Members of the Vilar Research Group

Academic Staff
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  Ramon Vilar  

Prof. Ramon Vilar

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Ramon is Professor of Medicinal Inorganic Chemistry and EPSRC Leadership Fellow. He is the group leader; further information about him can be found in his College webpage

 
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Postdoctoral Researcher Associates
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 Jorge Gonzalez

Dr. Jorge Gonzalez

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Jorge is a Newton Postdoctoral Fellow in the group. His current project is aimed at developing highly selective binders for G-quadruplex DNA. In particular, his aim is to develop molecules that can selectively interact with one quadruplex structue over another.

Aaron

Dr Aaron Torres

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Aaron joined the group in November 2016 as a Postdoctoral Associate. His project focusses on developing new molecular receptors for arsenate and arsenite. These receptors will be used for arsenic remediation and sensing.

 
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PhD/MRes students
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 Katharina Reeh  

Katharina Reeh

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Katharina joined the group in October 2012 as an MRes student and is now continuing her research towards a PhD. Her project aims at developing optical probes for cellular imaging of phosphorylated inositols. She is associated to the Institute of Chemical Biology and is co-supervised by Dr. Woscholski.


Stephane Farias

Stephane Farias

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Stephane joined the group in October 2013. Her PhD project is aimed at developing highly emissive quadruplex DNA optical probes for single-molecule spectroscopic studies.

 Matt Reynolds

Matt Reynolds

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Matt joined the group in October 2013. His PhD project is aimed at developing novel MRI and optical probes targeted at nucleic acids. He is also developing new self-assembled nucleic acid super-structures to investigate in vitro the probes he develops. 

 Tiffany Chan  

Tiffany Chan

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Tiffany joined the group in October 2015 as part of the MRes/PhD program from the Centre for Neurotechnology. Her project is aimed at developing nanostructured materials for drug delivery and imaging. In particular, her project is aimed at targeting brain tumours. She is co-supervised by Dr James Choi (Bioengineering) and Dr Matthew Williams (Medicine).

 
Viktoria Urland

Viktoria Urland

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Viktoria became a member of the group in November 2014. Her project aims at establishing a high-throughput microdroplet based platform for evaluating quadruplex DNA binders.  Moreover, she also studies the effect of identified binders on the functional properties of quadruplex DNA sequences relevant to cancer. Her project is co-supervised by Prod Edel (Chemistry).

 

Caitlin Brown

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Caitlin joined the group in October 2014 as part of the MRes/PhD program from the Institute of Chemical Biology. Her project is aimed at understanding the relevance of triplex DNA in neurological disorders such as Friedreich's ataxia. She is co-supervised by Prof Festenstein (Medicine) and Prof Speck (Institute of Clinical Sciences)

Rainbow

Rainbow Lo

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Rainbow joined the group in October 2015 as part of the MRes/PhD program in Medical Imaging jointly ran by KCL and ICL. Her project is aimed at developing theranostic agents that target non-canonical DNA in vivo and can be monitored by PET/SPECT. Her project is jointly supervised by Dr Gilbert Fruhwirth (King’s College London) 

Carmen

Carmen Ruehl

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Carmen joined the group in October 2016 as a PhD student associated to the Institute of Chemical Biology. Her project aims at developing redox responsive molecules for DNA based on metal complexes.

 

Jay Bullen

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Jay joined the group in October 2015 as a PhD student. His project aims at developing and studying functional materials for the removal of arsenic from contaminated waters. His project is co-supervised with Prof Weiss (Earth Sciences and Engineering). 

 

Ben Lewis

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Ben joined the group in October 2016 as part of the MRes/PhD program from the Institute of Chemical Biology. His project is aimed at developing optical probes for cellular imaging of G-quadruplexes. His projects I co-supervised by Dr Kuimova (Chemistry) and Dr Vannier (Institute of Clinical Sciences).

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Martin Priessner

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Martin joined the group in October 2016 as part of the MRes/PhD program from the Centre for Neurotechnology. His project is aimed at studying Role of copper ions in the toxicity of α-synuclein in Parkison’s disease. His project is co-supervised by Dr Ying (Medicine), Dr DeSimone (Life Sciences) and Dr Sastre (Medicine).

Kaja

Kaja Ritzau-Reid

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Kaja joined the group in October 2016 as part of the MRes/PhD program from the Centre for Neurotechnology. Her projects is aimed at developing conductive polymer platforms for the integrated in vitro investigation of neural networks. Her project is co-supervised by Prof Stevens (Materials/Bioengineering). 

Lucy

Lucy Rowlands

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Lucy joined the group in October 2016 as part of the MRes/PhD program from the Institute of Chemical Biology. Her project focuses on developing targeted liposomal drug delivery systems using short strands of DNA as targeting molecules. Her project is sponsored by Astra Zeneca and co-supervised by Dr Law (Chemistry).

Florian

Florian Song

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Florian joined the group in October 2016 as part of the MRes/PhD program from the Institute of Chemical Biology. His project aims at developing novel theoretical methods to understand the folding/unfolding process of non-canonical DNA structures. His project is co-supervised by Prof Yaliraki (Chemistry), Prof Barahona (Mathematics) and Dr Ying (Medicine).

Phil

Phil Hynes

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Phil joined the group in October 2016 as part of a joint UCL/ICL doctoral program in Advanced Characterisation of Materials. His project is aimed at studying complex assemblies of DNA using high resolution AFM and a range of spectroscopic techniques. His project is co-supervised by Dr Hoogenboom (London centre for Nanotechnology).

Eric

Eric Antunes

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Eric joined the group in October 2016 as and MRes student in Drug Discovery. His project is aimed at studying G-quadruplexes in the promoters of oncogenes by gene editing techniques. His project is co-supervised by Dr Mann (Life Sciences)

 
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