She was born in Islamabad Pakistan. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Physics with majors in Nanotechnology from International Islamic University (IIU) Islamabad in 2012. After that she did her Masters in Materials and Surface Engineering from National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan in 2014. During her Master’s, she worked on improving the efficiency of ZnO/ Graphene nanocomposite based hybrid photovoltaic devices. she has also worked as a Research assistant at NUST and worked on different projects like dielectric spectroscopy of Graphene/ Thermoplastic Polyurethane nanocomposites, Liquid Crystal based Biosensors and Synthesis of ZnO nanofibers via Electrospinning technique. Also went to Tallinn University of Technology (TTU), Estonia as part of a research internship in 2017. During her stay at Estonia she worked on ZnO nanorods synthesis via Chemical Spray Pyrolysis (CSP) technique and to make their composite with Graphene via the same technique for photocatalytic applications. Her research interests includes Nanotechnology, Graphene based Biosensors, Nanocomposites, Functionalization, Photovoltaic devices.

Ms. Silvina Samy was born and grew up in Braga (Portugal). She started her research career investigating and developing distinct 3D therapeutic strategies aimed for spinal cord injuries and peripheral nerve regeneration; exploring the knowledge from the fields of Tissue Engineering, Neurosciences and Stem Cells Research at the 3B’s Research Group (Portugal) and the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute (ICVS, Portugal). Next, she joined the Unit of Neuronal Regeneration of the Institute of Health Carlos III (ISCIII, Spain) for a 6 months traineeship in the framework of INOV Contacto program (fostered by the Portuguese government). Later, during her master thesis project she focused on the design, testing and optimization of microfluidic platforms for nucleic acid separation and purification aimed for research and quality control purposes. In 2016, she joined the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL, Portugal) as a research assistant focused on the preclinical validation of a microfluidics-based system for sensitive and minimally invasive rare cell isolation and characterization to monitor the oncological disease progression.
Her main interest is to add value to society by bridging the gap between academia and the healthcare industry through the development of innovative diagnostic and monitoring systems. Such systems could be used in the fight against several diseases with the purpose of detecting disease early onset; ultimately impacting the immediate clinical decisions to be made and consequently the patients’ quality of life, while alleviating the global healthcare costs.

 

Ms. Jie ZHENG was born in Wenzhou, China in 1992. She received her bachelor’s in Finance, Accounting and Management from the University of Nottingham in 2014 and master’s in International Health Policy and Economics in London School of Economics (LSE) in 2016. For her postgraduate thesis, she worked on the comparison of long-term care system between China and U.K. and participated the work of World Alzheimer Report 2016 in Personal Social Service Research Unit, LSE. After that, she served Merck Group in France as a business analyst. Her main interest is to bridge scientific outcome and social value under overall health care system for the elderly. She believes the success of early biomarker-based diagnostics and transfer from the lab to the society will make the final years of future generations more prepared, less depressed and higher quality.

Ms Jessica Janson was born in Gotha, Germany on December 1 st in 1987. She has a degree as graduate engineer in Biomedical Technology from the University of Applied Science Lübeck (2012). Her Masters degree in Medical Biotechnology was awarded by the University of Rostock (2015). In her diploma project she adapted commercial microarray technology for use in micro gravity with EADS Astrium (Immenstaad at Lake Constance), which resulted in two patents. Her second graduate project was developing element and structural analysis methods for Cholesterol and oxalic acid with Celisca (Rostock). She has a passion for combining technology and human biology and found in this project the means to do both.

He was born (1989) and raised in Enugu State, Nigeria. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Electronic Engineering from the University of Nigeria (UNN) in 2013 and 2017, respectively. He specialized in Computer Engineering. He had a strong passion for Medical Electronics. He loved seeing
people stay healthy and productive. His master’s thesis was on the development of biometric-assisted unique patient identifier system. After his graduation from the undergrad and completion of the National Youth Service, he worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Nigeria. His research
interests border on intelligent systems and medical electronics. His goal is to apply his findings and skills to developing systems that will aid and promote healthy living.

Arianna Toppi was born and grew up in the province of Siena (Tuscany, Italy). She received her undergraduate and postgraduate education at the University of Florence. She got the Bachelor degree in Chemical Science in 2014 and during the thesis period she was enrolled in the laboratory of Dr. Lucia Becucci, working on the construction of biomimetic membranes on a Dropping Mercury Electrode. The project aimed at investigating the interactions of lipid environments with a peptide structure called CT35 and its tetraglucosylated form, previously developed as a synthetic antigenic probe recognizing specific autoantibodies in Rett syndrome patients’ serum. In 2016, She spent seven months abroad at the CICbiomaGUNE in San Sebastian (Spain), where she worked on a project under the supervision of Prof. Juan C. Mareque-Rivas, whose aim was the development of a drug delivery system, i.e. porous microparticles made of PLGA (Poly Lactic-co-Glycolic Acid) for the transport of anticancer drugs and the assessment of their cytotoxicity through in vitro assays. In October 2016 I obtained my Master degree in Supramolecular and Inorganic Chemistry. Over the years, She developed a strong interest in the healthcare field and her objective is to give a contribution to the improvement of health and life quality of people.  On the 1st of July 2017 She joined the Fluidic Array Systems and Technology (FAST) Group of Prof. Martin Dufva as PhD student at the Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology of the Technical University of Denmark, working on the multiplexing of digital analysis of serum samples for Alzheimer’s disease diagnostics, using microRNA and proteins as target biomarkers.

Ms. Ourania Tzara was born in Athens, Greece in 1987. She is a Biologist and received her Master’s degree in “Applications of Biology in Medicine” from the University of Athens in Greece. Through her postgraduate studies and afterwards, while working at the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens, Greece, she focused on research in the field of Neuroimmunology and in particular on research projects regarding inflammatory molecules and receptors, along with their role in pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s Disease in vivo. Her goal is to contribute in research regarding diagnosis and treatment of
neurodegenerative diseases on the highest scientific level possible and thereby advance medical research.

She was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1985. She received her Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery (M.B.B.CH), Ain Shams University, Egypt in 2008 and her Master’s degree in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology from Ain Shams University, Egypt in 2012. Then she started training as a neuroradiology fellow in Misr radiology center (MRC) , where she acquired a considerable experience in advanced MRI Techniques & applications in neuroimaging ranging from MR-diffusion, Perfusion , Spectroscopy , Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI ) both in brain & spinal cord , taskbased functional MRI & finally Resting state functional MRI. Implementing both structural and functional MRI techniques as reliable tools within the diagnostic battery of preclinical stages of Dementia and Mild cognitive impairment is a kind of dream and an extension to the research projects she was involved in in Egypt.

Ms. Soraya Moradi Bachiller was born in Cáceres (Spain) in 1993. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry in 2015 from the University of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain) when she discovered her interest in neurodegeneration. She started postgraduate studies in two different domains, Neuroscience (in 2016 from the University of Salamanca, Spain) and Biology of Aging (in 2017 from the University of Versailles, France). In her postgraduate research, she was interested in two of the most complex biological systems, nervous and cardiac systems. But it was during her graduate research, in 2015, where she found out her passion for the application of systems biology to the study of neurodegenerative diseases, based on the principle that genes and proteins do not act individually, but through complex interactions.