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. 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.
Mr. Davide Martella