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Management

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.

Management Diagram

Senior Management Team

Clemens Kaminski is the Director of the Sensor CDT (on sabbatical). He is a 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.

Róisín M Owens is the acting Co-Director of the Sensor CDT. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology and leads the Bioelectronic Systems Technologies Group. Her research encompasses biological models development integrated with electronic devices for monitoring or modulation. Her group actively work on the interface of biological materials with transducers, on the development of 3D models with integrated fluidics and electronics, and use of 3D in vitro systems to answer specific questions related to human pathology. She has been internationally recognised with the European Research Council starting grant in 2011, proof of concept grant in 2014, consolidator grant in 2016, a Marie Curie fellowship, and an EMBO fellowship. She became principle editor for biomaterials for MRS communications (Cambridge University Press (2014) and she is a member of the advisory board of Advanced BioSystems and Journal of Applied Polymer Science (Wiley).

Axel Zeitler is the acting Co-Director of the Sensor CDT. He is a Professor of Microstructure Engineering in the Department Of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology and leads the Terahertz Applications Group. His expertise lies in terahertz spectroscopy and imaging as well as materials characterisation, non-destructive imaging, industrial sensor applications. He serves on the editorial advisory boards of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmaceutics.

Pietro Cicuta is Deputy Director. He is a Professor of Biological Physics in the Cavendish Laboratory. 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 a Professor of Analytical Biotechnology and leads the Cambridge Analytical Biotechnology (CABs) Group. 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 coordination of the programme and assists the Director in the running of the programme.

Karen Scrivener, Senior Administrator. Karen has over 30 years administrative experience.  She deals with inquiries, student and course administration.

External Advisory Board

Lara Allan is Executive Director at the Centre for Global Equality and Director of Implementation and Impact at the Cambridge Global Challenges Strategic Research Initiative. She has co-founded the Tshulu Trust in South Africa which enhances the livelihoods and well being of local communities through knowledge sharing with universities, capacity building and the creation of income generating opportunities. She is also an affiliated lecturer at the Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge.

Rosanna Greenop is our EPSRC representative. She is the newly appointed portfolio manager for analytical science (and computational and theoretical chemistry) 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.

Krikor Ozanyan is a Professor of Photonic Sensors & Systems at the University of Manchester.  He specialises in semiconductors, sensors, spectroscopy, solid-state, nano-structures, surfaces, optics, as well as photonics, imaging, tomography and electronics.

Michelle Peckham is a Professor of Cell Biology at the University of Leeds.  Her interests lie in molecular motors (myosins and kinesins), how their activity is regulated, and how they carry out their cellular functions.

Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley (Chair) 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.

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.

Iain Williams is Deputy Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Iain leads Defra’s science and research strategy and is responsible for advising on scientific capability requirements for the department, domestic and international research partnerships, independent scientific advice, and the use of emerging and disruptive technologies and methods (including leading the Defra’s Earth Observation policy). 

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:

Luca Aiello is a Senior Research Scientist in the Social Dynamics team at Bell Labs Cambridge, UK, and Research Fellow of the ISI Foundation in Torino. He is a former Research Scientist at Yahoo Labs Barcelona and London, and visiting scientist at the Center for Complex Networks and Systems at Indiana University. Luca conducts interdisciplinary research at the intersection of computational social science, network science, and urban informatics. He is co-founder of the goodcitylife.org initiative and co-organizer of DataBeers meetups in London.

Alan Blackwell is a Professor in Interdisciplinary Design at the Computer Laboratory. His research comprises design and build new information technologies, applying current methods from fields such as artificial intelligence, big data visualisation, internet of things and programming language design.  He is also Director of Research for the Global Challenges Initiative on the University of Cambridge. 

Raquel Costa is the Course Coordinator for the MPhil in Biotechnology at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (www.ceb.cam.ac.uk/biotech). With a background in Chemical Engineering (PhD, University of Cambridge, 2008), Raquel has worked on research and lecturing capacities before joining the MPhil in Biotechnology. She has a longstanding interest in the interface between universities and the labour market, and she has also worked as an analyst in a Higher Education setting supporting the development of new programmes.

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.

Ljiljana Fruk is a Lecturer in Bionanotechnology at the University of Cambridge. Her research interest is the use of bio and nanoelements to design materials for catalysis and tissue engineering. 

Diane Hatton is the Director of Cell Line Development and Engineering at AstraZeneca.  She leads a team who are responsible for the construction and characterisation of high-yielding stable cell lines that are suitable for large-scale production of clinical grade recombinant proteins; developing and evaluating associated enabling expression technologies and process improvements, and supporting regulatory submissions.

Aga Iwasiewicz-Wabnig is Director of Partnership Development at the Maxwell Centre. A physicist by training, who in her current role delivers a broad programme of industry-academia interactions and collaborations involving Physical Sciences and Technology research at the University of Cambridge.

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.

Katherine Smart is a Lecturer in Brewing and Distilling Sciences in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. Her research interests include yeast cell biology, fermentation sciences, brewing and distilling sciences, raw material supply chains, lignocellulosic conversion to biofuels and biorefining.  She is also a Professor of the University of Nottingham and the current President of the Institute of Brewing and Distilling.  She was the Head of the School of Biosciences and the SABMiller Professor of Brewing Sciences at the University of Nottingham until 2012. She then joined SABMiller PLC as Global Chief Brewer and subsequently held senior executive and Vice President roles in supply chain in SABMiller and ABInBev respectively.  In 2017, Katherine co-founded The Surrey Copper Distillery Limited, where she will continue to hold the advisory role of Distiller and Botanist.

Ian Wassell is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Technology.  He is course director for the MPhil in Advanced Computer Science (ACS) and for Part III of the Computer Science Tripos (CST). He has broad interests in the area of wireless communication, including radio propagation, the physical layer and applications such as sensor networks and the Internet of Things. He also conducts investigations concerning sparse data representation (e.g., compressive sampling) and image classification.

Student Representatives

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 under the supervision of Tijmen Euser in the Department of Physics.

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 under the supervision of Stafford Withington in the Department of Physics.

Francesca van Tartwijk (2017 cohort) has a background in natural sciences, specialising in biology. Her interest is high resolution microscopy.  She is conducting her PhD research under the supervision of Clemens Kaminski in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology.  Her research is in the area of the effect of FUS phase transition on local protein synthesis in axon termini and the implication for neurodegeneration.

Erika Bondareva (2018 cohort) has a background in Biomedical Engineering and is currently in the MRes year.