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James Haughton

James Haughton

Coordinator

I am a third year PhD student researching microstructural modelling of soft tissues. I love that my area combines the mathematical and biological sciences. My other hobbies include playing video games, watching films and TV, reading and quizzing, and I have a season ticket at FC United.

Khadisha Zahra

Khadisha Zahra

Coordinator

I’m a 2nd year PhD student studying nitrogen-doped graphene with the hope of improving batteries & fuel cells. I did my BSc in Physics, an MSc in Engineering & now I’m funded by the school of Chemistry! So I’m hoping to learn more Biology through Pint of Science! I also love board games & cooking.

Viktoria Brandt

Viktoria Brandt

Atoms to Galaxies

I’m a postgrad student at the University of Manchester with the School of Chemistry. My research focuses on modifying a polymer surface allowing for a change in properties with exposure to light. Outside of university I enjoy watching Star Trek, playing lacrosse and swimming.

John Cobbledick

John Cobbledick

Atoms to Galaxies

Hi I’m John, I’m currently a first year Particle Physics PhD student working on the LHCb experiment. I am currently analysing data from the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) which aims to help solve the problem of matter-antimatter imbalance. I enjoy, general computery stuff and hiking.

Claudia Compeon

Claudia Compeon

Atoms to Galaxies

I'm a second year PhD student researching interfaces modification and characterization of solar cells materials. I always love to learn something new and share my knowledge with others. Besides science and sustainability, I also love music, traveling, dancing, cooking and baking delicious cakes.

Becky Dodd

Becky Dodd

Atoms to Galaxies

A 3nd year Biochemistry PhD student venturing into the world of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy in drug design. I have a passion for public engagement, and think good beer and interesting science go hand in hand!

Druhi Vaid

Druhi Vaid

Atoms to Galaxies

Hi! I’m Druhi, a postgraduate student in Chemistry at the University of Manchester. I hope to pursue a PhD in the coming years. Interests: reading, collecting postcards, travelling, hogging good food. Pet peeves: noisy eaters, nose pickers. Guilty pleasures: korean dramas. Addictions: COFFEE!

Charlotte Criscuolo

Charlotte Criscuolo

Beautiful Mind

I am a second year PhD student with previous experience in scientific industry. I am researching the interactions between different cancer medicines to treat skin cancer. My hobbies include public speaking, learning Italian and hiking. I’m looking forward to sharing scientific knowledge with POS!

Minmin Jiang

Minmin Jiang

Beautiful Mind

I’m a first year PhD student studying the hardware security of integrated circuits. I’m really interested in innovative, bold, novel scientific ideas, and I want to share my enthusiasm for science with other people! I enjoy playing video games, learning foreign languages and snowboarding.

Conor McConnell

Conor McConnell

Beautiful Mind

I am a third year PhD student working in the physics department at the University of Manchester. I have always been interested in the fields of neurobiology and psychology and look forward to organising some great events for the public to come, have a pint and learn about some interesting science!

Simon McCormack

Simon McCormack

Beautiful Mind

After working in industry for several years, I have come back to university to expand my opportunities through a PhD in material science. I have been a going to Pint of Science talks for years and have found it is a great way to learn about things that aren’t necessarily my field.

Sasha Philbert

Sasha Philbert

Beautiful Mind

I'm a 1st year PhD student investigating the molecular basis of vascular dementia. When I'm not looking at brains in the lab, I enjoy trying to play tennis, eating everything in sight and working in niche coffee shops.

Chrysoula Zerva

Chrysoula Zerva

Beautiful Mind

I’m a PhD student in text mining (just submitted my thesis actually :D), looking at how people express and understand information, opinions and sentiments. I love hiking, climbing, travelling, meeting new people and getting into long conversations about pretty much everything, especially over pints!

Jason Chu

Jason Chu

Creative Reactions

I’m a 2nd year PhD student imaging the behaviour of macrophages in wound healing. Outside of the lab, you’ll find me running, taking photos, involved with science public engagement or enjoying a healthy relationship with whisky and wine.

Emilie Gerard

Emilie Gerard

Creative Reactions

Hi! I’ve just started my PhD researching the catalytic mechanism of enzymes with vanadium cofactors that halogenate substrates. My area combines computational modelling with biochemical lab work. My hobbies include reading, watching films, skiing and I’ve also just started to learn tango.

Stuart Robertson

Stuart Robertson

Creative Reactions

I’m a 3rd year PhD student, conservation biology is my jam. One of the best ways to protect biodiversity is through communication, and mobilising the public - art is one of the most powerful ways of doing this, hence Creative Reactions! When I’m not ‘PhDing’ you’ll find me in the sea, or the pub.

Vicente Orts

Vicente Orts

Creative Reactions

I’m a chemical engineering graduate and first year PhD student, trying to bridge the link between 2D materials research and industry. Look forward to me asking “so, have you heard about graphene?” at a POS event near you.

Aoife Taylor

Aoife Taylor

Creative Reactions

I’m a first year PhD student at UoM. My work involves studying enzyme kinetics at the MIB and I’m interested in exploring creativity in science! I enjoy climbing, dancing and cooking.

Sian Thistlethwaite

Sian Thistlethwaite

Creative Reactions

Hello! I am a first year PhD student investigating the products of liver drug metabolism, who has always been interested in how art and science collide. Outside of the lab I love visiting new places, a “swift” pint, music and most importantly pizza.

Ed Thomas

Ed Thomas

Creative Reactions

Science communication enthusiast and long suffering Sheffield Wednesday fan. Always looking for new excuses for going to the pub or talking about science. Luckily found both through pint of science.‬

Lucy Buckingham

Lucy Buckingham

Our Body

I’m a first year PhD student researching the immunological links between lung infections and inflammatory skin diseases. Outside the lab, you’ll find me on top of a mountain, enjoying the beautiful views of the UK’s countryside, or capturing them on a canvas!

Megan Chastney

Megan Chastney

Our Body

I am a final year PhD student working on how tumour stiffness affects the progression of pancreatic cancer. Sharing research is one of the best parts of science, especially when it’s set in a cosy pub! Outside of the lab, I love being outdoors, travelling, and food.

Sarah Harbach

Sarah Harbach

Our Body

I am a PhD student at the University of Manchester developing biomarkers to screen for lung cancer. I think it’s important to tell the public about the research we’re doing and get them as excited as we are about it, plus it aids my research, making me think about it from different points of view. O...

Marina Rosca

Marina Rosca

Our Body

I’m a pharmacist, in my 1st year PhD in the UoM looking into the cardiovascular side effects of drugs used to treat arthritis, such as heart attacks and strokes. Find me somewhere on a mountain hiking or running on sunnier days, occasionally surfing (still working on the theory of balance).

Megan Sharps

Megan Sharps

Our Body

I am a 2nd year PhD student looking at the role of macrophages in the placentas of babies who are born too small. When I’m not in the lab I enjoy being in the outdoors especially running, climbing and skiing. The best way to finish the day’s activities is a drink with friends in a local pub!

Tom Willmott

Tom Willmott

Our Body

I joined the University of Manchester 2 years ago to do an MSc in Medical Microbiology and then worked as a researcher for a year in the Microbiology group. I have just started a PhD in Medical Micro in pregnancy disorders in the Maternal and Foetal Research Group. Outside of Uni I love squash, beer...

Sarah Fox

Sarah Fox

Our Society

Recovering neuroscientist, sci-com fanatic and big data junkie. When I’m not blogging or masterminding novel ways of exploring how science works you’ll probably find me refusing to act my age somewhere outside in the sun.

Stephanie Ling

Stephanie Ling

Our Society

I am a medic taking some time off doctoring to research the genetics and molecules involved in arthritis. This is my second year taking part in Pint of Science – last year was so ace I HAD to come back for more. Outside of work, I like playing my double bass, crocheting and pies.

Tessa Swanton

Tessa Swanton

Our Society

I’m a second year PhD student developing drugs to target neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s disease. Passionate about neuroscience, science communication, and proud advocate of women in STEM!

Hannah Thurgur

Hannah Thurgur

Our Society

Second year Neuroscience PhD student with a passion for science and love for pints. I can’t wait to spread the magic of science!

Oliver Buxton

Oliver Buxton

Planet Earth

Having spent a few years in industry, I’ve seized an opportunity to return to the academic world and start a PhD in material science. After sneaking into a PoS talk one year, I’m keen to get involved to help share the experience with those who might not usually be exposed to the science world.

Ben Esse

Ben Esse

Planet Earth

A former physicist pretending to be a geologist studying volcanic plumes! I spend most of my time running around various volcanoes hoping for good weather (and usually getting rained on). I love hiking, climbing, generally being outdoors and beer.

Sharon Ruiz

Sharon Ruiz

Planet Earth

I am on my final year of my PhD on microbial ecology. I find fascinating the microscopic world its interactions/adaptation processes with extreme environments. When not in the lab I like hanging out with my friends, watching series, listening to music, dancing, and baking.

Danielle Vause

Danielle Vause

Planet Earth

I am currently studying for my MSc in Pollution and Environmental Control at the University of Manchester. It’s my first-year volunteering for Pint of Science so I’m looking forward to it. Outside of studying I enjoy spending time with family and friends, exploring new places to eat around Mancheste...

Sophie Cooper

Sophie Cooper

Special Events

Hi I’m Sophie, a 1st year PhD student studying the chemistry and electronic structure of the late actinide series (the really heavy radioactive elements that are man-made). I have a great love for all things scientific, but when I’m not in the lab you’ll most likely find me on a hockey pitch.

Naomi Phillips

Naomi Phillips

Special Events

I’m a second year PhD student in Regenerative Medicine who’s here to combine two of the greatest things in life, pubs and science! Outside of the lab I like to run, paint, play music and try to pet as many dogs as possible.

Marta Camps

Marta Camps

Tech Me Out

I am a third year PhD student researching new ways of modelling wind around buildings using computer simulations and virtual reality. I love attending outreach activities to learn more about the world we live in and I’m really happy to be a part of them now. Outside university I’m an avid comic book...

Hannah Wilson

Hannah Wilson

Tech Me Out

I am a second year PhD chemist, researching lanthanide-doped upconverting nanoparticles for sensing applications, with interests in biotechnology and spectroscopy. Outside of science, I enjoy playing the piano, and all things arty or edible.