LAB MEMBERS

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DR. NURIA OLIVA-JORGE

Group Leader - Imperial College Research Fellow

After graduating with a BSc in Organic Chemistry from IQS (Barcelona, Spain), Nuria moved to the US, where she received her PhD in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics (MEMP) at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) in 2016. In 2018, Nuria received a postdoctoral fellowship within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (Horizon 2020) to carry out a collaborative project between Institut Quimic de Sarria and Imperial College London.

Nuria is now an Imperial College Research Fellow leading her group at the intersection of biomaterials, biology and medicine.

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TONI DURAN MOTA

Bioengineering PhD student at Materials Engineering Group (GEMAT) in Institut Químic de Sarrià (IQS) and Erasmus International Fellow at Imperial College London

I am a chemist with a wide background in materials engineering. During my PhD in IQS, I have developed and optimized a brand new material for DNA and RNA transfection of human dermal fibroblasts. In collaboration with the Almquist and Oliva labs at Imperial College London, our future scope is to encapsulate a combination of miRNA segments and use our material to synergistically improve wound healing in diabetic foot ulcers.
Music and spending time in nature are my main hobbies. I have also played many sports as handball, swimming, water polo or even boxing. Recently, I have started to participate in some exciting obstacles races… which reminds me of the life of a researcher!

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ANNA RHODES

Molecular Bioengineering Undergraduate Student at Imperial College London

Originally from Chicago, Anna moved to England at age 14. She is currently in the third year of her molecular bioengineering undergraduate degree at Imperial College London. Some of her interests include genetics, the novel engineering behind advanced medicine, tissue engineering and biomimetics. Anna joined the Oliva lab in September 2020 - she is looking forward to exploring the interface between biomaterials and epigenetics and the multitude of applications that stem from it.

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APARNA LOECHER

Molecular Bioengineering Undergraduate Student at Imperial College London

I grew up in the US till age 13 and then lived in Germany before coming to UK for my undergraduate degree. I am now completing my third year in molecular bioengineering at Imperial College London. Some of my interests in this field include regenerative medicine, genomics and cancer and I love to learn and discover new things in these areas. I am excited to undertake a UROP this summer in the Oliva lab where I will explore nanoparticle-based gene therapy to treat metastatic breast cancer. 


I love to spend my free time running, going to the gym, doing yoga, and reading. Some of my other hobbies include traveling and surfing. 

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ARYAMAN KASHYAP

Molecular Bioengineering Undergraduate Student at Imperial College London

After spending a large part of my life in India, I came to London in 2018 for my undergraduate studies. I am interested in studying the underlying epigenetic mechanisms responsible for skin ageing. During my time at the Oliva Lab, I wish to develop a hydrogel to suitably alter levels of a certain enzyme that is responsible for epigenetic alterations.


I enjoy MMA with a strong focus on strikes. When my knees don’t pain, another source of fun for me would be short, powerful sprints.

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ANNIKA KESHU

Molecular Bioengineering undergraduate student at Imperial College London

Born in India, I moved to London and have grown up here for the past decade. My fascination with the fields of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine began whilst I undertook an EPQ during my A Levels, after which I took a gap year to learn about the field of bioinformatics. I am now in my second year of Molecular Bioengineering at Imperial and I am looking forward greatly, this year in the Oliva lab, to learn about and explore the use of biomaterials in regenerative medicine.

In my spare time, I love to read books (specifically the fantasy-adventure genre) and watch movies and TV shows on Netflix :) Although I have never won a single game (yet…), I enjoy playing chess too.

 

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WANG YUWEN

Chemistry Research Postgraduate Student at Imperial College London

I’m from China. In the Oliva lab, I will focus on developing a biodegradable and injectable hydrogel to promote chondrogenesis. I've had meniscus surgery before, so I can feel the discomfort of damaged articular cartilage. I hope that through future research, more people will be able to avoid a series of diseases caused by cartilage damage.


My main hobbies are basketball and swimming. Also, I like to travel to different parts of the world, experience different cultures and communicate with different people. I think a diversified life is very great!

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LANJUN LIU

Nanomaterial MRes student at Imperial College London

I’m studying Nanomaterials in the Chemistry Department at Imperial College London. With a background in Material Sciences, I find discovering new things in chemistry and biology challenging but exciting. In my postgraduate study in the Oliva Lab, I will be exploring the connection between biomaterials and biology of aging.
I always enjoy exercising in my spare time, such as climbing, swimming and dancing. Also, music is one of my favorites.

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SHAZA KARAMAN

Biomedical Engineering MSc Student, Biomaterials Stream

Originally from Palestine, I was born and raised in the U.A.E. where I also obtained my Bachelor’s in Biomedical Engineering. In pursuit of my wide research dreams, I applied to Imperial by chance and joined the Oliva Lab. Here, I will be exploring my most beloved division of bioengineering, the study of inflammation, and I will be working particularly with a biomaterial designed by Dr. Oliva herself.


I am a great movie enthusiast. In my free time, I enjoy dancing, swimming and outdoor activities (preferably in the sun). If you like sarcastic jokes, just start a conversation with me.