Current Members

Group Leader

Dr Ruchi Gupta
School of Chemistry
Haworth Building
University of Birmingham

Email: r.gupta.3@bham.ac.uk

PDRAs

Dr Claire McMaster grew up in Northamptonshire, England. In 2008 she graduated from the University of Warwick with a Masters degree in chemical biology. She subsequently obtained a PhD in organic chemistry in 2012, under the supervision of Dr Richard Grainger at the University of Birmingham. Her PhD research was focused on the radical mediated reactions of dithiocarbamates. She then undertook a medicinal chemistry post-doc at Palacky University, Czech Republic, where her research focused on generating libraries of compounds with potential medicinal properties. Claire returned to the UK in 2016 to undertake post-doc positions at the University of Glasgow under the supervision of Prof Richard Hartley and Dr David France. These projects involved synthesis of molecular probes and fluorescently labelled drug molecules. Claire joined Dr Ruchi Gupta’s group as a post-doc in July 2020.

Email: C.McMaster@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sameh El Sayed received his Master degree in chemistry at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) in 2012 and Ph.D. at the same university in 2015 with Professor Martínez-Máñez. His research areas of interest were the synthesis of chromo-fluorogenic sensors and molecular probes for the detection of anions, cations and neutral species. After a postdoctoral period at university of Pavia (Italy), he joined the Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine center (CIBER-BBN) Spain under Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral fellowship for 2 years. His research areas of interest  was the development of nanomaterials for sensing and smart delivery applications. In 2018 he joined school of chemistry in university of Birmingham (UK) under Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship for two years under supervion of Dr. F. F. Trillo for the devlopment of Polyion complex (PIC) nanoparticles for delivering of antimicrobial peptides. Subsequently, he joined Dr Ruchi Gupta’s group as Post-doctoral Research Associate in June 2020.

Email: S.ElSayed@bham.ac.uk

Dr. Anil Kumar Pal grew up in Cuttack, India. In 2012, he graduated from Pondicherry University with Master’s degree in Physics and where he joined for PhD in Condensed Matter Physics in 2012 supervised by Dr. D. Bharathi Mohan. His research was based on surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) detection of hemoglobin and DNA molecules using super hydrophobic, reusable metal/semiconductor/metal (Ag/ZnO/(Ag,Au,Pt)) 3D SERS substrates. He completed PhD degree in 2018 and joined Dr. Ruchi Gupta’s group as Post-doctoral Research Associate. His current research is based on the development of hydrogel grating biosensors for real time monitoring of chronic wound healing.

Email: A.K.Pal@bham.ac.uk

PhD Students

Third Year

Thomas Wensley grew up in North Tyneside. He studied analytical chemistry at Newcastle College and subsequently at the University of Hull. During these these periods of studies, he worked as a technician, supporting hydrogeochemical research and teaching at the Newcastle University and subsequently upstream research at Procter & Gamble, working on incorporating iron-catalysed radical formation systems into low-bleach detergent formulations. In March 2017, he started studying a Research Masters degree with the topic of A Leaky Waveguide Immunosensor for Determining Average Iron Content of Serum Ferritin, supervised by Dr. Ruchi Gupta. In September 2017, Thomas began studying a PhD, focusing on development of a polymeric leaky waveguide sensor for internally referenced and independent detection of pH and chlorine.

Email: TXW691@student.bham.ac.uk

Elisabetta Labella grew up in Basilicata, Italy and graduated at the Università degli Studi di Genova (Italy) with a Master of Physics degree in Experimental Physics of Condensed Matter. Her thesis was about the magneto-plasmonic properties of nickel nanoparticles in bidimensional arrays. In September 2017 Elisabetta started her PhD in Chemistry with the aim to design an interferometric biosensor integrated with electrokinetic transport and preconcentration for rapid measurement of low concentration analytes for point-of care applications.

Email: EXL745@student.bham.ac.uk

Second Year

Hazel Dixon grew up in Morecambe, Lancashire, and studied Chemistry at the University of Central Lancashire. In 2017 Hazel graduated with an integrated Master’s degree in Chemistry, after completing a project on electrochemical polymer synthesis for biosensing applications with Professor Subrayal Reddy. Following this she completed a short research placement at the University of São Paulo with Professor Thiago Paixão. In October 2018 Hazel began studying for her PhD in the Gupta group, focusing on the development of internally referenced biosensors based on optical waveguides for point-of-care applications such as facilitating judicious use of antibiotics.

Email: HJD839@student.bham.ac.uk

William-Glover Humphreys grew up in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK. He studied a master’s degree in chemistry at the University of Hull. In 2016 he worked in industry at GAMA Heathcare, a world leader in infection prevention and control. During this time, William worked on in situ production of Peracetic acid for wound dressings. In 2018 William graduated with a Masters degree in chemistry from the University of Hull. His thesis was on Novel Liquid Crystals with Lateral and Terminal Polar Moieties – Targeting Dual Frequency Dielectric Anisotropy supervised by Dr Mike Hird. In 2019 William started his PhD under the supervision of Dr Ruchi Gupta focusing on Fabrey-Pérot interferometer using a hydrogel medium for wound fluid biosensing.   

Email: WXG826@student.bham.ac.uk

First Year

Nicola Toole grew up in Merseyside and studied Chemistry at the University of Central Lancashire. In 2017, Nicola graduated with a first class integrated Masters degree in Chemistry. After focusing on organic synthetic chemistry throughout her undergraduate degree, she then proceeded to complete a thesis on “Low Temperature Thermal Ring Closure Reactions – Reversible by Visible Light” under the supervision of Dr Richard McCabe. In January 2019, Nicola began her PhD at the University of Birmingham in the Gupta group.

Email: NXT900@student.bham.ac.uk

Associate Members

Luke Jones is the Research Administration Officer for the School of Chemistry, providing post-award support for research activity. After studying for Degrees in English and Law, Luke joined the University of Birmingham in 2012 providing pre-award research support in the College of Arts and Law. In 2014 he moved to Strategic Projects, helping to develop and manage innovation projects and increase the University’s engagement with small-to-medium size enterprises. Based within Chemistry since 2019, Luke also acts as a point of contact for support for University systems such as WorkTribe and PURE.

Email: L.Jones.2@bham.ac.uk