BSc Physics University of Dundee, Scotland.
Experience And Previous Research
International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition Dundee iGEM Team, 2013
The 2013 Dundee iGEM team was highly interdisciplinary consisting of 10 individuals studying degrees in microbiology, biomedical science, biochemistry, mathematics, computing and physics. We took part, competing against teams of University students worldwide to create the innovative and useful genetically engineered biological system. As a physics student on the team, I helped carry out mathematical modelling along-side the mathematicians and produced an electronic environmental sensor while providing input and feedback on the biology and direction which the project took.
Awards (Undergraduate Division):
Winners of European Jamboree
Best Presentation: Awarded both at European Finals and World Championships
CiCaSS Undergraduate Research Group University of Dundee - Summer 2012 & Summer 2014
2012: Undergraduate Research Group (URG) with the Concepts & Innovations in Cavitation and Sonoptic Sciences (CiCaSS). This consisted of taking part in a project investigating keystroke dynamics (the study of unique and identifiable keyboard typing patterns) and potential new applications of the typing patterns using both keystroke timing and pressures. This project also included the creation of a touch based computer input system.
2014: Focus on Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and attempts to carry out high speed videography of the oscillating cantilever tip. The aim was to visually observe the cantilever vibration and to then map any higher harmonics at which it vibrated when making impact with sample surfaces. Single cell (Keratinocyte) gene expression was also investigated which provided me with training in cell culture, RT-qPCR and application of the TAQMAN assay. Finally, an investigation was initiated into the potential force which can be applied by a recently synthesized molecular “muscle”. Again this force analysis was made by use of AFM systems.
N. Ahmad, A. Szymkowiak and P. A. Campbell, Keystroke Dynamics in the pre-Touchscreen Era Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Dec2013.