Imperial College London
Research Project: Targeted iron oxide nanogels for ovarian cancer hyperthermia therapy
Supervisors: Dr Nazila Kamaly (ICL), Prof Nguyễn Thị Kim Thanh (UCL)
Sofia graduated from Imperial College London with a MSci in Chemistry in 2022. During her undergraduate degree, she worked on modelling the interactions between bioreceptors and graphene for biosensing applications in the Torrisi group. For her final year project, Sofia synthetised a series of small pyridine macrocycles for rotaxane formation under the supervision of Dr Jamie Lewis. Sofia’s PhD project aims to develop a highly novel targeted magnetic nanotherapy based on magnetic nano-composites made of an iron oxide nanoparticles core and a nanogel shell for simultaneous drug delivery and hyperthermia therapy.
Being part of the CDT-ACM was an all-round fantastic experience; I not only received great training in a range of advanced characterisation techniques, but I also made strong links with industry and strong bonds with my cohort which have both led to fruitful collaborations.