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Chiaki Crews

PhD TITLE

[TBC] X-ray diffraction for counterfeit medicines detection

MRes TITLE

Scintillation materials for the detection of Special Nuclear Materials (SNMs)

FIRST DEGREE

BA Hons & MSci Natural Sciences - Chemistry (University of Cambridge '09)

PREVIOUS JOBS

Summer research student at the BP Institute (Cambridge) in '08 and the Department of Chemistry (Cambridge) in '09, plus some A-level Chemistry tutoring.

WHY I APPLIED TO THE SECURITY SCIENCE DTC

I was interested in working with people from various backgrounds and with different perspectives on how to tackle a wide range of security challenges. I also thought that the social aspect of working with coursemates during the MRes year would be a great way of settling in at UCL and London in general.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

My background is mainly in synthetic inorganic materials chemistry, with experience of various analytical techniques - but I am also willing to work in interesting areas that I have not touched on previously. Hence, for my PhD I am looking into a far more analytical project, and moving towards the area of organic materials - pharmaceuticals.

WHAT I DO WHEN I'M NOT STUDYING

Catch up with friends, and when I have more time, I like to travel abroad.

MY CAREER ASPIRATIONS

I am interested in continuing research in academia, a research institute or in industry, but am also increasingly interested in the area of science policy. Either way, I wish to work on real-world challenges and produce usable results, and would be happy to work in a variety of countries.

WHAT KIND OF PARTNER ORGANISATION I'D LIKE TO WORK WITH AND WHAT I'D LIKE FROM THEM

For my PhD, I have set up a collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in order to gain access to samples of potentially counterfeit antimalarials for analysis.

I would be happy to hear from any organisation who may be able to help with providing access to such samples (genuine or counterfeit medicines), or with any interest in the problem of counterfeit medicines more generally.

As part of my MRes project I collaborated with the Home Office Centre for Applied Science and Technology, which provided access to neutron sources.

CONFERENCES ATTENDED

International Crime Science Conference; July 2013 in London, UK

International Crime Science Conference; July 2012 in London, UK (poster presented)

Phosphor Global Summit; March 2012 in Scottsdale, AZ, USA (poster presented)

International Crime Science Conference; July 2011 in London, UK

UCL Security and Crime Research Network Conference; December 2010 in London, UK (co-organised and attended)

European Security Research Conference; September 2010 in Oostende, Belgium