Researchers

Working alongside the Trustees, Professor Humphrey Hodgson and Professor Clare Selden supervise the day-to-day research produced by a team of researchers, who are comprised of a mixture of PhD Students, Research Assistants and other Academics.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE:The Charity, 'The Liver Group'(1024533) has now been closed in order to reopen as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) called 'The Liver Group Charity'(1166985). This is the only material change and is a result of compliance with Charity Commission guidance.

Eloy

Research Associate

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Sweta

Research Technician

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Mo

PhD Student

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Eloy

Research Associate

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Sweta

Lab Technician

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Eloy Erro

Where did you study?

I studied in Spain where I did Bachelors’ and Masters degrees in Agricultural Engineering. I gained a lot of laboratory experience including mammalian cell culture, bacteria culturing and carrying out PCR, whilst doing these experiments and moved to a laboratory in the Netherlands (Erasmus Fellowship) where I carried out my thesis. I was offered an internship at The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (Oxford) where I learnt about genetic modification. After completing this I decided to move to London and my previous laboratory experience and knowledge allowed me to get a job at the Liver Group.

Roles and responsibilities within the Liver Group:

I mainly work with James in the running of the BAL; this includes monolayer cell culture, encapsulating the cells in alginate and biomass 3D growth in a Single Use Bioreactor (SUB) to obtain the bioartificial liver. We collaborate with a company in Germany who have helped us to develop the cell encapsulation machine they produced to be specifically relevant for encapsulating mammalian cells in GMP-acceptable conditions. My engineering experience helped me to discuss adjustments to the design. Together we are constantly trying to develop and improve the system and so we have been involved in improving the drainage system and testing the flows.

How long have you worked here?

I started here in October 2007 and I’m the second longest working team member currently working for the Liver Group.

Favourite part of the job?

It is a very satisfying feeling after a complete successful Bioartficial Liver has been produced and tested. It is also very satisfying to see the progress of the project when the results are getting better after some small modifications of the research.

Does your role overlap with others/who do you work with?

As mentioned before I mainly work with James on the project. Nonetheless, Sunil and Sherri are also doing vital work by helping us with the cell preparation, encapsulation set up and media preparation used for the Bioartificial liver and we occasionally have some help from other PhD students within the group.

Do you have any “out-of-work” interests?

I like sports such as cycling and playing squash. In my free time I also like designing and building small structures made of wood and metal. I am also into playing music, mainly guitar and I enjoy cinema and photography.



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Eloy Erro

Where did you study?

I studied in Spain where I did Bachelors’ and Masters degrees in Agricultural Engineering. I gained a lot of laboratory experience including mammalian cell culture, bacteria culturing and carrying out PCR, whilst doing these experiments and moved to a laboratory in the Netherlands (Erasmus Fellowship) where I carried out my thesis. I was offered an internship at The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (Oxford) where I learnt about genetic modification. After completing this I decided to move to London and my previous laboratory experience and knowledge allowed me to get a job at the Liver Group.

Roles and responsibilities within the Liver Group:

I mainly work with James in the running of the BAL; this includes monolayer cell culture, encapsulating the cells in alginate and biomass 3D growth in a Single Use Bioreactor (SUB) to obtain the bioartificial liver. We collaborate with a company in Germany who have helped us to develop the cell encapsulation machine they produced to be specifically relevant for encapsulating mammalian cells in GMP-acceptable conditions. My engineering experience helped me to discuss adjustments to the design. Together we are constantly trying to develop and improve the system and so we have been involved in improving the drainage system and testing the flows.

How long have you worked here?

I started here in October 2007 and I’m the second longest working team member currently working for the Liver Group.

Favourite part of the job?

It is a very satisfying feeling after a complete successful Bioartficial Liver has been produced and tested. It is also very satisfying to see the progress of the project when the results are getting better after some small modifications of the research.

Does your role overlap with others/who do you work with?

As mentioned before I mainly work with James on the project. Nonetheless, Sunil and Sherri are also doing vital work by helping us with the cell preparation, encapsulation set up and media preparation used for the Bioartificial liver and we occasionally have some help from other PhD students within the group.

Do you have any “out-of-work” interests?

I like sports such as cycling and playing squash. In my free time I also like designing and building small structures made of wood and metal. I am also into playing music, mainly guitar and I enjoy cinema and photography.



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Sweta Chandel

Where did you study?

I studied biomedical science as my undergrad at St Georges University in London and then went on to do a MSc in Molecular Medicine and Cancer Research at Brunel.

Roles and responsibilities within the Liver Group:

Working on the BAL project.

How long have you worked here?

I started working here in April 2019

Does your role overlap with others/who do you work with?

I work mainly with Eloy and Tom

Do you have any out-of-work interests?

Rock climbing, baking, travelling, and lifting weights - trying to be like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the gym!



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Sweta Chandel

Where did you study?

I studied biomedical science as my undergrad at St Georges University in London and then went on to do a MSc in Molecular Medicine and Cancer Research at Brunel.

Roles and responsibilities within the Liver Group:

Working on the BAL project.

How long have you worked here?

I started working here in April 2019

Does your role overlap with others/who do you work with?

I work mainly with Eloy and Tom

Do you have any out-of-work interests?

Rock climbing, baking, travelling, and lifting weights - trying to be like Arnold Schwarzenegger in the gym!



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Mo Awan

Where did you study?

I did my Bachelors in Pharmacology at King’s College London, I then went on to get a Masters in Nanotechnology at UCL

Roles and responsibilities within the Liver Group:

My role is to optimize the cryopreservation of the encapsulated liver spheroids.

How long have you worked here?

I’ve been here since January 2017

Favourite part of the job?

I enjoy all aspects of my work

Do you have any out-of-work interests?

In my spare time I like to play board games



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Mo

PhD Student

Sherri

Medical Technical Officer

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Sherri-Ann Chalmers

Where did you study?

I studied for five years for an Integrated Masters in Biological Engineering at the Instituto Superior Tecnico in Lisbon. I did my thesis in Belgium where I spent six months working on a project looking at what would happen if cells to be transplanted were genetically modified to produce anti-inflammatory molecules and after transplantation of the cells whether this would have an effect on the immune response of the brain. This worked in-vitro but unfortunately not in in-vivo.

Roles and responsibilities within the Liver Group:

I am working on my PhD in Medical Device Innovation here at The Liver Group. It is a 4 year course in which I am hoping to develop a small scale bioreactor based on the Bio-Artificial Liver Machine we already have; the idea is to produce a smaller machine that can be used as a biopharmaceutical device for testing things such as drug toxicity, this could potentially lead to a reducing costs and animals in pre-clinical tests. I am also working on a project to produce a new design of cryo-bag.

How long have you worked here?

I started working here in May 2015

Typical day?

I have had a lot of writing up to do lately and it has been very intense sometimes spending all day in the lab to ensure I get the results I need.

Favourite part of the job?

Actually seeing that you are producing something new is very exciting and this is what I love about my job.

Does your role overlap with others/who do you work with?

I am working on a small project with Jordi and Natasha looking into the effect of freezing on the alginate beads that encapsulate the cells.

Do you have any “out-of-work” interests?

I love movies, photography and tennis.



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Sherri

Medical Technical Officer

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Barry Fuller

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Sherri-Ann Chalmers

What did you study and where have you worked before joining the Liver Group?

I studied Medical Biochemistry at Brunel and worked in a bottling factory before joining the Liver Group.

Roles and responsibilities within the Liver Group:

I am a senior lab technician responsible for purchasing, and maintaining a highly effective research laboratory; I’m also involved with budgetary spreadsheets when any grant applications are being prepared. My role title is Medical Technical Officer.

What are the daily/weekly tasks to help the running of the liver group?

I carry out the general running and maintenance of North Lab and Tissue culture. I also do a lot of antibiotic free cell culture, reagent testing and contaminant testing using PCR. My technical specialities include ELISAs, histology and cell culture as well as laboratory administration, excel spreadsheets particularly during budget production for grant applications.

How did you come to work for the liver group?

I applied for a research assistant post but was better suited to the research technician role. At first I worked just for the Liver Group but after six months I was asked to apply for the current job, which means I now have a permanent position within the NHS as a laboratory based scientist.

I started here in 2001.

Favourite part of the job?

I like clearing things out and making sure everything is organized, I also really enjoy purchasing equipment and making sure we get the best price.

Does your role overlap with others/who do you work with?

I support everyone who works in the lab but I am also involved with the harvesting of cells in FBBs so that involves working with Sunil, James and Eloy, and with the analysis of samples but ELISAs.

Do you have any “out-of-work” interests?

I enjoy spending time with my family, swimming, role playing and Zumba.



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Barry Fuller

Barry is professor in Surgical Science in the department of surgical biotechnology at UCL.

Research Summary

Research into low temperature preservation of cells, tissues and organs for clinical applications; effects of ischaemia / reperfusion injury in surgery; organ-specific metabolic effects of chemotherapy, surgery and transplantation; liver and pancreas studies; translational research on hypothermic liver perfusion for transplantation; stem cells and tissue engineering in hepatic support and vascular biology.



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