Lab news


Nanomedicine Lab at UoM Community Festival

The University held its first Community Festival on 17th June, inviting local residents to come into the University, meet researchers, and to take part in some exciting and informative events. The Nanomedicine lab had a range of interactive table-top activities  to demonstrate “Using Tiny Materials to Treat Diseases”. These activities included microscopes to view cells and 2D printed inks, a circulatory system showing how graphene oxide can be filtered through some organs and trapped by other, and jelly brains for kids to inject to get a feel for the real work undertaken by the Nanomedicine lab.


We had great interaction from visitors, and as we were beside the Graphene CDT stand, we were able to link the creation of our nanomaterials to their possible biological uses very effectively. With more outreach opportunities coming throughout the year, the Nanomedicine lab now has a range of activities we can use to help bring our research to a much wider audience. (Report by Sinead Savage)



Sinead graduates

Congratulations to Sinead Savage on graduating from Imperial College, London.


Sinead is ‘Making a Difference’

Sinead Savage attended the ‘Making a Difference Awards’ lunch for her involvement in advancing public understanding of animal research. In a project led by the animal unit at the University, she was one of a number of researchers who openly discussed her work to provide better insight into Parkinson’s disease, and to encourage the open discussion of the use of animals in research. Read more about the project led by the animal unit here.


‘Making a Difference Awards’ recognise and celebrate the achievements of University staff, students, alumni and external partners that make a impact on society.


Mariarosa, Dhifaf and Sandra attend CLINAM

Group members Mariarosa Mazza, Dhifaf Jasim and Sandra Vranic attended CLINAM, which was held in Basel, Switzerland on the 7th to 10th May 2017. Dhifaf gave a presentation on “Effects of extensive glomerular filtration of graphene oxide on Kidney: in vivo and in vitro effects”. Mariarosa presented “Near Infra-red (NIR) nanoprobes for tracking of human mesenchymal stromal cells after implantation” and Sandra presented “Graphene oxide as a 2-D platform for the intracellular delivery of siRNA”.




Kostas and Marilena attend the 23rd ACS conference

Prof Kostas Kostarelos and Marilena Hadjidemetriou attended the 23rd American Chemical Society (ACS) conference. This was held in San Francisco, California on the 2nd to 6th April 2017. Marilena gave three oral presentations and one poster presentation titled “in vivo protein corona and its potential exploitation for cancer biomarker discovery”.


Using the CytoSMARTTM system to assess nanosafety-biocompatibility

Cyrill Bussy was recently featured in an article on the Lonza website regarding the use of the CytoSMART TM System to assess nanosafety-biocompatibility. Cyrill used this system to visualise in-vitro cell response to graphene oxide exposure, which helps to assess the impact of graphene derivatives in wound healing. Read more about the article here.


Cyrill and Zahraa attend the New Tools and Approaches for Nanosafety Assessment Conference

Cyrill Bussy and Zahraa Al-Ahmady attended the conference ‘New Tools and Approaches for Nanosafety Assessment’. This was held in Malaga, Spain on the 7th – 9th February 2017. Zahraa gave an oral presentation on ‘Size Dependent Internalisation Profile of PEGylated Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes and the Impact of Protein Adsorption’ and also presented a poster ‘Preparation and Characterization of Functionalized Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes’.


Leon, our NOWNANO PhD student, is interviewed about studying graphene in the body

Nearing the end of his PhD, Graphene NOWNANO student, Leon Newman talks about his experience in the doctoral training programme.

More details from the National Graphene Institute website:

Coming to the end of a Graphene PhD


Chris receives award from IMechE for his studies in Barcelona

Chris has been awarded a Skills Development CPD Award by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) to support part of his costs whilst working with our collaborators at the Institut Catala de Nanociencia i Nanotecnologia in Barcelona. Well done!


Yein presents and wins travel award for the joint ESGCT/ISSCR conference in Italy

Yein attended ‘Changing the face of modern medicine: stems cells and gene therapy’, a joint conference organised by the European Society for Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT) and the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR). This was held in Florence, Italy on the 18th-21st October 2016. Yein gave an oral presentation and two poster presentations.  Her abstract was selected for an ESGCT Travel Award as one of the top 10 abstracts submitted. She also won a competition for public engagement during the conference for her tweets.