Maïwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas
Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering

Maïwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas, PhD. Group leader

Dr Kersaudy-Kerhoas is a Royal Academy of Engineering Fellow in the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering at Heriot-Watt University. She holds two MSc degrees in Micro and Nanotechnologies and Electronics. Her PhD study (Heriot-Watt University) involved the development of a microfluidic chip for blood plasma extraction. She initiated and set up a clinical study in collaboration with NHS Lothian, to demonstrate the concept of amplifying fetal cell-free DNA in maternal plasma extracted on-chip. Her current fellowship aims at applying microfluidic concepts to develop affordable, non-invasive, prenatal testing tools for use in clinics and hospitals.

Witold Mielczarek, PhD student (2013-2016)

Following physics undergrad studies, Witold graduated from Erasmus Mundus master programme Monabiphot (Molecular nano- and bio-photonics for telecommunications and biotechnologies) obtaining a joint MEng degree from Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland and École Normale Supérieure de Cachan in France. Having completed his thesis project in experimental biophysics (Stark spectroscopy of plant photoreceptors at VU University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Witold moved on to pursue applied research at the interface of engineering and biosciences. His PhD work focuses on using microfluidics for blood sample processing to improve medical diagnostics, in particular Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing.

Antonio Liga, PhD student (2014-2017)

Antonio Liga accomplished his BSc (2011) and MSc (2013) in Chemical Engineering at the Università degli Studi di Palermo (IT). His transcript or records features projects of Process Engineering as well as Material Science, Electro and Biochemistry and include a semester at Loughborough University (UK). In 2014 he successfully passed the Italian Professional Practice Examination for Industrial Engineers and won a scholarship at "Università di Enna Kore" (IT) dealing with Biopolymers manufacturing processes and characterisation. From September 2014 Antonio is a PhD student at Heriot Watt University (UK). His research deals with microfluidics applied to the Biomedical field, focusing on early diagnostics and Biomarkers isolation.

Jonathan Morton, Research Assistant (2014-2015)

Jonathan Morton is a Research Assistant at Heriot-Watt University working on a public engagement project in Microfluidic Engineering, while completing the write up of his PhD work on using nanostructured optical layers to improve the efficiency of silicon photovoltaic solar panels. His particular interests are in renewable energy, microfluidic engineering, medical physics and science education.