Ascanio Digiacomo is a 2nd year Chemical Biology PhD candidate at Imperial College London, where he investigates the dynamics of antibiotic treatment on bacteria using Scanning Probe Microscopies. His study is funded by Bio Nano Consulting through a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher award, conducted within the European Initial Training Network “Nanomicrowave”. Previously he completed his B.Sc. in Physics and M.Sc. in Materials Science in Italy, doing his master’s project on innovative racetrack magnetic memories at Institut d’Électronique Fondamentale in Paris. He is currently involved in life science consulting projects with Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable for Top 5 Pharma clients concerning innovation management. He is also Director of The Young Consultant, an international nonprofit strategy consulting firm that gives top quality advice to small businesses, charities and startups, develops the very best students in London with hands-on impactful experience, and creates opportunities for consulting firms to meet, coach and recruit them.
Evrim Gurpinar is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute, where he studies the effects of p53 tumor suppressor mutations on cancer cell metabolism. Previously, he received his B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Tulane University as a Fulbright Scholar and his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. His PhD work entailed a preclinical drug development project to identify novel drug candidates for non-small cell lung cancer. Evrim has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications and presented his research at large international conferences. He has a strong interest in strategy consulting in the Healthcare & Life Sciences sector and is now keen to apply his analytical and communication skills to help biotech and pharmaceutical firms during drug development and product commercialization steps. In addition, he is passionate about science advocacy and actively participates in public engagement and fundraising through several cancer research organizations.
Pahini Pandya is a final year PhD candidate at King's College London, where she is investigating the biophysical and signalling changes driving drug- induced cell plasticity during cancer metastasis. Her study is funded by the King's Overseas Research Scholarship offered by King's College Graduate school. Previously, she completed her BSc. in Biotechnology from Fergusson College (India) and MRes in Molecular Biophysics from King's College London. Before her PhD she worked as a research technician in a tumor migration and metastasis lab at King's College London. She is passionate about promoting the importance and impact of scientific research and believes that collaborative approaches are required for progress. She also serves as the marketing director of King's College London Innovation forum, an organisation which aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry and promotes entrepreneurship amongst early career researchers. She has a strong interest in strategy consulting in the Healthcare & Life Sciences sector and is keen to apply her analytical, problem-solving skills to help life science firms attain success.
Halima Raji is a second year PhD student at Queen Mary University of London where she also received her MEng degree in Medical Engineering. Her research involves understanding the mechanism of taper corrosion in hip replacement devices with a view to prescribing solutions to minimise its occurrence. She has recently been involved in organising a very successful graduate festival for all PhD students across her university. To her, the PtC conference 2015 is an excellent opportunity to be more engaged with the consulting industry as well as be instrumental in researchers making an informed decision on consulting as a career path.
Natalia Saiz-Ros is currently a PhD candidate at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology at the University of Edinburgh (UK) where she works on the study of herpes virus infections and immune response. She also has a MRes in Biomedicine from Autonomous University in Madrid (Spain). During her bachelor in biotechnology she was also pursuing an MRes in Management and Accounting. In order to develop her communication and management skills, she joined Innovation Forum Edinburgh which aims at connecting businesses and industry with academia. She is involved in several students societies and has recently participated in a business skill course run by the University of Edinburgh. Natalia is fluent in Spanish and English and wants to use her transferable skills developed during her PhD to help companies achieve their goals.