Lab news


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.


Kostas and Cyrill meet HRH Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

duke-graphene-carThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the University on 14th October 2016. As part of this visit, they visited the National Graphene Institute to learn more about graphene research and its uses. Prof Kostas Kostarelos and Dr Cyrill Bussy were involved in showcasing the biomedical applications currently under development at the University within the framework of the European Graphene Flagship Project. Learn more about the visit here.


Kostas featured in ‘A Random Walk’

Prof Kostas Kostarelos is featured in ‘A Random Walk’, a photographic project within the National Graphene Institute (NGI). This is a collection of images that can be viewed by the public at ground level within the NGI. More information about this project can be found here.


Nanomedicine Lab at NoWCADD Project Event

nowcaddSeveral group members attended the NoWCADD (The North West Centre for Advanced Drug Delivery) Project Event at the Museum of Science and Industry on September 23rd 2016. Prof Kostarelos and Zahraa Al-Ahmady both presented research updates in the main meeting. In the following open poster session, presentations were provided by Dhifaf Jasim, Mariarosa Mazza, Maurizio Buggio and Zahraa Al-Ahmady.


Nanomedicine Lab at The Inaugural UK Regenerative Medicine Conference

cgt_blue_cellgene_rgb_exclusion PrintDhifaf Jasim, Tom Kisby and Irene de Lazaro attended and presented posters at The Inaugural UK Regenerative Medicine Conference in London on 20th and 21st September 2016. This conference was organised by Cell Therapy Catapult and the UK Regenerative Medicine platform (UKRMP).


Dhifaf attended Advances in Bioimaging

Dhifaf Jasim attended the Advances in Bio-imaging conference organised by the Physiological Society. This was held at the University of Warwick on the 8th-11th August 2016.