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The Sensor CDT course is managed by a number of dedicated people, organised into groups with specific responsibilities as shown in the diagram. You can find more detailed information about the members in each group further down.

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Senior Management Team

Clemens Kaminski is the Director of the Sensor CDT. He is Professor of Chemical Physics and leads the Laser Analytics Group in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.  He specialises in the development of photonic sensor systems for the study of dynamic chemical processes ranging from single molecule studies in living cells to chemical reactions in the atmosphere. He was awarded the Hinshelwood (2004); Gaydon (2004); Leverhulme (2005) prizes and is recipient of the international SAOT award in optics (2008). He is co-founder of the Cambridge Advanced Imaging Centre (CAIC), and the Openlabtools initiative, and serves on the management boards of both. He is also founder and Director of CamBridgeSens, the Strategic Network of sensor research at Cambridge University.

Pietro Cicuta is Deputy Director. He is Professor of Biological Physics. His research combines the use of physical techniques such as optical tweezers, microrheology, advanced confocal microscopy and image analysis methods to address biological questions, e.g. dynamics in biological colloidal and cellular systems.

Elizabeth (Lisa) Hall (Sensor CDT Equality and Diversity Champion) is Deputy Director. She is Professor of Analytical Biotechnology. She investigates methods to interface biology with electronic, mechanical and optical systems in both fundamental and applied research. She links transducer technologies (electrochemistry, optics, ultrasound) with synthetic biology and nanomaterials for novel sensor concepts. She is a founding member of CamBridgeSens.

The Senior Management team is supported by:

Oliver Hadeler, Programme Manager and MRes Course Director. Oliver has a PhD in optoelectronics and runs the CamBridgeSens strategic network in Cambridge.  He oversees overall co-ordination of the programme and assists the Director in the running of the programme.

Helen Boyle, Senior Administrator. Helen deals with inquiries, student and course administration.

Silvia Lucato Hadeler, Communication and Outreach Officer. Silvia has a  PhD in Oceanography and teaches R programming. She is responsible for the industry engagement and impact activities.


External Advisory Board

Gilberto Brambilla (Chair) is Professor at the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton. In 2007 he was awarded a Research Fellowship from the Royal Society. His research interests include optical fibre nanowires and developing related devices and sensors.

Roel Baets is Professor and Director of the Centre for Nano- and Biophotonics at Ghent University. His field of expertise is integrated photonics. He has made contributions to research on semiconductor laser diodes, guided wave and grating devices and the design and fabrication of photonic ICs. He is a Fellow of the IEEE.

Kate Bowman is our EPSRC representative. She is the Senior Physical Sciences Manager at EPSRC.

John Molloy is Regional Coordinator (East of England) at the National Physical Laboratory. He specialises in ultrafast photonics and industrial applications of THz technology.

Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley is Director of Innovations and Impact at the British Antarctic Survey. Her background is in fundamental and applied research as a protein biochemist, and she has experience of commercialisation through involvement in a spin-out company developing algae- and moss-based biophotovoltaic devices.

Lee Smith is an ARM Fellow and one of the founders of the company. His experience ranges from product design and technical development to management, consultancy and legal aspects of R&D.

Patrick Unwin is Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Molecular Analytical Science CDT at the University of Warwick. His research interests lie in the development and application of novel electrochemical techniques. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and the International Society of Electrochemistry. His awards include the Tilden Prize (2012), Barker Medal (2010), Corday-Morgan Medal (2001) and Marlow Medal (1997), all from the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Chris van der Walle is a Director and Fellow of the Formulations Sciences group at MedImmune in Cambridge. During his academic career he has implemented a MRes course in drug delivery.

Stefan Will is Professor for Thermodynamics at Erlangen University and Co-Coordinator of its Graduate Research School in Advanced Optical Technologies.


Steering Committee

A Steering Committee of senior academics from across Cambridge University is supporting the Management Team in the shaping of the Sensor CDT. The research interests and expertise among the members of the Management Team and Steering Committee cover the whole range of sensor related research, from technology, via middleware, to applications.

Current members of the Steering Committee are:

Stephen Elliott is Professor of Chemical Physics and a fellow of Trinity College.  He leads the Chemical Physics Group in the Department of Chemistry.  His research focuses on MEMS and optical sensors for biochemical and materials research. Awards include: Zachariasen Prize (1992); Ovshinsky Award (2001); Chancellor's Medal, University of Pardubice (2012); Morey Award, American Ceramic Society (2013).

Tijmen Euser is a Lecturer in the Department of Physics. His research centres on hollow-core photonic crystal fibres. His Optofluidics lab investigates optical manipulation of nanoparticles and biomolecules as well as photocatalysis in optofluidic waveguides.

Jim Haseloff is Professor of Synthetic Biology in the Department of Plant Sciences where he heads the Synthetic Biology and Reprogramming of Plant Systems Group. He leads the Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative to advance cross-disciplinary research in Cambridge.

Florian Hollfelder is a Reader in the Department of Biochemistry and heads the Mechanism in Chemistry and Biology group. He has pioneered the use of microfluidic and lab-on-chip devices to answer mechanistic questions at the chemistry/biology interface, involving low- and high-throughput approaches. He is coordinator of several EU-funded transnational collaborative initiatives, e.g. the EU MiFem and EU-MC networks on microdroplet  technology in biology.

Fumiya Iida is a Lecturer in the Department of Engineering. His research interests include biologically inspired robotics, embodied artificial intelligence, and biomechanics.

Alexandre Kabla is a Lecturer in the Department of Engineering where he leads the Physics and Mechanics of Biological Systems group. He is the founder of the OpenLabTools initiative at the Department of Engineering, promoting open source hardware and software for teaching and research.

Alan Mycroft is Professor of Computing in the Computer Laboratory. He is a co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.  His research interests are in programming languages, type systems, program analysis and compilation, especially techniques bridging the theory-systems divide.

Ashwin A. Seshia is Professor of Microsystems Technology. He leads MEMS activities at the Cambridge Nanoscience Centre developing sensors and sensor systems, transducers and interfaces, energy harvesting and micromechanical resonators and oscillators.

Paul Varley is Vice President, Science and Collaborations, Biopharmaceutical Development at MedImmune.


Student Representatives

Philip Mair (2014 cohort) has a background in biochemistry. His PhD research is on high throughput screening of genomic libraries where he is combining his biochemistry skills with open source hardware.

Omid Siddiqui (2015 cohort) is a physicist. He is working on optical tweezers to study neuro-degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's, at a molecular level.

Tess Skyrme (2016 cohort) studied Aerospace Engineering at the University of Liverpool. Her PhD research topic is the development of new sensor and imaging technologies for astronomy applications.

Francesca van Tartwijk (2017 cohort) is a biochemist who is currently in the MRes year at the Sensor CDT.