketing and public engagement.
Charlotte is an undergraduate student at the University of Manchester studying Biology and is looking to specialize further in her second year. Outside of science, she loves festivals, photography and would really like to visit Iceland.
Kathy is a third year PhD student at the University of Manchester, working as part of the Human Pain Research Group, based at the Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. Her research focuses on alleviating acute and chronic pain through EEG brain oscillatory entrainment in patients and healthy volunteers. In 2011, Kathy obtained a degree in Neuroscience BSc (Hons) from the University of Bristol. Additional interests include biotech innovation, marketing, science communication and consulting.
Peter obtained a PhD from Durham University in 2012. He is currently undertaking an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Fellowship at the University of Manchester, focusing on the development of novel luminescent biosensors based on a combination of enzymes and rare-earth upconversion nanoparticles. Besides academic research, additional interests include science communication and consulting.
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