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Fellows returning to Engineering

Dr Margarita Fernandez-Chas

With a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Sussex, Margarita worked between 2002 and 2007 as a full time lecturer overseas. She and her family relocated to the UK in 2007 when she decided to place her career on hold until 2013 to help settle her young children. She returned to science in 2013 thanks to the support of the Daphne Jackson Trust and King's College London where she currently works developing computational models to predict the effect of chemotherapy drugs on the heart of cancer patients. Her training includes learning how to extract information from medical images to combine it with large scale models of the heart using advanced computational methods in order to explore how changes at cellular scale progress to the organ scale. She expects to use this insight to propose new directions that could help improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Host: King’s College London 
Sponsor: Royal Academy of Engineering


Dr Jharna Paul

After finishing my PhD in Measurement and Instrumentation Engineering at City University London and a period of research modelling optical metamaterials at University of Glasgow (UoG), I worked for a year as a physics teacher. I then took a four year career break to bring up my two children. The Fellowship has provided me with a unique opportunity to return to work and develop my career in scientific and engineering research.

With support from the Trust and my supervisor at UoG, I developed a project on plasmonic nanoantennas for the detection of proteins in water. Proteins are vital for cell function and their detection is important to understand biomaterial behaviour, and early diagnosis and cure of disease. I am learning new modelling and fabrication tools using the advanced facilities at the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre in UoG. I am looking forward to continuing my research in the Advanced Optical Sensing Applications.

Host & Sponsor: University of Glasgow


Dr Wenye Tian

Wenye gained her PhD degree from Xi’an Jiaotong University and completed her postdoctoral research in Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Then she worked for Institut für Mechanik of Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg, Germany, and the University of British Columbia Canada, Canada, receptively as research fellow and research scientist. She is currently a Daphne Jackson Research Fellow working with Newcastle University. She has undertaken a number of training courses, such as Marine and Offshore Structure and Systems, Marine and Offshore Mechanics, Advance Hydrodynamics and Professional Skill. Her research interests cover a wide scope spanning from structural health condition monitoring, fracture mechanics, hydrodynamics, to offshore structure design. Currently, her research interest is focused on the design of marine and offshore structures e.g. offshore wind and tidal turbines. She investigates the dynamic responses of various concepts of offshore structures in different sea climates, identifies the potential risks, and then develops method to mitigate them.

Host & Sponsor: University of Newcastle