Lab news | 2015


Dr Ania Jolly presents at the Alumni Association’s Annual London Dinner



Dr Ania Jolly gave an talk on graphene and its biomedical applications at The University of Manchester’s Alumni Association’s Annual Dinner held at the Royal Society in London. The event was hosted by the University’s President and Vice Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell at the end of November 2015 and was attended by University alumni and guests, many of whom are generous donors to the University.

Zahraa makes impact at the NCRI Cancer Conference

ZA NCRIZahraa presented two posters at the NCRI Cancer Conference in Liverpool (November, 2015). Her poster presentations presented research work from her PhD on the design of temperature-sensitive vesicles to deliver cancer drugs specifically and controllably at the tumour site using external hyperthermia.







Kostas meets President Xi Jinping of China

CR_5UCLXIAAN4dpAs part of the historical visit of President Xi in Manchester, Kostas was one of the faculty that hosted President Xi Jinping, George Osborne and their delegations @ the National Graphene Institute. Kostas showcased to President Xi the biomedical applications of graphene (in the photo next to Kostas is George Osborne, Kostya Novoselov, President Xi and Nancy Rothwell).


Cyrill is interviewed on graphene safety for National Graphene Institute

graphene-blog-banner1920x192The safety of graphene is a key aspect of development towards adoption in mass scale applications. To find out where we stand on this hot topic the National Graphene Institute interviewed Cyrill and includes this conversation on their blog update. You can read this here.


Irene leads the way with a Graphene Seminar for the Society for Spanish Researchers in the UK

SRUKIrene, the Director of the Northwest Constituency for the Society of Spanish Researchers in the UK, lead a seminar on “Graphene: the science behind and the applications ahead” on the 3rd October.

Over 40 people attended the Seminar, held at the Instituto Cervantes last Saturday.

Senior lecturer Cyrill Bussy also gave a talk about his work in our lab, directly relating to the biomedical applcations of graphene and the approach of our lab.


Nanomedicine Lab contributes to European Researcher Night

msca-highlightsA large contingency from the Nanomedicine Lab including: Cyrill, Mariarosa (Social Responsibility for Tissue Injury and Repair), Irene, Zahraa (NoWCADD), Melissa (Presidential Doctoral Scholar), Chris (CDT Regenerative Medicine), Marilena (Marie Skłodowska Curie early career fellow), Leon (CDT NOWNano), and Filipe (CDT Graphene NOWNANO) participated in the event @ Manchester Museum. Visitors enjoyed hands-on activities using thermo-responsive liposomes, magnetic iron nanoparticles, a variety of nanomaterial suspensions (carbon nanotubes, graphene, gold nanoparticles), brain tissue histology slides, stem cells cards and many others. European Researcher Night is an initiative of the European Commission funded as a Marie Skłodowska Curie action.


Sandra talks at the Nanobioapp2015 conference


Sandra was invited to talk at the Nanobioapp2015 conference, held in Barcelona from 21 – 23 September 2015.

Sandra’s presentation “Cellular uptake and toxicity of metal-filled multi-walled carbon nanotubes” was delivered on the 22nd September as part of the RADDEL project’s satellite workshop.



Nanomedicine Lab close collaborator wins prestigious ACS Nano award

nano_header_aug11Prof Maurizio Prato, a long-term collaborator of our Lab won the ACS Nano Lectureship Award for 2015. The ACS Nano lectureship awards honor the contributions of scientists whose work has significantly impacted the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology. The award was presented at the ChinaNano 2015 meeting in Beijing, China on 5th September where Maurizio gave a lecture. Well deserved!


Irene talks at the EMBO Conference – Cell therapy today

logo_EMBOIrene presented the talk on her in vivo reprogramming to pluripotency work at the EMBO Conference: Cell Therapy Today. This year’s conference was held in Manchester on September 9-12 and focused on the advances in the translation of current stem cell research into the clinic.



Mariarosa and Marilena talk at the 6th Annual APS Conference

Mariarpharmsci_logo_2015osa was invited for an oral presentation and Marilena’s abstract was selected for oral presentation at the 6th Academy of Pharmaceutical Science (APS) and PharmSci International Conference held in Nottingham between 7-9 September 2015.


Filipe & Leon present their work in the NOWNano and GrapheneNOWNano CDT Summer School in Windsor

NownanoThe Windsor Summer School featured the latest progress on the science and applications of graphene and related 2D nanomaterials. Between 27th July and 1st August, Mr Leon Newman (2nd year) and Mr Filipe Rodrigues (1st year) among PhD students from several UK universities (Lancaster, Manchester, Cambridge) and some from abroad had the opportunity to network and establish new relationships and collaborations at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park.


Mariarosa talks and chairs session at this year’s CRS Annual Meeting in Scotland

crs_logoMariarosa (Research Fellow in Nanomedicine) was invited to give a research highlight talk and to chair the Brain Delivery Session at the 42nd Controlled Release Society Annual Meeting and Exposition in Edinburgh.


Kostas strengthens ties between UoM and A*STAR Institute in Singapore

AStar-logoKostas was part of a delegation from the University of Manchester and was invited to give a talk during the A*STAR – Manchester Symposium organised in Singapore between 21-23 July.  The primary goal of the Symposium was to re-enforce and widen the existing links Manchester and A*STAR through the Manchester-A*STAR PhD Programme. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply!


Chris receives Exceptional Student Performance Award

Chris with main supervisor Dr Cyrill Bussy receiving the award from Dr Matthew Hardman, CDT Deputy Director

Christopher Bullock, having started his PhD with the Nanomedicine Lab a few months ago, won the award for ‘Exceptional Student Performance’ for the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) taught component in 2015. Chris was presented with the award at the EPSRC-MRC CDT in Regenerative Medicine day. Great way to complete the taught element of the programme and fully embark on research!


Graphene Weekend Experiments at the Manchester Museum of Science & Industry

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Dr Neus Valdes (Manchester) and Dr Mattia Bramini (IIT, Genova) with a gigantic carbon nanotube

To celebrate the end of Graphene Week 2015, the Museum of Science and Industry held the Experimental Weekender (26th-28th June) assisted by Leon Newman, Filipe Rodriguez, Christopher Bullock and Cyrill Bussy from the Nanomedicine Lab. This three-day festival aimed at bringing Manchester’s revolutionary 2-D material to life. Friday kicked off with an adult-only evening titled “The Friday Experiment”, including show-stopping performances from Circus House Manchester- a professional troupe of acrobatic performers and the National Graphene Institute’s Composer in Residence Sara Lowes and her six piece movement “Graphene Suite” inspired by the relationship between science and music.


Zahraa and Cyrill talk at the Manchester Biomaterials Showcase in Alderley Park

BIOHUBTwo of our members were invited to give talks at the Manchester Biomaterials Showcase on June 23rd. Dr. Zahraa Al-ahmady spoke about The North West Centre for Advanced Drug Delivery, the exciting new collaboration between AstraZeneca, Manchester Pharmacy School and the Nanomedicine Lab. Dr. Cyrill Bussy delivered a thought-provoking talk on ‘Graphene: the last zeitgeist in biomaterials’.


Ania and Cyrill present at the Graphene Industry Workshop


Dr Ania Servant and Dr Cyrill Bussy were selected to host a talk on the development of graphene and its potential biomedical applications on June 22nd.
The workshop was organised by the National Graphene Institute and the Business Growth Hub.


Irene is voted new Vice-Chair (2017) and Chair (2019) for the Gordon Research Seminars in Tissue Repair & Regeneration

Gordon Research SeminarsMs Irene de Lazaro was selected for a talk during the Gordon Research Seminar: Tissue Repair and Regeneration held in Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH, USA. During this year’s seminar she was elected Vice-Chair for the same seminar in 2017 and will act as Chair of the seminar that will take place in 2019. Irene will be responsible with the scientific content and overall logistical organisation of the seminar, including selection of keynote speakers, and will be looking forward to welcoming colleagues at Colby College!


Irene wins Best Poster Prize at the Wellcome Trust Conference “The Biology of Regenerative Medicines”

wellcometrustIrene presented two pieces from her thesis work and received the Best Poster Prize awarded by the Faculty of 1000. She also presented an oral communication and was awarded a Wellcome Trust Bursary to attend the meeting that took place in Cambridge from 22–24 April.


Zahraa wins Best Poster at UKICRS

UKICRSZahraa was awarded best poster prize for her poster at the UKICRS Symposium held in Nottingham between 16-17 April 2015.


Mariarosa selected to talk at the UKICRS 2015 Symposium

Mariarosa was selected to give a talk on her work at the UKICRSUKICRS Symposium held in Nottingham between 16-17 April 2015




Cyrill wins Best Poster Prize in Helsinki

Cyrill wins Best Poster Prize at the  second “International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies” SENN2015 held at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health in Helsinki, Finland.




Marilena first-ever talk at the 2015 SENN Congress

Marilena presents her first talk at an international congress on “International Congress on Safety of Engineered Nanoparticles and Nanotechnologies” SENN2015 in Helsinki, Finland.SENN2015-1


Leon talks at Graphene2015 in Bilbao

Leon gives his first-ever oral presentation at one of the largest European events on Graphene and 2D Materials in Bilbao, Spain.



Congratulations to Zahraa for becoming NoWCADD Research Fellow between the Nanomedicine Lab and the Manchester Pharmacy School


Zahraa with this Fellowship will link the Nanomedicine Lab with the Astra-Zeneca/University of Manchester North-West Centre for Advanced Drug Delivery.


Popular science talk titled ‘Honey I shrunk the doctor!’ given at the Hub Science in Athens, Greece



The Hub Science invited Kostas for a public outreach lecture on the use of nanotechnology in Medicine, focusing on the ethical dilemmas that often surround its practice.



Zahraa creates an impact at the NCRI Cancer Conference

ZA NCRIZahraa presented two posters at the NCRI Cancer Conference in Liverpool (November, 2015). Zahraa’s posters were concerned with the design of temperature sensitive vesicles to deliver cancer drugs specifically at the tumour site, using external hyperthermia technology to 42 °C.



The studies gained wide national publicity, below are some of the links to the press release:

BBC                           The Times                          Daily Mail