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Becky Jones

Becky Jones

Co-ordinator

I’m a third year PhD student studying breakdown of articular cartilage following injury, which often leads to osteoarthritis. Outside of lab I enjoy talking about science and seeing the world!

Lucy Manifold

Lucy Manifold

Co-ordinator

I’m a 3rd year PhD student in geology, investigating the controls on properties of Carboniferous carbonate rock. Scientifically, I’m interested in all things natural history, otherwise I’ll be found knitting and/or reading Stephen King.

James Haughton

James Haughton

Our Society and Website

I am a second year PhD student researching microstructural modelling of soft tissues. I love that my area combines the mathematical and biological sciences. Away from work, my hobbies include watching films and TV, reading and quizzing, and I have a season ticket at FC United.

Carina Nicu

Carina Nicu

Creative Reactions and Website

I am a third-year PhD student researching the human skin, and am based in the finest building on Southern Campus - Stopford. Outside of work, I am passionate about art, music, sci-fi and a good book which is why I chose to join Creative Reactions.

Joan Chang

Joan Chang

Creative Reactions and Promotion

Post-doctoral Research Associate at the University of Manchester interested in circadian rhythm and collagen secretion/repair. Otherwise I like writing short stories and promoting public outreach. I’m a STEM Ambassador, and enjoy playing Ultimate Frisbee, hiking, attempting to blog, and whisky.

Tasha Myhill

Tasha Myhill

Special Events and Promotion

I’m Tasha, a 2nd year PhD student on the Regenerative Medicine CDT. In my project, I am looking at how to treat patient’s skin cancer with their own immune cells! In my spare time, I like to play badminton, watch Netflix and play board games with friends.

Isabel Rivera

Isabel Rivera

Special Events and Photography

I’m a Masters student studying Clinical Biochemistry in the University of Manchester. I believe in the empowerment of people with the understanding of science and the potential for social change this brings. Beyond academics and science, I’m an avid dancer and photographer.

Holly Smith

Holly Smith

Our Society and Social Media

I have a biomedical background and am currently retraining in science communication. I’m particularly interested in the fusion of science and the arts as a means of public engagement, so I’m very excited to be part of this year’s creative reactions team!

Fiona Batchelor

Fiona Batchelor

Our Society and Social Media

I am a biomedical science graduate, now studying an MSc in science communication. I’m interested in public engagement both practically and academically, hence my interest in PoS. This is my fourth year living in Manchester, so it’s great to get a chance to help with a great event for a great city!

Jenny Lee

Jenny Lee

Atoms to Galaxies

I’m a Medicinal Chemistry student learning about drug discovery and development. I’m new to PoS so really excited to get involve and spread the knowledge of science whilst meeting new people! Away from labs, I enjoy travelling, cooking and watching movies.

Denys Holovanchuk

Denys Holovanchuk

Atoms to Galaxies

Stressed PhD student from Portugal enjoying my life in cosy Manchester. In the mean time I’m trying to figure out how patients with malignant melanoma develop brain metastases.
In my free time (slowly shortening) I like to travel the world and play my acoustic guitar.

Diana Alvarez

Diana Alvarez

Atoms to Galaxies

I am a research associate at The University of Manchester exploring environmentally friendly alternatives to generate energy from waste heat, which involves developing high efficient nanostructured materials. In my spare time, I take dancing lessons and join an urban running crew.

Philip Aldhous

Philip Aldhous

Atoms to Galaxies

Hello! I’m a 2nd year PhD student investigating how unexpected operating conditions, may cause corrosion of turbine blades which extract energy from steam in power plants. Alongside my research, I spend the majority of my time competing at sailing competitions across the country.

Meredith Sherock

Meredith Sherock

Atoms to Galaxies

Formerly a geologist of the American variety, I recently hopped across the pond to pursue an MSc in Science Communication. Beyond collecting and writing about rocks, I enjoy thrifing, hiking, and getting emotional whilst viewing sheep in the British countryside.

Alison Davies-Bailey

Alison Davies-Bailey

Atoms to Galaxies

I’m a Science Communication Masters student with a background in Genetics who wants to bring science and comfy pub venues together for the good of all. I’m really excited to get involved in Pint of Science this year and make some great science events happen!

Joanne Sharpe

Joanne Sharpe

Beautiful Mind

I’m a first year PhD student studying the genetics of dementia and motor neurone disease. I love talking to people about my research, and hope to spread my enthusiasm for science! When I’m not doing science I enjoy cooking, coffee shop-hopping and walking up big hills.

Xuefeng Huang

Xuefeng Huang

Beautiful Mind

I am a final year PhD student conducting business research using quantitative method, interested in neuroscience and mathematics. In my leisure time, I enjoy volunteering in Manchester, helping to educate high school students. I am also a globe-trotter who has explored Asia, Europe and Africa.

Lauren Eades

Lauren Eades

Beautiful Mind

Biomedical sciences undergraduate at the University of Manchester with a passion for cancer research. Enthusiastic about science communications, public engagement, volunteering and charity fundraising. Outside of the lab I love running, baking and nattering over a pint!

Jurga Mituzaite

Jurga Mituzaite

Beautiful Mind

A first year PhD student in Neuroscience with a brain so self-absorbed it finds interesting only itself. However, a chat about science with a pint in hand seems to be a close second.

Hannah Thurgur

Hannah Thurgur

Beautiful Mind

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

Tessa Swanton

Tessa Swanton

Beautiful Mind

I’m a first year PhD student investigating novel approaches to treating neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s disease. Keen to get the public to share my enthusiasm for science but more specifically, brains!

Natalie Berry

Natalie Berry

Beautiful Mind

I am a psychology PhD graduate and researcher exploring the use of novel technologies in the assessment and management of severe mental health problems.

Sophie Faulkner

Sophie Faulkner

Beautiful Mind

Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow with the NIHR, researching sleep problems in schizophrenia, and how to improve them. Part time mental health Occupational Therapist in a CMHT. And when I’m off duty, I most enjoy walks that end at ancient rural pubs, and discovering new board games.

Beccy White

Beccy White

Beautiful Mind

My name is Beccy and I’m a 1st year Psychology PhD student. My research is about whether romantic relationships are linked to resilience and associated with clinical and well-being outcomes in people with psychosis. I enjoy spending time with friends and trying to grow things at my allotment!

Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin

Beautiful Mind

I’m a final year PhD student investigating pain in Parkinson’s Disease based at Salford Royal Hospital. I have always been fascinated about the complexity of the brain and enjoy sharing my enthusiasm at public engagement events. My other love in life is travelling and anything outdoors.

Abigail Pienaar

Abigail Pienaar

Beautiful Mind

I’m a brain science enthusiast starting my PhD at the University of Manchester, researching how body clocks and nicotine addiction are linked, to find useful ways help people quit smoking. I am also a very amateur pub-quizzer in my free time (although mostly I rely on more knowledgeable team-mates!)

Jana Wendler

Jana Wendler

Creative Reactions

Geographer and street game designer, with an interest in experimental and playful practice across disciplines. I create games, research playful learning, curate sci-art workshops and love making collaborations happen. Currently learning how to use electronics to make objects do unexpected things.

Bindu Vekaria

Bindu Vekaria

Creative Reactions

Hi there! I’m a first year PhD student looking at clinical prediction models (e.g. models that predict the risk of a heart attack) to see if they can be tailored to individuals. Alongside my research, I enjoy watching movies and have recently discovered a love for bouldering!

Beth Clarke

Beth Clarke

Creative Reactions

I’m a medical doctor doing a research project looking at a form of arthritis that people with cystic fibrosis get. I’m not based in a lab – I get to see lots of patients! I like learning new stuff, and drinking tea. Here for science talking and listening, and spreading the wonder of science!

Liz Buckingham-Jeffrey

Liz Buckingham-Jeffrey

Creative Reactions

Hello! I’m a researcher in maths at the University of Manchester working on infectious disease epidemiology. Outside of work I enjoy climbing and hiking. I’ve only recently moved to Manchester so I’m also enjoying exploring this great city!

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.‬

Khadisha Zahra

Khadisha Zahra

Special Events

I’m a 1st 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.

Jason Chu

Jason Chu

Special Events

I’m a 1st year PhD student investigating the behaviour of macrophages in wound healing. I’ve just graduated from the University of Glasgow, so I’m basically a lost Scot here in Manchester. Outside the lab, I’ll be running, taking photos and enjoying a healthy relationship with whisky and wine.

Helen Clough

Helen Clough

Special Events

Hi! I’m a second year PhD student in the CDT in Regenerative Medicine. My project is developing models of breast tumours for drug testing. I’m passionate about public engagement and promoting science to wider audiences. In my spare time I enjoy aerial fitness and cooking.

Karen Chahal

Karen Chahal

Special Events

I’m a final year Medicinal Chemistry PhD student, designing and synthesising potential anti-cancer inhibitors for the PI3K/AKT pathway. Outside my research, I love watching films, binge watching TV series, salsa dancing and enjoying a cocktail or two.

Darya Frank

Darya Frank

Our Body

I’m a 3rd year PhD student working on human memory. I’m interested in how expectations affect our ability to learn and retain information. When I’m not looking at brains (from the outside!) I can be found playing squash, watching indie films or making coffee.

Catherine Lowe

Catherine Lowe

Our Body

1st Year PhD based at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology researching diversification of natural product antibiotics. I love hearing people talk about their research and how it will mature to help the wider world. I aim to introduce communities outside of academia to enjoy science too.

Helen Taylor

Helen Taylor

Our Body

I'm a 2nd year PhD researching biosynthesis and development of biosensors for antibiotics. I love being involved in outreach activities and often volunteer at events in or outside University. I believe part of our role is to share this knowledge to anyone who wants to learn!

Alicia Galdon

Alicia Galdon

Our Body

I’m Alicia and I’m a first year Immunology PhD student. My research is focused on figuring out how an exciting new immunotherapy for pancreatic cancer works. Outside the lab I like to eat copious amounts of chocolate, drink the occasional cocktail and travel as often as I can!

Cemsel Bafligil

Cemsel Bafligil

Our Body

I am a first year PhD student working on gynae-oncology. I often volunteer with charities in my field to increase awareness and raise funding. When I’m not PhDing you will find me chasing animals for hugs and travelling whenever and wherever I can.

Naomi Phillips

Naomi Phillips

Our Body

I’m a first 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.

Vanessa Timmermann

Vanessa Timmermann

Our Society

I’m a final year PhD student in chemistry, investigating NMR and emission spectra of f-elements. When I’m not playing with uranium or trying to fix machines, I enjoy cooking and baking with friends as well as going out and exploring new places.

Jo Watson

Jo Watson

Our Society

I’m a first year PhD Student, studying how cells move and whether we can use computational methods to understand why that changes during cancer. I love to travel to new places and cook interesting food (but interesting doesn’t always mean good!).

Cassie Forbes

Cassie Forbes

Our Society

French and Mandarin graduate that somehow ended up working at Manchester Medical School! My role is to organise events encouraging young people from low-income families to pursue a career in medicine. Outside of work I love finding new places to explore with my Border Collie puppy.

Yuqing Zhang (Mila)

Yuqing Zhang (Mila)

Our Society

I am a PhD student in the School of Mathematics at the University of Manchester, working on the pricing and modeling problems in the Actuarial Science. Passionate about getting involved in science events. I enjoy cooking, watching movies, and traveling to discover new places.

Charlotte Criscuolo

Charlotte Criscuolo

Our Society

1st year PhD student with previous experience in scientific industry. My project validating of a computer model that predicted medicines that work together to treat cancer. My hobbies include public speaking, learning Italian and cooking. Looking forward to sharing scientific knowledge with POS!

Cynthia Li

Cynthia Li

Planet Earth

I am a third year PhD student with research focusing on Cellular and Molecular Biology. I am passionate about protecting our beautiful planet, so communicating global issues to the public is important to me. Otherwise, I enjoy spending time in the outdoors and photographing natural landscapes.

Claire Gannon

Claire Gannon

Planet Earth

I’m currently studying Science Communication at The University of Manchester, having previously studied Biology. I’m excited to share my excitement for the natural world around us with everyone involved in Pint of Science, and hopefully learn something new whilst I’m at it!

Megan Chastney

Megan Chastney

Planet Earth

I am a third year PhD student working on the biological processes behind pancreatic cancer. In addition to studying the tiny things in life, such as cells, I love learning about our planet as a whole, and how we can protect the amazing wildlife within it.

Steph Macdonald

Steph Macdonald

Planet Earth

Hi! My names Steph and I’m a 4th year molecular biology PhD student. I research how gene expression is controlled in fat cells. I also write articles for various science blogs. Working as part of the planet earth team is really exciting for me as I get to interact with researchers in a new field.

Hannah Wilson

Hannah Wilson

Planet Earth

I am a first year PhD chemist, working with lanthanide-doped upconverting nanoparticles for biosensing applications. I enjoy playing the piano, and all things arty or edible.

Rebekah Beck

Rebekah Beck

Planet Earth

Hi! I’m a 3rd year PhD student investigating how chemicals impact the epigenome, a control switch that can turn genes on and off, like a light switch. I believe everyone can enjoy and understand science. As well as loving science, I enjoy adventuring around the world and Geocaching.

Sharon Ruiz

Sharon Ruiz

Planet Earth

I am in the third year of my PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences. I work with microbial communities and their adaptation to extreme environments. When not in the lab I like hanging out with my friends, watching series, listening to music, dancing, and cooking (I’m not good at it, but I try!).

Sarah Fox

Sarah Fox

Tech Me Out

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

Tech Me Out

I am a qualified doctor and a researcher at the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research at the University of Manchester, focusing on genetics and arthritis. Big data is my bag. Outside of work, I like playing my double bass, crocheting and pies.

Bethan McAvan

Bethan McAvan

Tech Me Out

I am a 3rd year PhD student in Biochemistry. I study the structure of therapeutic antibodies to try and understand how to create stable formulations. When I am not in the lab I love to travel, eat and drink.

Niall Johnston

Niall Johnston

Tech Me Out

I’m Niall and I've always been a fan of Pint of Science so excited to be organising this year. I like going to Cafe Scientifiques’ and have done a presentation and film showing at one in the past. Biochemistry graduate now studying for a science communication MSc. Can’t wait to Tech it out!

Becky Dodd

Becky Dodd

Tech Me Out

A 2nd 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!

Chen Liu

Chen Liu

Tech Me Out

I am a 3rd year PhD of School of Materials. I like music and sports like tennis and badminton. Pint of Science is fantastic as it presents science with a lot of fun! I would like to take this chance as a good volunteer experience, in the meantime enjoying some excellent science stories and pubs.

Alessia Andrews

Alessia Andrews

Tech Me Out

I am a PhD student at The University of Manchester looking into alternative methods to produce biofuels. When I am not in the lab I enjoy dancing and eating. I am looking forward to combining my passion of science and a good beer!