Houston calling – Texas secondment for Swansea Centre for NanoHealth scholar
Dr Lewis Francis, a Senior Lecturer in NanoBiology, Reproductive Biology and Gynaecological Oncology at Swansea University’s Centre for NanoHealth, College of Medicine, has just returned to Wales after completing a four-month secondment in Houston, Texas, USA.
Dr Francis is the first academic from Swansea to undertake a secondment as part of the Swansea University-The Methodist Hospital Research Institute (TMHRI) collaborative, through which scientists from the two institutions have entered into a formal partnership to initiate research projects based on common scientific interests, and co-mentor graduate students for degrees in the areas of Medical Sciences and Engineering.
During his four month stay, Dr Francis, who is from Nelson, near Caerphilly, had a visiting scholar position in The Methodist Hospital Research Institute (TMHRI) and an adjunct professor position in the Natural Sciences Department at RICE University.
He is a leading expert in biological Atomic force microscopy (AFM), and he is heading up University collaborations with major academic centres in the UK, Texas, and with the industry’s leading manufacturer of scientific instruments for molecular and materials research Bruker, based in California.
Dr Francis, based at the Centre for NanoHealth, was invited to TMHRI to participate in collaborative research with investigators in the department of Nanomedicine. He is developing analysis tools to help understand the function of important proteins in dictating the functional environment that drives cell-cell and cell-particle interaction.
He said: “My primary area of research is in the integrated application of molecular, cell and nano-biology, to answer important clinical and basic biological questions in the areas of gynaecology, regenerative medicine and stem cell biology.
“My secondment involved reaching out to scientists within The Texas Medical Centre, the largest medical centre in the world, to increase awareness of the vast potential that Atomic force microscopy (AFM) has regarding the acquisition of biological, mechanical and electrical information on material and biological samples.
“My longer term research aim is exploring avenues for translational use of cell and molecular nano-mechanical research, to understand and quantify cell and tissue differentiation mechanisms.”
CNH Open Day
The Centre for NanoHealth opened its doors for a packed day of activities - 4th July 2013, Swansea University
The Centre for NanoHealth hosted a whole day of activities to showcase its expertise and capabilities on Thursday 4th July 2013.
During the day, students from Dylan Thomas Community School took part in a series of fun scientific experiments and activities such as jumping on corn flour and making ice cream with liquid Nitrogen, before viewing the CNH poster display area.
The day was followed by an evening of business networking when the centre hosted over 40 people from companies and industry leaders to view the facilities and the poster display area highlighting the latest research at CNH including Regenerative Medicine (Stem cells, Cartilage repair, Tissue scaffolds, Wound healing), Genotoxicology and Disease diagnosis, Rheology, Biosensors, Microneedles and Microfluidics.
Aaran Lewis won book vouchers for the best poster prize , which was voted & donated by ‘Learn About China’, on the “Investigation of Biochemical Fingerprints for Diagnosis of Lung Cancer”.
Visitors were also able to enjoy a tour of the centre and view the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. One company said “I thought it was a great success and the display of posters most impressive.”
Making ice cream with Liquid Nitrogen
CNH Newsletter July 2013
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