Research Associate in Mechano-Chemical Fabrication
Academic Division: Manufacturing and Management
Research group: Production Processes
Dr Niamh Willis-Fox is a Research Associate in the Fluids in Advanced Manufacturing (FIAM) Group working as part of an Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) tackling Targeted Therapeutic Delivery for hard-to-treat cancers. The IRC comprises clinicians, chemists and engineers working to develop, manufacture and characterise the vehicles/devices required to deliver therapeutics for the treatment of four hard-to-treat cancers: mesothelioma, pancreatic cancer and two types of brain cancer – glioblastoma and ependymoma. As part of a cross-cutting theme of this collaboration Niamh examines the science underpinning the design and manufacture of various drug delivery devices. In particular, her research focuses on quantifying the change in function and structure during manufacture and use of the materials within each device.
Niamh carried out her PhD research at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, under the supervision of Dr Rachel C. Evans. Her research involved characterising the structural and optical properties of conjugated polymer materials for sensors and solid-state lighting. During this time Niamh obtained a Fulbright Student Award which she undertook in the lab of Prof. Tim Swager at MIT, Boston. This project investigated the self-assembly of conjugated polymer-based host-guest systems and their consequent optical properties. Prior to her PhD, Niamh obtained a B.A. Mod. in Chemistry from Trinity College Dublin, during which time she was appointed as a Scholar of the university. As an undergraduate she was granted a SURE bursary to carry out a project investigating reproducible methods to transfer surface roughness in the lab of Prof. Jacob Israelachvili at the University of California Santa Barbara.
Department role and responsibilities
Engineering Department Postdoc Committee, Division E representative