Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Dr. Hanene Ali-Boucetta | Dr. Neus Lozano Valdes | Dr. Laura Methven | Dr. Ania Servant | Dr. Tzu-Wen Wang

Dr. Hanene Ali-Boucetta, Mapltethorpe Research and Teaching Fellow
Hanene obtained her MPharm (Hons) Degree (first class) at the School of Pharmacy, University of London. In October 2006, Hanene joined the Nanomedicine Laboratory for a PhD for which her research focused on elucidating the important and critical parameters in carbon nanotube pharmacokinetics and toxicology and establishing effective CNT nanovectors for cancer therapeutics. She was awarded a scholarship for her studies by the Ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique, Algeria. Upon completion of her PhD, Hanene was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the University of London in 2010 and remained in the Nanomedicine Laboratory as a C W Maplethorpe Research and Teaching Fellow working on the engineering of carbon nanotubes as multimodal modalities for cancer therapy.

Dr. Neus Lozano Valdes, Research Fellow
Neus obtained her BSc Degree in Chemistry at the University of Barcelona, Spain in 2003. After graduating, she completed her MSc Degree at the Institute of Advanced Chemistry of Catalonia, Spanish Council for Scientific Research (IQAC-CSIC). She pursued her PhD in Chemistry at the Department of Chemical and Surfactants Technology (IQAC-CSIC) University of Barcelona supervised by Professor Aurora Piñazo and Professor Ramon Pons. This work was also performed in the Biological Research Centre, Madrid (CIB-CSIC), the Chemical Department of La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy and in the School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University, West-Lafayette, IN, USA, through a junior researcher exchange student programme. During her PhD, she focused on interactive studies of biocompatible synthetic surfactants with membrane models and their potential application in pulmonary medicine. Neus recently joined the Nanomedicine Laboratory at the School of Pharmacy as a research fellow from the Andalusian Initiative for Advanced Therapies promoted by the Regional Government of Andalusia. She is currently working on the engineering, characterization and use of hybrid liposome-nanoparticle systems for the detection, therapy and monitoring of cancer.

Dr. Laura Methven, Research Fellow
Laura obtained her BSc (Hons) Degree in Pharmacology at the University of Glasgow in 2003. During her PhD she examined alpha-1 adrenoreceptors in the mouse carotid artery. She developed a method to visualise and characterise endothelial alpha-1 adrenoreceptors, and studied the function and distribution of the receptor subtypes in vascular smooth muscle. On completion of her PhD in 2007, Laura undertook a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in the Division of Integrative and Systems Biology at the University of Glasgow. Using various in vitro experimental techniques, she employed double alpha-1 adrenoceptor knockout mice to characterise alpha-1 subtypes in several murine arteries and tissue. She joined the Nanomedicine Laboratory to establish in vivo models of cardiovascular disease to study the early detection of stroke.

Dr. Ania Servant, Research Fellow
Ania obtained her BSc Degree in Physical Sciences at the Denis Diderot University (Paris 7). Passing the nationwide exam to the French engineering schools, she obtained her MSc in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris (E.N.S.C.P). As part of the MSc she passed exams to complete her MSc in Polymer Chemistry at the Pierre et Marie Curie University (Paris VI). In October 2006 she started her PhD, as an early stage researcher of the Marie Curie Network at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London, where she worked on the development and characterisation of novel molecularly imprinted nanogels with catalytic activity for C-C bond formation reactions and hydrolysis reactions. Ania is currently working at the Nanomedicine Laboratory on the development of electro-responsive nanomaterials with applications for controlled drug delivery in the field of nanomedicine.

Dr. Tzu-Wen Wang, Research Fellow
Tzu-Wen obtained her BSc Degree in Biomedical Technology and her MSc in Biomedical Engineering at the National Taiwan University in 2002 and 2004. During her MSc she studied the cellular uptake of a biopolymer PAMAM as a drug delivery carrier, focusing on the effect of the positive charged structure on intracellular trafficking. She undertook her PhD in Photobiology in Cancer Therapeutics at the Department of Surgery and Interventional Science, University College London. Her doctoral research focused on the studies of Photochemical Internalisation (PCI), a technique related to Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), assigned for light-induced site-specific drug delivery. She investigated the therapeutic efficiency of PCI using a new chlorin-based photosensitiser, in combination with anti-cancer agents. Her first postdoctoral training was at the National Medical Laser Centre at University College London in 2010, undertaking a PCI project which aimed to speed up the clinical programme in head and neck cancer at the UCL Hospital using in vivo tumour models. Tzu-Wen recently joined the Nanomedicine Laboratory at the School of Pharmacy to work on in vivo biodistribution and imaging of nanomaterials and nanosystems for drug delivery.