The University of Manchester

2001 - 2009

Research Associate - Microfludics Research Group (2008-09) School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science,

I worked with researchers from Syngenta and Astra Zeneca to develop multiphase micro-droplet assay system to examine the crystallisation processes of agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals. I used CNC machining, ultrasonic welding and CAD tools to developed polymer microfluidic devices and command-line interfaces to control precision syringe-pumps in order to maintain fluid balance.

I developed links with the LEGO Company that led to a research grant submission to the EPSRC in 2010 and developed training guides to aid the manufacture of polymer microfluidic devices.

Finally, I registered for and attended the university sponsored training course entitled “Researchers into Management” which provided me with a Level 5 qualification in Leadership and Management from the ILM.

Research Associate - Syngenta Sensors UIC (2007-08) School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,

I worked on the development of a miniaturized amylase bioreactor and assay instrument for use in bioethanol processing plants. The prototype instrument was delivered and demonstrated a ten-fold increase in sensitivity and a six-fold decrease in assay incubation time compared to the gold standard assay. Based in the School of Electrical Engineering, I worked alongside electrical engineers to develop the instrumentation and hardware systems and I liaised with EPIGEM to develop the microfluidic schematic as a breadboard, containing mixer, delay flow systems and optical detection components. A peer review paper was published relating to this work in 2009

Additionally, I supervised three PhD level research students, presented a paper at a local conference and developed a PhD studentship application to the EPSRC/RSC.

Honorary Lecturer & Educational Development Officer (2005-09) School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science,

This position enabled me to work on a number of taught courses and education related programmes. I enrolled on the University Postgraduate Certificate in Education which provided me with membership of the Higher Education Academy. I developed taught materials for a 1st year module in Organic Chemistry, and a core 2nd year module in Measurement systems. As Educational Development Officer, I coordinated the delivery of Enquiry Based Learning (EBL) to the whole 1st year cohort of 200 students. I was responsible for the management of the staffing allocation and coordinated with academic staff to ensure all learning objectives were achieved, and for timetable management of all teaching assistant activity within the school.

Lecturer in Organic Chemistry for Chemical Engineers (Year 1) – total cohort of 24 students.
• Design and implementation of 12 lecture series.
• Introduction of chemical drawing activities.
• Preparation & implementation of formative and summative assessment.

Joint lecturer in Systems Measurement and Optimisation (Year 2) – total cohort of 200.
• Design and implementation of 12 lectures in a 24-lecture series.
• Development of novel course material including the use of YouTube videos, electronic voting systems (EVS) and robotics,
• Use of the Blackboard E-learning environment including discussion boards for feedback,
• Supervision of teaching assistants (4),
• Preparation & implementation of formative and summative assessment.

Coordinator of Enquiry Based Learning (2006 – 7)
• Project management and reporting,
• Student management and supervision – cohorts of 180 & 220 respectively,
• TA staff supervision and coordination (45),
• Staff development,
• Facilities and timetabling management,
• Financial accountability.

Research Associate - Microfludics Research Group (2001-07) School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science,

I worked on a number of projects during this time,
(1) A BBSRC funded project with the title of “Snomipede”, concerning the development of a microfluidic cell and fluidic delivery system for use with self-assembly and nano-lithography using scanning Near-field Optical Microscopy. I worked with project partners to develop the instrument requirements, and then developed the fluid delivery instruments, the control software and the hardware required to complete the task. A remotely controlled Bluetooth-linked instrument was delivered with flow systems designed using CAD and manufactured using CNC machining, Injection molding and ultrasonic bonding;
(2) The development of an instrument to monitor ultrasound particle manipulation using standing-wave technology with applications in air filtration and bioterrorism protection;
(3) Development of an optical waveguide based detection systems for microfluidics using polymer injection molded flow cells;
(4) An optical microscopy and digital imaging suite for real-time data capture with microfluidic systems.

I submitted research papers to peer review journals (6) and conferences (7), supervised Masters and PhD level project students and managed the micro-machining lab.
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