Helen Willcock
Helen Willcock (Chair) is a Lecturer in Polymer Science in the Department of Materials at Loughborough University. She completed her Master’s degree in Chemistry at the University of Liverpool in 2003 and after a brief period working in a chemical catalogue company, returned to Liverpool to obtain her PhD in 2008, studying the control of the solution properties of dendrimers by varying surface functionality, under the supervision of Professor Steve Rannard and Professor Andy Cooper. After a short Post-Doctoral position with Unilever studying the incorporation of fluorescent tags into dendronised polymers as probes for porous media, Helen moved to the University of Warwick in 2009 to work as a Research Fellow with Professor Rachel O’Reilly. She worked on projects including the control of end group functionality and the synthesis of polymer particles using RAFT polymerisation and was promoted to Senior Research Fellow in 2015.

Her research is focused on the tailoring of polymer 
properties by control over their architecture and the synthesis of stimuli-responsive polymer particles for biomedical applications.

Guillaume De Bo (Secretary)
holds a Royal Society University Research Fellowship at the University of Manchester to investigate the use of mechanical force in synthesis. In 2004 Guillaume obtained a Master in Chemistry from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium). He did his master thesis under the supervision of Prof István E. Markó on the development of platinum-based catalysts for the hydrosilylation of alkynes. He completed his PhD in 2009, in the same laboratory, working on the synthesis of angular triquinanes. He then took a post-doctoral position in the laboratory of Prof Jean-François Gohy and Charles-André Fustin (UCL, Belgium) to work on the assembly of mechanically-linked block copolymers. In 2011, he joined the group of Prof David A. Leigh, then in Edinburgh, to work on the development of molecular machines.

Francisco (Paco) Fernandez-Trillo has recently joined the School of Chemistry in Birmingham as a Birmingham Fellow working on Biomedical Applications of Nanotechnology. After graduating from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, where he did his PhD on natural product synthesis, Paco's research has moved to the chemistry-biology interface and the development of novel polymeric materials for nanomedicine. The multidisciplinary nature of his research has been promoted through different post-doctoral positions, both in the UK (Durham and Nottingham) and Spain (Santiago de Compostela) where Paco had the chance to develop polymeric materials for biocatalysis, cell recognition and adhesion, MRI, synthetic biology and the development of novel antibiotics. Polymeric materials, because of their intrinsic multivalent nature and ability to assemble at the nanoscale, are extremely suitable to interfere with biological systems. Because of this, the main goal of Paco's research it to precisely design, synthesise, and characterise novel polymeric materials that can interface with natural systems, and at present, a strong focus is placed on the development of novel antimicrobials. In his research group, they employ a combination of organic, polymer and analytical chemistry, together with imaging and microbiology to be able to understand how these materials interact with bacteria and what are the consequences for bacterial behaviour and metabolism. This is of great importance for the development of new and efficient antibiotics.

Michael Cook (Website) is is a Lecturer in Pharmaceutics at the University of Hertfordshire, within the Topical Drug Delivery and Toxicology research centre. He was awarded his PhD in 2013 from the University of Reading, for his work on the microencapsulation of synbiotics. He continued at Reading as a postdoc in the Khutoryanskiy group, investigating the use of glycopolymer hydrogels for use as substitute mucosal membranes. His research interests lie the development of materials for mucosal drug delivery, including hydrogels, in situ gelling systems, and particulates. 

Dr Aram Saeed (International Rep)
 is currently a lecturer in Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering in the School of Pharmacy at University of East Anglia. Dr Saeed’s research lab work on the development of engineered targeted drug delivery systems, and tissue engineering scaffolds as 3D cell culture matrix, injectable delivery systems for biotherapeutics or implantable regenerative medical devices. Prior to his recent appointment, Saeed has held positions with the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine and Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials - gained experiences in Tissue regeneration and repair.  He obtained his PhD in Pharmacy from the University of Nottingham.

Dr Robert Dawson (Treasurer) is a 
Lecturer in Polymer
Chemistry at the University of Sheffield. He received his MChem in Chemistry with German from the University of Liverpool in 2006 and completed his PhD with Prof. Andrew I. Cooper at the same institution graduating in 2010. This was followed by a further two years in the group as a post-doctoral researcher. In 2012 he moved to the Technical University of Berlin as a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow in the group of Prof. Arne Thomas. He returned to the UK in 2014 working at the University of Bath before moving to Sheffield in 2015. 

Nicholas Warren is a University
Academic Fellow in Polymer Engineering at the University of Leeds. He was awarded an MSci in Chemistry with Industrial Experience from the University of Bristol in 2005. After a brief period working as a formulation chemist, he moved to the University of Sheffield where he obtained a PhD in Polymer Chemistry in 2011.  He stayed in Sheffield as a postdoctoral researcher working in the area of polymerisation-induced self-assembly until 2016, when he moved to Leeds to start his independent research career. His current research interests include the development of novel polymer manufacturing systems, controlled-structure biocompatible polymers and block copolymer self-assembly.

Dr Lee A. Fielding is a Lecturer
in Polymer Chemistry within the School of Materials at The University of Manchester. He obtained an MChem in Chemistry from The University of Sheffield in 2008, which was followed by a PhD in 2012 on the synthesis, characterization and applications of colloidal nanocomposite particles from the same institution with Professor Steven P. Armes. He worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the same group until 2015, primarily on the preparation of bespoke colloidal particles via RAFT dispersion polymerisation. His current research themes include the development of novel particles for use in the fields of waterborne paints and biomedical diagnostics. 


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