Dr Melanie Jimenez
- Research Associate (Biomedical Engineering)
My research spans disciplines, at the interface of engineering, physics and biology. My research interests include:
- Sample processing
- Particle/cell separation
- Biomedical engineering/medical diagnostics
- Water engineering
- I received an Eng. degree in chemical/process engineering from the ENSIACET engineering school (Toulouse, France), and a M.Sc. degree in Process Engineering and Environment from the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, both in September 2010.
- I achieved my Ph.D. within the BioSystems and Process Engineering Laboratory (France) and received a Ph.D. degree in 2013. During my Ph.D. thesis I worked in collaboration with SUEZ on new optical methods for characterizing mass transfer and hydrodynamic behaviors during aeration of wastewaters.
- From 2014 until June 2016, I joined Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, UK) within the Institute of Biological chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering (IB3). I was part of the EU AQUAVALENS project to develop label-free microfluidic devices for isolating pathogens from drinking water.
- From July 2016 until February 2016, I extended this microfluidic approach to the purification of manufactured red blood cells from STEM cells.
- Since February 2016, I work in Jon Cooper's group on advanced, low-cost and reliable medical diagnostics using microsystems.
Collaborative Funding (PI), EPSRC Physics of Life Network (2015)
Two-day workshop to promote new collaborations at the interface of biology and physical sciences with international leaders
Heriot-Watt EPSRC Impact Acceleration Award (co-I) (2015)
Development of new microfluidic tools for purifying manufactured red blood cells from STEM cells
Doctoral Fellowship (PI), French ministry of Higher Education (2010-2013)
Supporting top students to pursue with a Ph.D. thesis
Grant (co-I), funded by international company SUEZ (2010-2013)
Consumables and travels to international conferences/collaborations
Travel grant (PI), University of Toulouse (2009)
Supporting top 5% students to spend a semester in a foreign university
Merit scholarship (PI), French region Languedoc-Roussillon (2005-2009)
Supporting top 2% students to pursue post-graduate studies
I am mentoring/mentored the following Ph.D. students:
- Ewa Guzniczack, Heriot-Watt University (2015-…) Microfluidics for STEM cell purification
- Anusha Keloth, Heriot-Watt University (2015-…) Optofluidics for rare marine cell isolation
- Dr Brian Miller, University of Edinburgh (2014-2015) Large scale microfluidics for high throughput particle separation
Teaching assistant in fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, mass transfer and chemistry
- Invited to SET for BRITAIN 2016-Engineering
- SULSA prize for the best video about the importance of light in research (IOP video competition) (2015)
- Wellcome Trust "Frontiers Innovator" Award for talented and ambitious junior researchers looking to perform original interdisciplinary research (2015)
- Top papers "Innovation" session at international GLS12 conference (New-York, July 2015)
- Heriot-Watt Public Engagement 2015 prize in the category “Team award” (2015)
- Best microfluidic design award, RAEng Ingenious Scheme (2015)