THE COMMITTEE

All our committee members are honourary, made up from early career analytical scientists from both industry and academia. We aim to promote analytical science to a wide audience through the organisation of conferences, symposia and networking events, with a strong focus of Continued Professional Development (CPD).

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Aya Abdalla
Aya Abdalla

AMC Representative Bursaries Assistant

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Lizzie Bolitho
Lizzie Bolitho

Bright Sparks 2020 Organiser Bursaries and Sponsorship

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Emily Kempa
Emily Kempa

ASN Event Photography Social Media Officer Secretary

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Daniel Lester
Daniel Lester

Bright Sparks 2020 Lead Organiser Bursaries and Sponsorship

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Josie Mallinson
Josie Mallinson

Website Coordinator

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Teena Rajan
Teena Rajan

Speaker Liaison Advertising and Social Media

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Jack Rice
Jack Rice

EAP 2020 Vice Chair ADC Representative

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Harriet Walachowski
Harriet Walachowski

ASN Chair/Treasurer EAP 2020 Chair

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PROFILES

Aya Abdalla

Aya Abdalla is a Research Fellow at the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, working with Dr. Bhavik Patel and Dr. Melanie Flint on developing electrochemical probes to elucidate the role of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species in the pathophysiology of breast cancer. After obtaining her Ph.D. in 2018, and in an attempt to escape the stifling heat of South Carolina, Aya decided to move to Brighton, which is known for its pleasant weather year round. Alongside her research, she is also tremendously passionate about teaching. Aya Abdalla earned her two Bachelor degrees; Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the American University of Sharjah after which she travelled to the United States to complete her Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina with Dr. Parastoo Hashemi. There she worked on a wide range of projects including the development of a novel tool to monitor the ambient levels of serotonin in vivo and in real time. Alongside her research, she is also tremendously passionate about teaching and outreach.

Research Fellow, University of Brighton

Lizzie Bolitho

Lizzie is a currently a third year PhD student at the University of Warwick and Diamond Light Source (the UK’s synchrotron radiation facility) working in the field of metals in medicine. Lizzie’s research focuses a variety of different heavy metal anticancer complexes: from osmium catalysts to iridium photodynamic complexes and photoactivatable platinum chemotherapeutics. Moreover, Lizzie investigates the in-cell mechanisms of action of these novel anticancer agents using synchrotron techniques, including structure illumination microscopy, x-ray tomography, x-ray fluorescence and x-ray absorption spectroscopy, in addition to ICP-MS. Lizzie completed her undergraduate BSc in Chemistry with Biomedicine at King’s College London in 2014, and has been involved in numerous outreach events as a STEM ambassador, including volunteering at the Summer Science Exhibition (Royal Society, July 2019) and the British Science Festival (University of Warwick). Additionally, she is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), the Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry (SBIC), the British Science Association (BSA) and the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) campaign.

PhD Researcher, University of Warwick

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Emily completed her degree in Chemistry with Industrial Experience (MChem) at the University of Manchester in 2016. During her industrial experience year at Intertek Pharmaceutical Services Manchester, Emily worked within the GCMS team, developing methods to identify and quantify trace impurities in both industrial and consumer products. After her undergraduate degree, Emily undertook a PhD in the Barran group at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology. Her project focused upon coupling droplet microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip technologies to a range of different mass spectrometers for the high throughput analysis of synthetic biology targets. She now works at AstraZeneca as an analytical scientist and supports the manufacture of drug substances for use in clinical trials. Her role sees her develop methods for new active pharmaceutical ingredients using a wide range of analytical techniques. Emily has been a member of the committee since 2017 and enjoys chemistry outreach in her spare time.

Analytical Scientist, AstraZeneca

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Dan studied Chemistry with Management Studies (MChem) at the University of Sussex. He then went on to complete his PhD at the same university with Qiao Chen and John Turner on metal oxide photocatalysts, sponsored by PpTek in West Sussex (now owned by Parker Hannifin). After a brief sabbatical Dan joined the University of Warwick in 2014 as a research technician. Dan and his instruments then moved on and joined the Research Technology Platform as Manager of the newly formed Warwick Polymer Analysis Facility. Dan spends the majority of his time working with complex instrumentation and data analysis, bridging the gap between academia and industry. His list of instrument specialisation contains too many acronyms to mention, but he is often nick-named GPC-Dan by his peers, and regularly runs specialist training courses in that area.

Dan is also the organiser and host of The Polymer Club, an annual event aimed at developing relationships between industrial and academic polymer scientists.

He is also a proud supporter of The Technician Commitment to promote the progression of technicians with universities.

Manager, Warwick Polymer Analysis Facility

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Josie studied her Undergraduate degree in Ecology and Conservation Science at the University of the West of England and completed her Master's in Research in Applied Sciences in 2020 at the same institution. Her Master's research focused on the degradation of environmental DNA in aquatic systems, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of her project utilised a systematic review with meta-analysis in R.

Currently, she is working as an IAM Data Technician for Landmark Information Group Ltd, where she analyses GIS address data.

IAM Data Technician, Landmark Information Group Ltd.

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Teena is a final year PhD student on the Diamond Science and Technology CDT program at the University of Warwick under the supervision of Prof. Julie Macpherson. Teena’s research focuses on the application of boron doped diamond electrodes for sensing in biological environments. Our group has developed a BDD electrode with lasered regions of sp2-carbon containing quinone terminations (BDD-Q), that can undergo proton coupled transfer, and therefore is pH-sensitive. My recent work, which was a great collaboration with Prof. Bhavik Patel, focusing on the application of BDD-Q electrodes in the upper gastrointestinal tract of a mouse, and tracking the pH changes observed in different regions from the oesophagus to the duodenum in real-time.

PhD Researcher, University of Warwick

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Jack is a final year PhD student at the University of Bath, where he also obtained his Masters degree in chemistry in 2014. As part of his degree Jack spent a year working for GSK in a quality assurance role, with a focus on supporting manufacturing activities and method validation using UV-HPLC. Jack’s Masters Thesis examined the relationship between chirality and degradation of ephedrines in river water, using chiral-HPLC coupled to mass spectrometry. His PhD research looks at applying wastewater-based epidemiology to mass spectrometry based proteomics, with an interest in analysing proteins of infectious disease and inflammation using UHPLC-MS.

PhD Researcher, University of Bath

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Harriet completed her degree in Forensic Science from the University of Central Lancashire in 2012 followed by a 10 week internship looking at the effect of bacterial LPS on human bone cells in vitro. She subsequently completed an MSc in research titled “Next generation anti-microbial agents; development of novel quaternary indolene salts” at the University of Central Lancashire in 2014.From September 2014 to December 2015 Harriet was employed in the supplements team at LGC in Fordham analysing nutritional supplements and feeds for prohibited substances in sport, using SPE, liquid-liquid extraction, LCMS and GCMS. From January 2016 to August 2017, she worked in the drug development services at LGC. In this department she was involved in the sample analysis of pre-clinical and clinical samples using LC-MS/MS based methods. After being heavily involved in the school liaison committee especially the organisation and running of the work experience, she decided to put her passion for teaching into a career. In September 2018, Harriet took up the position as a chemistry teacher and is currently completing her NQT year in a school in Essex.

Analytical Scientist, LGC