Group Members

Vilar Research Group

Department of Chemistry

Andrew Surman (Final Year PhD)

Andy joined the group in October 2004 and is currently in the final year of his PhD. His project focuses on the synthesis and characterization of gadolinium(III) complexes for use as MRI contrast agents.

Neil Wilson (3rd Year PhD)

Neil joined the group in October 2006 and is currently finishing a MRes in Chemical Biology as part of a 4-year MRes/PhD program. His project focuses on the development of molecular optical probes for intracellular NO sensing and molecular receptors for selective CO binding. This project is being carried out jointly with Dr. Woscholski, Prof. Nick Long and Prof. Tony Gee (GSK)

Beeta Balali-Mood (3rd Year PhD)

Beeta joined the group in October 2006 as an MRes student in Bioimaging Sciences. She finished the master degree in September 2007, and is currently a PhD student in the group. Her project focuses on the development of ‘caged’ gadolinium(III) complexes as less toxic MRI contrast agents. This project is being carried out jointly with Dr. Joachim Steinke (Imperial College)

E-mail: a.surman@imperial.ac.uk

E-mail: neil.wilson06@imperial.ac.uk

E-mail: beeta.balali-mood06@imperial.ac.uk

Postdoctoral Research Associates

Former PhD and Postdoctoral Associates

PhD Students

Daniela Rais

Gareth Owen

Yusuf Ngenya

Hayley Burkill

Jordi Tovilla

Ute Christmann

Julie Reed

Antonio Ballisai

Marianna Mirabelli

Jonathan Martinelli

Anna Arola

 

Postdoctoral Research Associates

Pilar Formentin

Pilar Diaz

Nelida Gimeno

Enrico Faggi

Inmaculada Angurell

Fernando Herranz Rabanal

 

 

Kogularamanan Suntharalingam (2nd Year PhD)

Rama joined the group in October 2008 after completing his final year MSc project in our group. His project aims at developing metal complexes that can selectively interact with specific quadruplex DNA structures.

E-mail: kogularamanan.suntharalingam04@imperial.ac.uk

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Chirag Patel (2nd Year PhD)

Chirag joined the group in October 2007 in a 4-year MRes/PhD program in Chemical Biology. The aim of his project is to develop polymeric materials that can selectively bind phosphorylated peptides and in doing so be used for the separation and identification of this type of biomolecule. This project is being carried out jointly with Dr. David Mann (Molecular and Cell Biology - Imperial College) and Dr. Joachim Steinke (Chemistry - Imperial College)

E-mail: chirag.patel03@imperial.ac.uk

Dr. Krishna K. Damodaran

Krishna joined the group in December 2009 as a Marie-Curie Fellow (IIF). He completed his PhD in structural analysis of hydrogen-bond based coordination networks from CSMCRI India - Bhavangar University.  After completing his PhD he spent two years as a postdoctoral associate in the State University of New York.  He is currently working on the development of receptors based on lanthanides for the selective recognition of biologically relevant phosphate anions.

E-mail: k.damodaran@imperial.ac.uk

Postgraduate Students

Emma joined the group in October 2008 to carry out her MRes project. In October 2009 she started her PhD project in the group. The aim of her project is to develop selective optical probes for the cellular imaging of phosphatidylinositols. Her project is co-supervised by Dr. Rudiger Woscholski (Molecular and Cell Biology - Imperial College).

Emma Behjat (1st year PhD)

E-mail: hamasseh.behjat08@imperial.ac.uk

Sheena joined the group in October 2009 to carry out a PhD in cancer imaging. Her project aims at developing novel magnetic resonance probes to image matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). Her project is co-supervised by Prof. Eric Aboagye (Division of Surgery, Oncology, Reproductive Biology and Anaesthetics—Imperial College). 

Sheena Cowell (1st year PhD)

E-mail: sheena.cowell05@imperial.ac.uk

Dr. Savvas N. Georgiades

Savvas joined the group in November 2007. After completing his PhD at Harvard University, he spent one year as post-doctoral associate in The Scripps Research Institute. Currently, his project is aimed at developing novel quadruplex DNA-binding agents.

E-mail: s.georgiades@imperial.ac.uk

Nurul Huda Abd Karim (3rd Year PhD)

Nurul joined the group in January 2008. Her project aims at developing metal complexes that can selectively interact with specific quadruplex DNA structures.

E-mail: n.abd-karim07@imperial.ac.uk

Gillian joined the group in October 2008 in a 4-year MRes/PhD program in Chemical Biology. The aim of her project is to develop selective receptors for phosphatidylinositols using dynamicl combinatorial chemistry approaches. Her project is co-supervised by Dr. Rudiger Woscholski (Molecular and Cell Biology - Imperial College).

Gillian Whyte (1st year PhD)

E-mail: gillian.whyte08@imperial.ac.uk

 

Beata joined to group in November 2009 to carry out her MRes in Bioimaging Sciences research project. Her research aims at designing optical probes for quadruplex DNA sequences with particular interest in the promoter regions of certain genes relevant to cardiovascular disease. Her project is supervised by Dr. Liming Ying, Dr. Nigel Brand and Prof.  Schneider (School of Medicine—Imperial College)

Beata Klejevskaja  (MRes)

E-mail: beata.klejevskaja09@imperial.ac.uk

Dr. Gabriella Buscemi

Gabriella joined the group in March 2009. She carried out her PhD in the University of Padova on organometallic catalysis. Her current project aims at developing novel catalyst for the fast carbonylation of organic compounds. Ultimately, these catalysts will be used in microfluidic devices to incorporate 11CO into PET probes for drug discovery.

E-mail: g.buscemi@imperial.ac.uk