Jan Botthof is currently a second year PhD student at the University of Cambridge and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. His research focusses on creating and characterising a zebrafish model for the rare cancer-predisposition syndrome Fanconi anaemia. Previously, he obtained a BSc in Biochemistry from Imperial College London. He is particularly interested in leadership theory, management and the pharmaceutical/biotech industry. Because of these interests, he attended the 2014 STeLA leadership forum in Stanford and the 2016 Gap Summit in Cambridge. Following his experience in Stanford, he helped organise the 2015 STeLa leadership forum in Beijing, China, with 50 attendees from all over the globe as leader of the EU branch PR team. Jan now wants to apply the analytical and organisational skills gained during these activities in a business background to help companies solve meaningful problems.
Marina Georgiou is a final year Ph.D. student at Imperial College London at the Department of Surgery and Cancer. Her research focuses on improving the current diagnostic system, and finding novel therapeutic targets for treatment of resistant choriocarcinoma patients in clinic. She holds an MRes in Cancer Biology from Imperial College London and a BSc in Genetics form Queen Mary University of London. Aside from working on her Ph.D. she is also involved with Innovation Forum, a global non-profit organisation which helps bridge the gap between academic science, industry and policy makers. She is currently the President of Innovation Forum Imperial College Brunch and previously, she worked as the Finance and Marketing manager. She was actively involved in organising the event "The future of AI" at Imperial College London, with more than 300 attendees and currently assisting with the “Innovation Forum Leaders Conference 2016”. Her academic and extra-curricular experience have increased her interest in organisational processes and she would like to apply her scientific background to the healthcare consulting sector.
Assia Kasdi is a fully-funded final year PhD student in Materials department at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the synthesis of copper based nanoparticles with application in low-cost alternative technologies for touch screens. She holds a Master’s degree in formulation, cosmetics and environmental management from the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Rennes. Assia is currently the president of the European Career Society and the sponsor and event organiser at the Oxford Climate Society. Assia’s strong interest in technology and innovation led her to complete a Strategy and Innovation course at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and to found her own company to develop technological and business cooperation between Europe and Asia. She has also worked in Dow Corning as a photovoltaics researcher and as a consultant in Oxford.
Li Li is a final year PhD student at Cardiovascular Division, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King’s College London, fully funded by Unilever UK. Her research is focusing on the effects of gestational diabetes on foetal vascular smooth muscle cells. Previously she completed her B.Sc. in Biological Sciences at Tsinghua University (China). She worked as a consultant at Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable in London for a top 5 pharmaceutical company in understanding the global landscape of academic life science spinouts in Europe and America. She has recently joined applied strategic, a growing consulting firm working on the most important issues for the healthcare and life sciences industries, as a senior analyst.
Simona Mellino is second year PhD student in Chemistry at Oxford University, fully funded by the Clarendon Scholarship. She is currently working on small molecules activation and catalysis for hydrogen storage. She holds a Master Degree in Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling from University of Trieste (Italy) and a Bachelor Degree in Chemistry from University of Naples, Federico II (Italy). She is also passionate about business management and marketing, that’s why she decided to pursue an online MSc in Marketing&Communication and to work as a consultant at the Student Consultancy Programme in Oxford. She recently completed an internship in Procter&Gamble, working in product research and process for their Hair Color Business.