Current Members

Group Leader

Dr Ruchi Gupta
School of Chemistry
Haworth Building
University of Birmingham

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

PDRAs

Dr. Shirsendu Mitra was born and raised in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. He received a B.Sc. degree in chemistry and a B.Tech. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Calcutta, India, in 2010 and 2013, respectively. After his B.Tech, he worked in Akzo Nobel India Limited, Bangalore as a production supervisor in Coil and Extrusion industrial coating plant. At this juncture, he decided to move on with his research career and joined the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati in 2014 as a PhD Research Scholar and completed PhD in March 2020. He had been working as an Early Career Postdoctoral Fellow at the Discipline of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar since October 2020 and until joining the University of Birmingham as a Research Associate. So far, he has worked in the fields of active particle motion, computational and experimental electrokinetics, bio-sensing, and active matter physics. He has a lot of interest in teaching and delivering fundamentals of research ideas in several academic and non-academic forums. 
Email: s.mitra@bham.ac.uk

Leanne Kellermann, born and raised in South Africa, completed her IGCSE education in the Middle East when her family immigrated to Doha, Qatar. She obtained her bachelor’s (BSc) in Chemistry and Polymer Science and Masters (MIng) in Chemical Engineering at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Thereafter she stepped into industry for three years focussing on research and product development; working at an African mining company and The Ocean Cleanup in the Netherlands. She then returned to academia and obtained her PhD at Stellenbosch University in Polymer Science with a project titled: Hydrogels as male contraceptives. This entailed the development of a novel, injectable, biocompatible, and dynamic hydrogel for the use as a vas occlusive device. She joined the Gupta group, as a Research Fellow, in July 2022 to work on hydrogel synthesis for cancer detection.
Email: l.kellermann@bham.ac.uk

PhD Students

Final 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

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

Second Year

Duilio Didona was born and grew up in Rome. He has received a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering and a Master’s degree in Nanotechnology from Sapienza University of Rome. The topic of his Master’s degree thesis was drug delivery by means of liposomes. In September 2020 he joined Dr Ruchi Gupta’s group as a PhD student. The project he works on is focused on the development of an optical interferometric biosensor integrated with microchip electrophoresis for applications in point-of-care diagnostics.
Email: DXD091@student.bham.ac.uk

First Year

Aulia Hapsari was born and grew up in Indonesia. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. She continued her master’s degree in chemistry at the same university with a thesis project focused on the fabrication of polyelectrolyte complex film for the release of an antioxidant. In 2018, she joined the Department of Chemistry, Universitas Gadjah Mada as a lecturer and a researcher. In June 2022, she started her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Ruchi Gupta. Her study will focus on developing leaky waveguide (LW) biosensors integrated with isotachophoresis (ITP) for DNA detection.
Email: ARH183@student.bham.ac.uk

Research Visitors

Nicolas Sannini grew up in Marseille in France. He is currently a master’s student at the Polytech Marseille engineering school in the biomedical field. He joined Dr Gupta’s team as an ERASMUS Plus student with a view to enriching his knowledge in the field of biosensors.
Email: nicolas.sannini1@gmail.com

Nikita Aggarwal grew up in Haryana, India. She is pursuing B.Tech in Chemical Engineering at IIT Delhi. She joined Dr Gupta’s group as an off-site summer internee to do research on a project titled dynamics and force analysis of levitated droplets under transient pressure acoustic fields.
Email: Nikita.Aggarwal.ch120@chemical.iitd.ac.in

Euan Pattinson grew up in Leicester and is currently studying for a master’s degree in Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. He is currently undertaking a summer internship under Dr Gupta looking at how photocrosslinkable hydrogels can be used as leaky waveguides for particle detection, hoping to develop skills for research and explore a new part of chemistry.
Email: EXP942@student.bham.ac.uk

Charlotte Stevenson grew up in Birmingham and is currently studying for a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry at the University of Birmingham. She is undertaking a summer internship under Dr Gupta looking at how photocrosslinkable hydrogels can be used as leaky waveguides for protein detection and, hoping to develop skills for research while exploring some new parts of Chemistry she hasn’t experienced yet.
Email: CLS951@student.bham.ac.uk