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Dr. Sandra Vranic, Lecturer in Nano-Cell Biology

Sandra obtained her BSc Degree in Molecular Biology and Physiology at the University of Belgrade, Serbia in 2007. After graduation she completed her MRes Degree in Toxicology at University Paris Diderot – Paris 7, France. She pursued her PhD in Toxicology in the Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Responses to Xenobiotics at University Paris Diderot – Paris 7, supervised by Prof Armelle Baeza and Dr Sonja Boland. She focused on interactions of manufactured engineered nanoparticles with cells, especially on the mechanisms of their internalization and subsequent cellular effects. After her PhD, Sandra obtained Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS) postdoctoral fellowship at Nagoya University and Tokyo University of Science in Japan supervised by Professor Gaku Ichihara, where she focused on the effects of silica nanoparticles on mice and Zebra fish. Sandra joined the Nanomedicine Lab in January 2015 as a Marie Curie Research Fellow under the RADDEL ITN project studying nanocapsules filled with radiometals aimed for biomedical applications in the areas of cancer diagnosis and therapy. She worked as a lead scientist in Graphene Flagship and 2D Health projects, and currently acts as a PI of EU funded Horizon 2020 project BIORIMA. In November 2018 she was appointed as Lecturer in Nano-Cell Biology. Her team aims to investigate cellular and molecular biology of graphene and other 2D materials in order to discover new therapeutic applications of these materials.