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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).


We are looking for new committee members, if you are interested or have any queries please contact us!

Committee profiles

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Joan Josep Soldevila Berreda received his B.S.c in Chemistry at Universitat de Barcelona (Spain) in 2010. From 2010 to 2014 he obtained his Ph.D. in Inorganic and Medicinal Chemistry from Warwick University (U.K.) under the supervision of Prof. Peter J. Sadler. He obtained an IAS early career fellowship (2014–2015) from Warwick University to conduct postdoctoral research at Prof. Peter J. Sadler’s laboratory.


In 2015, he joined Prof. Nils Metzler-Nolte’s group at Ruhr University Bochum (Germany) as an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellow. He went back to the UK in 2018 as a postdoctoral research assistant at Dr. Nicolas Barry group at the University of Bradford. He is currently working in Biosynth as a team leader in the QC department.

Team Leader, BioSynth UK

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As a research fellow at the Institute of Developmental Sciences at University of Southampton, Dakshat applies biological mass spectrometry led metabolomics approaches within the area of human development and health. 

Dakshat has a PhD in Biological Chemistry from the University of Manchester. Dakshat also holds a postgraduate degree in Forensic Science from King’s College, London & a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from Middlesex University, London. Dakshat's latest research interests include metabolic diseases, personalised nutrition, precision medicine, and healthy ageing. He has experience in population studies, mass spectrometry and vibrational spectroscopic analyses, and large-scale data analysis. Dakshat is keen on promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion within academia. 

Research Fellow, Human Health and Development, University of Southampton

Teena Rajan, Analytical Science Network (ASN) Committee Member

Currently a project engineer at Warwick Manufacturing Group at the University of Warwick. Teena completed her PhD in Electrochemistry under the supervision of Prof. Julie Macpherson at the University of Warwick. Her PhD focused on the application of boron doped diamond electrodes for sensing in biological environments, which involved developing a BDD electrode with lasered regions of sp2-carbon with surface quinone terminations (BDD-Q), that can undergo proton coupled transfer, and therefore is pH-sensitive. Teena’s current research focuses on the characterisation of cathode and anode materials, and their electrochemical testing for battery applications. In her spare time, Teena enjoys travelling, hiking, and recently bouldering!

Project Engineer, Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick

Harriet Walachowski, Analytical Science Network (ASN) Committee Member

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. After completing her teacher training in 2018 Harriet worked as a Chemistry teacher at a top-performing grammar school in Essex before moving to a boarding school in Suffolk in September 2020.

Teacher of Chemistry, Culford School

Ellen is a third year PhD Student in Chemistry at the University of Manchester. She is currently investigating viruses using mass spectrometry, looking at both pathogenic viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 as well as gene therapy vector viruses such as AAVs.

Prior to this she completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology at the University of Sheffield with a year in industry at GSK. She then went on to work at biopharma company Pharmaron, who now partly fund her PhD along with the BBSRC.

PhD Student, University of Manchester

Dr. Emily Kempa, Analytical Science Network (ASN) Committee Member

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.

Senior Analytical Scientist, AstraZeneca

Sahand Shams

Sahand attained his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Shahrekord University, Iran. In 2021, he joined Dr Muhamadali and Professor Roy Goodacre’s research group at the University of Liverpool.


He is currently a 3rd year PhD student at the Centre for Metabolomics Research (CMR) and his PhD research is focused on the application of metabolomics and molecular imaging techniques for a deeper understanding of antimicrobial resistance in bacterial communities. Sahand hopes to contribute to the development of innovative solutions to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance.

PhD researcher, University of Liverpool

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Raisa is a Scientist in the LC-MS bioanalysis department at Resolian’s Fordham site, where she has worked for two years. She works on the validation of small molecule assays, and subsequent analysis of samples in GxP regulated studies. She is interested in furthering her skills in the development of analytical methods, as well as the project management of studies.


She studied Forensic Science at Nottingham Trent University, UK, and achieved a BSc (Hons). She also won the award for the Best BSc Forensic Science student

Scientist, Resolian UK

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