Undertaking my PhD at Imperial College London, I worked in the development of microfluidic tools for single cell trapping and integration with high-resolution fluorescence imaging. The goal was to study the dynamics of phospholipid diffusion across the cellular membrane. I then moved to the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge to take up the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate.
I have contributed to the building of ultra-high-throughput microdroplet screening tools for the directed evolution of enzymes and the discovery of novel catalysts from the metagenome. I have also worked on the automation of biochemical screens at the nanoliter scale using droplet-on-demand techniques. These will ultimately complement or replace liquid handling tools – such as pipettes - as we know them.