Zoomposium 6: 29 July 2020

Published: 29 July 2020

Dr MOHAMED KHAMIS: 'Privacy-respecting ubiquitous systems' Dr SHAN KUMAR: 'Multifunctional Materials Enabled by Additive Manufacturing and Nanoengineering' Dr JESKO KOHNKE: 'Natural product biosynthesis and engineering'

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Dr Mohamed Khamis, School of Computing Science
'Privacy-respecting ubiquitous systems'

Mohamed Khamis is a Lecturer of Human-centred Security at the School of Computing Science. He received his PhD from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. His research is at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and security. He focuses on understanding the security and privacy threats that are facilitated/caused by ubiquitous technologies and designing and evaluating usable systems for improving security and privacy. He has over 70 publications in HCI and security and received 5 paper awards. He is an active member of the research community (PC member of ACM CHI since 2019). 


Dr Shan Kumar, James Watt School of Engineering
'Multifunctional Materials Enabled by Additive Manufacturing and Nanoengineering'

The emergence of micro-, nano-, and molecularly-tailored multi-material systems, particularly those enabled by additive manufacturing (AM) technologies, facilitates the design of new and enhanced functionalities. This talk will provide an overview of four such multidisciplinary research activities of my group enabled by AM and Nanoengineering: (i) enhanced performance of multilayers, (ii) biomaterials and bio-inspired design of materials, (iii) multiscale and multifunctional fiber composites and (iv) architected and metamaterials. I am keen on engaging with larger set of colleagues who have complementary expertise in the following areas: nano-, micro-, and multiscale-composites; materials energy storage and harvesting; 4D printing & nanomaterials; materials for sensing & actuation; biomaterials & biomimetics; camouflage & soft composites; lightweight, cellular, architectured and metamaterials; thermal barrier, protective & functional coatings; sustainable materials & technologies.


Dr Jesko Kohnke, School of Chemistry
'Natural product biosynthesis and engineering'

Natural sources have been highly important for the discovery of new drugs, offering compounds that possess exciting and potent bioactivities. The development of many promising natural products is significantly hampered by the difficulties associated with the generation of novel analogs. My work focuses on understanding natural product biosynthesis through biochemistry and structural biology. The overall aim is to enable the production of novel analogs with improved efficacy for biological testing.

I am looking to collaborate with microbiologists to discover novel natural products, people who have systems that would be suitable to test the compounds we have (for example infection models) and people who have an interesting biological question that could be partially answered using structural biology.

First published: 29 July 2020