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Alex Wakeman

Alex Wakeman

City Coordinator

I'm a PhD student at the University of Leeds researching how the genetics and biochemistry of plants affects crop yields. When I'm not talking to plants, I enjoy reading and writing in equal measures, and going for long runs in muddy places.

Chris Snowden

Chris Snowden

City Coordinator

I'm a science communicator and public engagement-er that's done a little bit of everything from teaching, to presenting, to creating science shows, to doing stand up comedy dressed as an astronaut. My current day is working with schools on their careers and helping them engage with local businesses.

Gwenllian Williams

Gwenllian Williams

Atoms to Galaxies Team Member

I’m an astrophysicist, and I specialise in the birth of stars in enormous clouds of gas in our Galaxy. I studied at Cardiff University, but now do my research at the University of Leeds. I’m a native Welsh speaker, and particularly enjoy talking about science and astronomy in Welsh.

Solomon Appekey

Solomon Appekey

Atoms to Galaxies Team Member

A master's student at the School of Physics and Astronomy (University of Leeds), studying Young Massive Stars. I am passionate about Astronomy & Space science and have a lot of experience in teaching Physics, Astronomy, Electronics, Robotics and Programming. I believe strongly that Space Science is ...

Merin Joseph

Merin Joseph

Atoms to Galaxies Team Member

I am a postgraduate researcher working in soft matter at University of Leeds. My area of research spans soft matter, polymer physics, tilings and computational modelling. The objective of my thesis is to look into the structures of the polymers and to compare them with tesselations to see if polymer...

Rose Collet

Rose Collet

Tech Me Out Team Member

I'm a first year PhD student at the University of Leeds, working on characterising patient response to chemotherapy through patient-specific tumour models. When I'm not fixing my code I enjoy climbing, running up hills and most things outdoors!

Jean-Yves Desaules

Jean-Yves Desaules

Tech Me Out Team Member

I am a PhD student in theoretical quantum physics at the University of Leeds. After completing my undergraduate studies in Switzerland, I came to the UK to do research on thermalisation in quantum systems.

Amy Barker

Amy Barker

Tech Me Out Team Member

Hello! I am a Project Manager at the University of Leeds, working within Computational Imaging & Simulation Technologies in Biomedicine (CISTIB). I love travelling, eating at fancy restaurants and spending time with my two baby girls.

Sonia Dembowska

Sonia Dembowska

Tech Me Out Team Member

I'm Sonia and I study a PhD in AI for medicine. I deal with high dimensional images over time and create methods that use them for clinical predictions. In my spare time I like to make an ungodly amount of coffee and climb (often consecutively).

Tharushi Wijesiri

Tharushi Wijesiri

Our Society Team Member

I am currently a Medical Writing and Pharmacovigilance placement student in the Centre for Drug Development at Cancer Research UK. This has really piqued my interest in early phase oncology trails and communicating research with both patients and the general public. I am in my third year of an integ...

Manon Owen

Manon Owen

Our Society Team Member

I’m a PhD student looking at how maternal diabetes during pregnancy affects outcomes for the baby. Outside of the lab, I enjoy catching up with friends, chilling out to good music and getting out of the city to go for long walks in nature!

Charlie Stevenson

Charlie Stevenson

Beaitful Mind Team Member

Hi everyone! I’m Charlie and I’m a 3rd year PhD student at the University of Leeds. My areas of research are chemical biology and medicinal chemistry; more specifically I’m trying to achieve region-specific delivery of a therapeutic molecule within a cell by enzyme localisation. My undergrad was als...

Talia Simmons

Talia Simmons

Beautful Mind Team Member

I’m a masters student studying Natural Sciences at the University of Leeds, specialising in physical chemistry and mathematics. I am currently researching the impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on teaching and learning chemistry in secondary and higher education. I have always been passionat...

Heledd Jarosz-Griffiths

Heledd Jarosz-Griffiths

Beautiful Mind Team Member

I’m a Post-Doctoral Research assistant currently investigating inflammatory processes in Cystic fibrosis. Prior to this, I worked on Alzheimer’s disease; deciphering the underlying molecular mechanisms involved the disease. I’ve always been keenly involved in communicating science to the public and ...

Madinah Dillmahomed

Madinah Dillmahomed

Beautiful Mind Team Member

I am a Masters by research student at the University of Leeds in the astrophysics group. I am from Mauritius and my time in the UK has made me realise that I actually love the sea, sand and sun. If I am not studying molecules in protoplanetary disks, I am browsing through shopping apps, baking a ban...

Beril Yanguil

Beril Yanguil

Our Body Team Member

I have a background in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. For two years, I worked as an R&D Engineer in the Materials Technologies department, where I had an opportunity to develop environmentally friendly polymer blends and did their characterisation. Currently, I'm an Early Stage Researche...

Naveen Pugazhendi

Naveen Pugazhendi

Our Body Team Member

I'm a PhD student at the University of Leeds and my research focused on developing a surface coating for a spinal implant - total disc replacement (TDR). The coating will be designed to increase the service life of the spinal implant by reducing wear and ion release, a prominent cause of implant fai...

Kit Bartlett

Kit Bartlett

Our Body Team Member

I'm a final year integrated masters student studying pharmacology at the University of Leeds. My research looks at how the age of bacterial colonies affects their properties and how this might change chronic infections. Outside of the lab I enjoy playing badminton, doing crosswords and trying to imp...

Abi Connor

Abi Connor

Our Body Team Member

I am a second year PhD student at the University of Leeds, doing research to improve the effectiveness of immunotherapy for liver cancer patients by using combination treatments and personalised therapies. I like to unwind by reading a good book and getting out for long walks in the Yorkshire countr...

Jess Payne

Jess Payne

Planet Earth Team Member

Jess is a PhD student at University of Leeds who uses satellite data to measure how fast the ground is subsiding due to groundwater extraction. She is funded by SENSE CDT who focus on delivering world-leading Earth Observation training for environmental research.

Jess is passionate about science ...

Luke Higgins

Luke Higgins

Planet Earth Team Member

EPSRC research fellow at the University of Leeds, investigating the chemistry, formation and applications of Sustainable Carbon Materials for applications in energy storage and catalysis. Originally I came from a physics background and then completed my PhD using high-energy X-ray beams to investiga...

Aaron Brown

Aaron Brown

Planet Earth Team Member

Hi, I’m Aaron, currently a research fellow at the University of Leeds investigating the extraction of sustainable bioactive compounds from seaweeds. I originally have a background in biology and have recently completed my PhD in bioenergy

Iso Jackson Hirst

Iso Jackson Hirst

Planet Earth Team Member

I'm a first year PhD student working on a technique used in Structural Biology called cryo-electron microscopy. This technique allows us to figure out the 3D structure of a whole range of biological molecules from the machinery that expresses our genes to the Spike protein from SARS-CoV-2 so we can ...