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  • Professor Anna Norrby-Teglund, Medical Microbial Pathogenesis, Karolinska Institute, Sweden. Professor Norrby-Teglund studies the mechanisms contributing to severe cases of acute streptococcal and staphylococcal infection – responsible for diseases such as scarlet fever and pneumonia – to help develop targeted treatments. She is the coordinator of the EU-funded project INFECT, which is gaining insight into infections that destroy soft tissue. INFECT’s goals are to identify host and bacterial traits that det
  • Dr Diana Garcia-Alonso, Materials Engineer, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. Dr Garcia-Alonso’s primary research interest is surface engineering. After her PhD at Dublin City University, Dr Garcia-Alonso moved from biomedical to energy research. Her current postdoctoral fellowship is on the deposition of ultra-thin films for solar cell applications. During her career she has received funding from three EU Marie Curie Actions. ‘The research for my Master’s thesis was conducted in Argentin
  • Professor Silvia Giordani, Senior Researcher, Istituto Italiano di Technologia, Italy. Professor Giordani, a 2012 L'Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Fellowship winner, was supported by Marie Curie Fellowships to study various aspects of nanotechnology as a postdoctoral fellow at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and at the University of Trieste, Italy. As a senior researcher at the Istituto Italiano di Technologia, Italy, Prof. Giordani is conducting research to help find ways to use nanomaterials in medical tr
  • Dr Claire Rind, Zoologist, Centre for Behaviour and Evolution, Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, UK. Dr Rind is using locusts to inspire a robotic technology that could have a major impact on car safety. This is because locusts are experts at avoiding collisions. ‘My work on artificial collision systems for navigation is based on circuits in the brain of the species Locusta migratoria. The small Khepera robot, with its hemispherical lens and video camera, is the test bed for my team’s designs
  • Professor Maarja Kruusmaa, Computer Engineer, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. Professor Kruusmaa is head of the Centre for Biorobotics at the Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. The centre is an interdisciplinary site for conducting research and development in science and technology. Prof. Kruusmaa also coordinates the EU-funded FILOSE project, which is working on an underwater robot, or ‘yellow submarine’, that mimics the behaviour of fish and their interaction with their environment. © J
  • Dr Marie-Hélène Mathon, Metallurgy and Special Materials, Laboratoire Léon Brillouin, CEA-CNRS, France. At the Laboratoire Léon Brillouin, research is carried out on the structure and dynamics of condensed matter using neutron beams. Dr Mathon uses a neutron diffractometer to study the organisation of crystallites that have undergone extensive mechanical deformation. The aim is to identify how the crystallites respond to the different types of strain applied. This knowledge can then be used to improve under
  • Nirupama Ramanathan, Applied Biotechnologist , European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Germany. Ramanathan, a predoctoral fellow, is part of the Merten Group at EMBL, where she conducts research into microfluidics, a technology that brings together the disciplines of biology, chemistry and engineering. The team is working to develop a microfluidic toolbox for biomedical, cellular, and genomic applications. ‘I would like that the method we are developing is useful for making quicker advances in regener
  • Dr Tamar Lok, Animal Ecology, University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Dr Lok studies the demographic consequences of long-distance migration. She is conducting fieldwork on a breeding colony of spoonbills on the Wadden Sea island of Schiermonnikoog, the Netherlands. The researchers equip spoonbills with colour bands, and with GPS loggers and satellite transmitters, to be able to follow them throughout their lives. The objective is to understand their migratory behaviour and estimate the associated surviva
  • Professor Pratibha Gai, Electron Microscopy, University of York, UK. ‘I saw for the first time, atoms working in chemical reactions,’ explained Professor Gai, on presenting the revolutionary microscope that she created. The instrument enables researchers to observe, with the human eye, atoms in action during chemical reactions. Gai’s microscope paves the way for the development of new medicines and environmentally beneficial sources of energy. Prof. Gai is the co-director of the York JEOL Nanocentre at the