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).

Aya Abdalla
AMC Representative
Lizzie Bolitho
Bright Sparks 2020 Organiser
Dana Druka
Bright Sparks 2020 Organiser
Lizzie Griffin
EAP 2020 Speaker Liaison
Emily Kempa
ASN Event Photography and Social Media Officer
Daniel Lester
Bright Sparks 2020 Lead Organiser
Josie Mallinson
Website Coordinator
Jack Rice
EAP 2020 Vice Chair
Website Coordinator
Harriet Walachowski
ASN Chair/Treasurer
EAP 2020 Chair
Caitlin Walton-Doyle
EAP 2020 Speaker Liaison
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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 focusses 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

Dana Druka

Dana Druka completed her MChem from the University of Aberdeen and is now working within Macpherson Group at the University of Warwick as a research assistant. Currently she is working on the research and development of boron doped diamond electrochemical sensors for a range of applications within the group. Previously she has been awarded the Carnegie Vacation Scholarship for a research project in which she independently collected rice samples from Kyrgyzstan, followed by arsenic content analysis using ICP-MS. She also completed projects in isolation and structure elucidation of natural products from dinoflagellates and phase characterisation of liquid crystals. Dana is interested in sustainable solutions and creative innovation within science and technology with emphasis on environmental applications.

Research Assistant, University of Warwick

Lizzie Griffin

Lizzie is currently a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen, working as part of the Trace Element Speciation Laboratory (TESLA) and the Institute of Medical Sciences. The focus of her research is the quantification of trace elements and phosphoproteins in tissue samples using chromatographic and mass spectrometric methods. This research is being carried out as part of a Europe wide project investigating the role of metals and metal containing biomolecules in neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s Disease. Lizzie graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a degree in Chemistry in 2016. During her time at Sheffield Hallam, Lizzie completed a summer studentship jointly funded by the RSC, BMSS and Chromatographic Society. The focus of this research was analysis of metalloproteins in dried blood spots by SEC-HPLC-ICPMS; this research was continued and formed the basis of her undergraduate thesis. Since entering research, Lizzie has been involved in several public outreach events, promoting science to school students and the general public through events organised by the RSC and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

PhD Researcher, University of Aberdeen

Emily Kempa

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. Emily is now undertaking a PhD in the Barran group at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology. Her project focuses 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.

PhD Researcher, University of Manchester

Daniel Lester

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

Josie Mallinson

Josie is currently completing her Masters in Research looking at the bacterial degradation of environmental DNA in fresh water systems at the University of the West of England, where she also obtained her degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science in 2018.

Postgraduate Researcher, University of the West of England

Jack Rice

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

Harriet Walachowski

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

Caitlin Walton-Doyle

Caitlin completed her Chemistry degree (BSc) at University College London in 2016. She subsequently worked at the University of Bristol in the Organic Geochemistry Unit as a Research Analyst studying lipids in archaeological pottery. She worked on the NeoMilk Project, analysing Neolithic pottery using various techniques including GC-MS and GC-C-IRMS. Caitlin is currently a second year PhD student in the Barran Group at the University of Manchester. Her research is focussed on metabolomics and small molecules by mass spectrometry. Her project is on sebum based biomarkers of Parkinson’s Disease using techniques such as LC-MS and Thermal Desorption-GC-MS.

PhD Researcher, University of Manchester

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