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Dr. Michelle Ntola, Research Associate

Michelle obtained her BEng in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London in 2011. She then pursued a PhD in Chemistry and Biological Sciences at Durham University. Her PhD studies, in collaboration with Procter & Gamble, focused on the development and characterisation of novel encapsulation and triggered-release systems for delivery of cleaning product actives, as well as probing their interactions with solid-supported lipid membranes. After her PhD, Michelle worked on a short postdoctoral project supervised by Professor Ritu Kataky and Professor Karl Coleman, focusing on development of graphene-based flexible electrodes, assembling them into solid-state supercapacitors for biosensor applications and characterising their energy storage properties and charge-discharge behaviour. She then took up a position in industry for a year as a Formulation Scientist at Tangerine Holdings in Lancashire, UK, developing liquid and solid-dose nutraceuticals and care products for animals. After this, she returned to academia by joining the Nanomedicine Lab in November 2018 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Graphene Biopolymer Chemistry of the Graphene Flagship and the BIORIMA H2020 EU funded projects. She is currently working on the development and characterisation of graphene derivatives for biomedical applications.