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May 2022

Megan McFie

Congratulations to Megan McFie who has passed her PhD identiying drugs that regulate primary cilia in cartilage cells

24 May 2022

Megan has successfully completed her PhD which examined the effect of pharmaceutical compounds on primary cilia - solitary hair-like structures found on most cell type. Her PhD was part of a multidisciplinary collaboration between Prof Martin Knight and Dr Cleo Bishop. Primary cilia are known to coordinate a variety of … [more]

Workshop at the Wellcome Collection, 13th May 2022

Ana Sobrido selected to participate in the workshop "Working with Creative Industries"

13 May 2022

Ana was among the selected candidates to participate in the workshop organised by Plus Funds Programme and the University of Bristol (Dr Victoria Bates) on Working with Creative Industries. The workshop runs from May 2022 to June 2023, with a variety of activities directed to understand how to develop more impactful … [more]

SEMS Researchers Showcasing their work at a recent Industrial Liaison Forum

SEMS Academics Perform Exceptionally in REF 2021

12 May 2022

The scores have been announced for REF2021. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a 7 year cycle used to measure research and determine funding in UK universities. The result for SEMS is excellent as not only have we come seventh overall in Engineering amongst all 89 universities who were being assessed in … [more]

Prof. Andrew Livingston

Professor Andrew Livingston elected a Fellow of the Royal Society

10 May 2022

The Royal Society has elected Professor Livingston, Queen Mary’s Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation) and Professor of Chemical Engineering, as a new Fellow. The election is in recognition of Professor Livingston’s achievements in chemical engineering. During his distinguished career, he has worked to create new technology to … [more]

An Organ-on-a-Chip (Emulate, Inc)

Researchers at QMUL discuss the future of organ-on-a-chip models in new 'What is Biotechnology' article

6 May 2022

Prof Knight was interviewed, along with Prof Donald Ingber from the Weiss Institute and other leading figures working in the organ-on-a-chip technology, for a major new review article pubishished in 'What is biotechnology'. As the review explains, organs-on-a-chip are small devices designed to replicate key aspects of the physiological … [more]


April 2022

Muchun after her viva

Congratulations to Muchun Zhong on Passing Her PhD Viva

29 April 2022

Congratulations to Muchun Zhong passed her PhD viva on Friday 29 April 2022. Muchun’s thesis was titled "Investigation of silicon (on sapphire) with monolayers in LAPS and photoelectrochemical sensors". She was supervised by Steffi Krause and Michael Watkinson. Muchun presented her work at the International Symposium on … [more]

Research Paper 1st prize (Materials Engineering) to William Amoako Kyei-Manu, presented by Prof. Hazel Screen (Head of School)

5th Russell Binions Memorial PhD Research Symposium held at SEMS

27 April 2022

The 5th Russell Binions Memorial PhD Research Symposium was held in-person at Queen Mary University of London on 27th April 2022. Over 30 PhD students, in their 2nd and 3rd years, presented their research, to staff and students, in fields ranging from Biomedical, Materials to Mechanical and Robotics Engineering. We had a … [more]

Travis relaxing after the viva at home in the USA.

Travis Hohenberger successfully completes his PhD in the Soft Matter Group

26 April 2022

Travis Hohenberger has become the latest member of James Busfield's Research Group to pass their PhD exam. Travis completed his PhD viva on the 26th April defending a thesis entitled, "Prediction of Leakage in Elastomeric Seals for High Pressure Applications." This was the third industrially funded project … [more]

VSMC Mechanosensing

New paper on vascular smooth muscle cell pressure and stiffness sensing is published in Science Advances journal

15 April 2022

Our paper on vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) pressure and stiffness sensing is out in Science Advances. Congratulations to everyone involved and especially Pamela Swiatlowska and Brian Sit who are shared first authors. Our new findings show how the progression of atherosclerosis is affected by … [more]

MEng project presentation prize winners

MEng Group Project Presentation prize awarded at ILF April 2022

6 April 2022

Our MEng students presented their Research & Design Team Projects at the Industrial Liaison Forum on 6th April 2022. Our MEng students conduct team projects in their 4th year in groups of about 5 students. Currently towards the end of their projects, they were able to present a mix of prototypes, samples … [more]

MSc prize-winner, Ivan Tánczos

MSc Extended Research Project poster prize winners at ILF April 2022

6 April 2022

Our MSc students presented their Extended Research Projects at the Industrial Liaison Forum on 6th April 2022. Our MSc projects run from semester 1 through to August, so they are currently only about half-way through their projects. Nonetheless, they were able to give an excellent account of their work so far and … [more]

BEng poster prize winner, Ghala Alsaigh

BEng Research Project poster prize winners at ILF April 2022

6 April 2022

Selected 3rd year BEng students presented posters on their research projects at the Industrial Liaison on 6th April 2022. We had over 50 external visitors at the event from industry as well as Alumni. The posters were displayed at the Final Year Student Project Showcase in the morning, where a fantastic selection … [more]

Dr Fenwick kicks off the Industrial Liaison Forum in The Octagon

SEMS Industrial Liaison Forum April 2022

6 April 2022

Our bi-annual Industrial Liaison Forum was held in-person at Queen Mary University of London on 6th April 2022. We received over 50 external visitors from industry as well as Alumni. The day started with our final year student project showcase, where a fantastic selection of posters were presented by our BEng and … [more]

Ana enjoying the award ceremony at Drapers' Hall

Ana Jorge Sobrido shortlisted for Education Award

6 April 2022

Congratulations to Ana who was among the nominees for an Education Award in Teaching for Sustainable Development. The award ceremony  was held in the evening of Wednesday 6 April 2022, at Drapers' Hall in The City of London. Although she was not awarded the prize, Ana is  … [more]


March 2022

Dr Eleni Costa with Tina Chowdhury (QMUL) and Prof Anna David (UCL & UCLH)

Dr Eleni Costa defends Doctoral thesis with two clinical experts

29 March 2022

Enormous congratulations to Eleni Costa who defended her Doctoral PhD thesis entitled "repair mechanisms in fetal membrane defects after trauma, strain and fetal surgery". Eleni is working with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers and clinicans at SEMS (Tina Chowdhury), UCL/UCLH (Prof Anna David), KU Leuven (Prof … [more]

Logo of Royal Society

Ana J Sobrido awarded a Royal Society International Exchanges Grant with MIT

28 March 2022

Ana has been awarded a Royal Society International Exchanges Grant with MIT. This grant (March 2022 - March 2024) will start a new collaboration with Prof Brushett from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering Department) and his team. During this collaborative project Prof Brushett and several members of … [more]

Qian with her PhD examiners (Prof Dunn and Dr Steier) and her supervisor (Dr Ana J Sobrido)

Qian Guo passes her PhD viva

25 March 2022

Congratulations to Qian Guo for passing her viva on 25th March 2022 with Prof Steve Dunn and Dr Ludmilla Steier as examiners. Well done Qian! Qian's PhD project focused on the synthesis and study of photoelectrochemical systems based on hematite for photo-assisted water oxidation, supervised by Dr Ana Jorge Sobrido … [more]

QM Hyperlink Student Group

SEMS students working on Hyperloop project progress to the next stage of the 2022 European Hyperloop Week

24 March 2022

Hyperlink is a Queen Mary based student team developing a fully operational Hyperloop Pod prototype and researching the business, social and safety aspects of making the novel transportation system a reality. For the past two seasons, Hyperlink has been competing in the European Hyperloop Week conference. In January, the team … [more]

3D shape programmable multifunctional materials structures

Arnaud Kernin passes his PhD viva

17 March 2022

Congratulations to Arnaud Kernin for passing his PhD viva on 17 Mar 2022 with minor corrections. Arnaud researched on "Kirigami inspired 3D shape programmable multifunctional polymer nanocomposite structures", under the primary superision of Dr. Emiliano Bilotti [more]


February 2022

Features captured in supersonic closed cavity flows

Vasana M Don passes her PhD Viva

26 February 2022

Congratulations to Vasana M Don for passing her viva on Feb 24th 2022 with minor corrections. Vasana researched supersonic cavity flows using high performance simulations and experimental flow visualisation. She was supervised by Dr Fariborz Motallebi and Dr Eldad Avital. [more]

Connor's examiners were Dr Blandine Poulet (University of Liverpool) and Dr Simon Rawlinson (QMUL)

Connor Gains passes his PhD viva!

25 February 2022

Congratulations to Connor Gains for passing his viva on 25th February, with minor corrections. Connor was supervised by Prof Hazel Screen and Dr Thomas Iskratsch and funded through an EPSRC Industrial studentship working with TRB Chemedica, exploring different bio-lubricants for treating tendon injury. Connor is now working … [more]

BRONZE Level Award Certificate

Small steps to big changes – SEMS Bronze LEAF Award

17 February 2022

Among the great science that is taking place at the School of Engineering and Materials Science Queen Mary University London, we unfortunately unconsciously contribute to the growing problem of carbon footprint.  In 2014, it was estimated that overall lab plastics constitute ~ 1.8% to the global plastic waste. A new ULT freezer … [more]

The university generously provided me with a 25 year service award which I used to purchase this bench to go in a small orchard and nature reserve that I help manage in the Brecon Beacons in Wales.

25 Years of Service at Queen Mary for Prof Martin Knight

16 February 2022

Professor Knight writes: "I have officially been recognised as providing service to Queen Mary for 25 years! This goes back to my post doc years holding an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship based in the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) in Biomedical Materials. "It has been a pleasure and a privaledge … [more]

Dr Han Zhang joins the EPSRC Early Career Forum in Manufacturing Research

Queen Mary University of London scientist appointed to the EPSRC Early Career Forum in Manufacturing Research

1 February 2022

Dr Han Zhang, Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Materials Science, Queen Mary University of London, has been appointed as the member of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Early Career Forum (ECF) in Manufacturing Research in late 2021. The EPSRC ECF in Manufacturing Research aims to … [more]


January 2022

Internationally Accredited Degree IChemE

Chemical Engineering Programmes Accredited by IChemE

28 January 2022

Queen Mary University of London's School of Engineering and Materials Science has been granted accreditation for our Chemical Engineering programmes. The accrediting body is the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). They are the leading professional qualifying body for chemical, biochemical and process engineers. Accreditation is a mark of assurance … [more]

The in person recipients line up for a photo at the annual award ceremony. More than half of the staff in the photo are from SEMS.

SEMS Staff Receive Many Awards at the Science and Engineering Faculty Awards Ceremony.

27 January 2022

The Science and Engineering Faculty Celebration took place in the Octagon to a large assembled in person gathering and was broadcast simultaneously online to an even larger audience on the 27th January 2022. SEMS had a very large number of the awards with Andrew Spowage winning the Faculty Award for Internationalisation … [more]

Covid-19 testing kit that fits into backpack

Scientists develop Covid-19 testing lab in a backpack

26 January 2022

Researchers have created a simple Covid-19 testing lab that fits into a backpack providing a cheap and effective solution for low income or remote areas. In a new study, published in PLOS ONE and the Evening Standard, scientists from Queen Mary University of London show that their lab-in-a-backpack approach … [more]

Some of SEMS' staff preparing to enter the graduation ceremony on Monday evening.

450 SEMS Alumni Graduate at Tobacco Dock

18 January 2022

It was with great relief that Queen Mary University of London was able to restart in person graduation ceremonies for the first time in more than two years at Tobacco Dock in Wapping. The first celebration for the School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) students was on … [more]

Professor Sir Harshad Kumar Dharamshi Hansraj Bhadeshia

Eminent Materials Scientist Joins Queen Mary

10 January 2022

Professor Sir Harshad "Harry" Kumar Dharamshi Hansraj Bhadeshia, the Indian-British metals expert is joining Queen Mary University of London. Sir Harry will be entering the School of Engineering and Materials Science, where he will undertake research and continue to further the School’s profile and its work … [more]