Isha has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Banaras Hindu University, India. Her research focuses on synthesis, characterization and application of metal nanoparticles as colorimetric probes for environmentally/biologically relevant analytes such as, sulphide, cysteine, homocysteine and glutathione. She studied the sensing mechanism, phenomenon of self-assembly as well as various factors affecting the optical properties of these materials. At OIST, she started with fabricating/synthesizing materials and later joined as a postdoc to work at the interface of Chemistry and Physics on Magnetic levitation of organic liquids. Following her passion for synthesizing smart materials, she is starting as a postdoc in pi-Conjugated Polymers Unit from February 2022.
He loves Hiking, workout and cooking.
Fathy started his interdisciplinary postdoctoral research at OIST in April 2023 under the supervision of Prof. Christine Luscombe and Prof. Síle Nic Chormaic. His research project aims to develop new functional materials with stimuli-responsiveness capabilities for photonics and optoelectronics. He received the Doctor of Science degree from the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Saitama University, Japan in March 2018 under the supervision of Prof. Takuji Hirose. He received the Master of Science in Physical Chemistry from the Faculty of Science, Tanta University, Egypt under the supervision of Prof. Tarek Fayed in June 2014. He was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Melville Laboratory of Polymer Synthesis at the University of Cambridge, UK under the supervision of Prof. Silvia Vignolini (January 2022- March 2023). He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Advanced Materials and Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University, Ohio, USA (August 2019-July 2020) at Prof. Quan Li research group. He was working for more than three years (December 2014-March 2018) as a Junior Research Associate at RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science, Wako, Saitama, Japan under the supervision of Prof. Yoshihiro Ito and Prof. Masuki Kawamoto. He is one of the faculty staff for both research and teaching at The Faculty of Science, Tanta University, Egypt since February 2012.
I received my MSc degree in 2019 from Stella Maris College, Chennai, India. My dissertation work was centred on the preparation of a Ru-based catalyst for the dehydrogenation of formic acid and bimetallic nanocatalysts in different compositions for the biomass conversion of furfural.
I joined OIST in Jan 2022, and my first lab rotation was with Prof. Christine Luscombe. Later, in Jan 2023, I joined the lab as a PhD student, and my thesis work will focus on the synthesis of a voltage-sensitive dye, ANNINE-6. A multi-step synthetic process that it is, C-H Arylation is my initial and immediate challenge, and I am tackling it One Step At A Time!
I read for academia, a little less than I read for pleasure. I am a natural at singing off-key and dancing off-beat. Please talk to me in Bollywood/Kollywood movie references.
E-mail: nivedha.velmurugan [at] oist.jp
Tom Tassilo Wilfling
E-mail: tom.wilfling [at] oist.jp
E-mail: abdulrahman-bakry [at] oist.jp
I have always been interested in science and when I was 14, I decided that I wanted to become a marine biologist. Since I am originally from Sweden and my interests were more in tropical oceans I moved abroad for my education. My research interests are in ecology, genetics and organisms’ responses to climate change. I am now in my first year here at OIST and undergoing my out-of-field rotation. I do not know much about chemistry or polymers, but I am excited to learn. I will help with the microplastics project, thus combining my love for marine biology with learning something new. In my free time I go diving and exploring Okinawa.
E-mail: m.oshiro [at] oist.jp
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