Dr. Ciro Chiappini
I am Lecturer in Nanomaterials and Biointerfaces at King’s College London since 2016. My research blends nanotechnology, bioengineering and cell biology to develop functional materials that direct cell behaviour. I was Marie Curie Fellow and Newton International Fellow at Imperial College London from 2011 until 2016, and I hold a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2018 I was awarded an ERC Starting Grant. I authored more than 30 publications with over 2000 citations and I hold an international patent.
Dr. Valeria Caprettini
I joined the Chiappini Lab to exploit 3D nanotechnology for addressing cells behaviour and stem cell differentiation by engineering their environment. I did my PhD in Bioengineering and Robotics with focus in bio-nanotechnology at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in Genoa, Italy. During the Phd I studied the interface between cultured cells and multifunctional three-dimensional nanostructured surfaces with several applications, such as opto- and electro-poration, drug delivery, recording of action potentials and spectroscopic analysis. I received my BSc in Physics and my MSc in Physics of the biosystems at Sapienza – University of Rome, Italy with the thesis “Synthesis and Characterization of Virus-Like Nanoparticles”.
Dr. Martti Kaasalainen
I’m a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. I’m focused on biomaterials fabrication, characterization, and their utilization in biomedical and pharmaceutical applications. I did my PhD in Prof. Jarno Salonen’s group in University of Turku, Finland. I studied the characterization of porous silicon nanoparticles, more specifically, the fabrication of these nanoparticles and light scattering methods for their characterization. During my PhD studies I took actively part in several collaborative projects with Prof. Helder Santos in University of Helsinki, Finland. I have in total 26 publication from which three I have first-authored. After my PhD, I worked a year in a biotech startup company called Medicortex Finland Oy developing a diagnostic device for traumatic brain injury.
Dr. Michael Vanden Oever
I went to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for my undergraduate degree in Microbiology. Afterwards, I worked as a research assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Jin-Young Han at the University of Minnesota where I studied the influence of Herpes Simplex Virus on the immune system. I then joined the MICaB Ph.D. program where I worked in the laboratory of Dr. Jakub Tolar. My thesis research focused on understanding and treating the rare genetic skin disorder Epidermolysis Bullosa. As a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Chiappini Lab, my work focuses on using nano-material based gene delivery strategies for the treatment of genetic skin conditions.
Ms. Mary Okesola
I completed my BSc (Hons) Bioscience degree at University of Suffolk and went on to study the MSc Immunology at King’s College London. Following this, I remained at King’s as a Research Assistant in translational tumour immunology where I worked on a preclinical Cancer Research UK project to establish pharmacodynamic markers for the use of a novel small molecule inhibitor in combination with chemotherapy. I joined the Chiappini lab in October 2017 as a PhD student, my project aims to develop nanoscale approaches to regulate the phenotype of stem cells for the engineering of mini-livers.
Ms. Sarah Aliko
I completed my BSc (Hons) in Molecular Biology at the University of Edinburgh, where I optimised a protocol for generating and purifying fluorescent fission yeast tubulin, for use in studies of in vitro microtubule nucleation. I joined the Chiappini Lab in February as a rotation PhD student. My project aims at creating stable GCamP6-expressing IPSc-derived neural progenitor cells, stimulated with a nano-bionic interface, for the study of neuronal network development
Mr. Davide Martella