Harrison-Meldola Memorial Prize 2016 Winner


Dr Sarah Staniland
Dr Sarah Staniland
The University of Sheffield

 

Awarded for her understanding and exploitation of biomineralisation to produce next-generation magnetic nanoparticles via biomimetic syntheses

 

 


About the Winner


Sarah S Staniland obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Edinburgh (MChem 2001) and stayed in chemistry there to complete a PhD in magnetic materials under the supervision of Profs. Andrew Harrison and Neil Robertson (2005). After her PhD she won a prestigious independent EPSRC life science interface fellowship (2005-2008) at the University of Edinburgh where she initiated the research she is currently active in. This helped her transition from the chemical material sciences to interdisciplinary work at the interface with biology. She took this opportunity to live and work in various places globally, from Cape Town to Tokyo, forming lasting collaboration with key leaders in their field. She then moved to the University of Leeds to take up a Lectureship in Bionanoscience in the School of Physics and Astronomy where she was promoted to Associate Professor (2008-2013). She has now moved to Sheffield as a Senior Lecturer in Bionanoscience.

Her research interests centres around the biomimetic synthesis of nanomaterials, particularly nanomagnetic particles and how they are produced within magnetic bacteria. 

From a basis of material chemistry and PhD in magnetic materials, Sarah has moved into a multidiscipline approach of using biology to control material synthesis. Current research topics include adapting/enhancing native magnetosomes for biomedical applications, investigating biomineralisation protein mediated particle synthesis in vitro as well as biomimetic nanomaterial design on surfaces and in arrays. This multidisciplinary field requires a highly-skilled, open-minded and diverse research team, which she is lucky to have and is passionate about developing. She is a mother of two young children (2 and 5) and as a family enjoy combining walking their dog in the peak district with a lovely meal in a real-ale pub.


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