Hi, I’m Hanna and I’m a scientist. This website is to share share my passion for research along with the ups and downs of experimental science.
I started my science career with a Physics degree, followed by a PhD researching Membrane-Protein interactions and three years as a Post Doctoral researcher, working on the CAPITALS programme characterising membranes at Imperial College London. I have recently moved to Karolinska Institute, Stockholm to start a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Research Fellowship. Most of my days are spent in the laboratory, mixed in with some research trips to large scale X-ray and neutron facilities. This website is my personal one, reflecting my own views and opinions, for my professional.
What do I do?
My main research interest is cell membranes. Cell membranes are diverse, dynamic structures responsible for compartmentalisation within and around the cell. Rather than simply providing an outer shell, they are actively involved in processes ranging from regulation of cell contents to signalling pathways. Generally they are composed of a mixture of lipids and proteins, but the precise composition will depend highly on the cell type, location of the membrane, and surrounding conditions.
What is CAPITALS?
The CAPITALS Programme is a large-scale collaboration between leading groups at Imperial College London, Durham University, the University of Leeds, the University of Cambridge and the University of Nottingham. We’re working at the forefront of the emerging field of molecular membrane engineering to design and construct new biologically-inspired devices and systems based on lipid bilayer structures. If you would like to know more check out our webpage. www.capitals-programme.org/
What is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Research Fellowship?
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA), have taken their name from the double Nobel Prize winning Polish-French scientist Marie Skłodowska-Curie who was known for her work on radioactivity. They are grants to support researchers at all stages of their careers, irrespective of nationality. Researchers working across all disciplines, from life-saving healthcare to ‘blue-sky’ science, can write projects to apply for funding. A key aspect of my Fellowship was the requirement to move abroad and gain experience working in a different country. I have joined the Stevens Group in the Division of Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. If you would like to know more about these fellowships take a look at the EU page here.