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Our postdocs

Postdoctoral researchers are essential members of the Queen's research community and get involved in multiple aspects of Queen's business beyond their research, including teaching and supervision of students, contribution to public engagement,  academic citizenship, research transfer etc. They help shape our research culture and impact society at a local and global level.

Postdocs from our three Faculties are involved in a very wide range of exciting research and you can get a glimpse of who they are and what they do thanks to some initiatives we ran:

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Celebrating the amazing postdocs and research staff at Queen's!

 

International Day of Women and Girls in Science is celebrated on 11 February each year. In 2022, to mark this day of celebration, we showcased profiles of Queen's fantastic science-based postdocs and research staff who identify as women. 

This initiative was led by Dr Linda Oyama from the School of Biological Sciences with support from the Postdoctoral Development Centre.

You can find the profiles below, as well as in GIF format via this Twitter thread.

Dr Zina Alfahl

 

School:

Pharmacy

Area of Research: 

Respiratory infections

Country of Origin:

Syria

Hobbies:

Travelling and shopping!

Favourite Motivational Quote:

 
"Success is a sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out."
- Robert Collier

Dr Qonita Kurnia Anjani

 

School:

Pharmacy

Area of Research: 

Drug delivery

Country of Origin:

Indonesia

Dr Sarah Baxter

 

School/Centre:

Centre for Public Health, Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Area of Research: 

Psychotropic drug use and risk of glioma

Country of Origin:

Northern Ireland

Hobbies:

Yoga, cooking and hiking!

Favourite Motivational Quote:

 
"A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new."
- Albert Einstein

Dr Ife Bolaji

 

School:

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Area of Research: 

Processes for sustainable materials production from organic waste.

Country of Origin:

Nigeria

Hobbies:

Photography (nature and beauty spots, and myself); walking and gardening!

Favourite Motivational Quote:

 
"You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending."
- C.S. Lewis

Dr Sarah Brennan

 

School:

Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Area of Research: 

Personalised dietary advice in people at risk of cardiovascular disease.

Country of Origin:

Northern Ireland

Hobbies:

Reading, singing and running... but not all at the same time!

 

Dr Claire Carswell

 

School:

Nursing and Midwifery

Area of Research: 

Chronic illness, palliative care and mental health.

Country of Origin:

United Kingdom

Hobbies:

Medical illustration!

Favourite Motivational Quote:

 
"Idealists foolish enough to throw caution to the winds have advanced mankind and have enriched the world."
- Emma Goldman

Dr Sandhya Chandravanshi

 

School/Centre:

Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Area of Research: 

High frequency circuits and antenna, Wireless Power transfer and RF Energy Harvesting.

Country of Origin:

India

Hobbies:

Exploring historical places and collecting information about these places; Hiking!

Favourite Motivational Quote:

 
"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities."
- J. K. Rowling

Dr Amy Dumigan

 

School:

Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Area of Research: 

Host-pathogen interactions

Country of Origin:

Northern Ireland

Hobbies:

Rock climbing and sailing!

Favourite Motivational Quote:

 
"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."
- Nelson Mandella

Dr Magdalini Eleftheriadou

 

School:

Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Area of Research: 

Regenerative Medicine, Cardiovascular research and Cardiac Organoids.

Country of Origin:

Greece

Hobbies:

Chess, designing, arts and dancing!

Favourite Motivational Saying:

 
Create beautiful moments in your life so that you can look back and see a beautiful past!

Dr Kate Hayes

 

School:

Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Area of Research: 

Cystic Fibrosis, based in QUB NICRF in the City Hospital, working for the European Cystic Fibrosis Society-Clinical Trial Network.

Country of Origin:

Ireland

Hobbies:

Painting, swimming and singing!

Favourite Motivational Saying:

 
Stay curious!

Dr Clare Howie

 

School:

Nursing and Midwifery

Area of Research: 

I am currently working on a project examining integrating palliative care in heart failure, using realist synthesis methods. Previously, my PhD research examined young people at-risk of developing psychosis. My research interests include the palliative care in heart failure, the at-risk mental state, psychosis, early intervention, screening methods and detection, and Down's syndrome across the lifespan. I also have interests in review methodologies, including realist and systematic reviews, and factor analysis of psychometric tools.

Country of Origin:

Northern Ireland

Hobbies:

Most of my free time is spent chasing after my very lively 19 month old son!

Dr Haydee Jordao

 

School:

Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Area of Research: 

Public Health

Country of Origin:

Angola

Hobbies:

Cooking and singing!

Favourite Motivational Saying:

 
We do not need to ask WHY when time comes to make any good!

Dr Katie Kerr

 

School:

Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Area of Research: 

Molecular Epidemiology and Public Health

Country of Origin:

Northern Ireland

Hobbies:

Rugby, Kayaking, Aerial Hoop and Reading!

Favourite Motivational Quote:

 
"The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp."
- Terry Pratchett

Dr Ayesha Khan

 

School:

Pharmacy

Area of Research: 

Medicinal Chemistry

Country of Origin:

Pakistan

Hobbies:

Board games, running, knitting and reading!

Favourite Motivational Quote:

 
"I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy."
- Marie Curie

Dr Karis Little

 

School/Centre:

Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Area of Research: 

Diabetic Retinopathy

Country of Origin:

Northern Ireland

Favourite Motivational Quote:

 
"We must have perseverance and above all, confidence in ourselves."
- Marie Curie

Dr Erin Magee

 

School:

Pharmacy

Area of Research: 

Infection Diagnostics

Country of Origin:

Northern Ireland

Hobbies:

Being creative - music and art!

Dr Novina Malviya

 

School:

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Area of Research: 

Inorganic Chemistry (synthesis and application of ionic liquid-based materials).

Country of Origin:

India

Hobbies:

Dancing, writing poems, cooking Indian cuisine, drawing henna on hand and Rangoli designs!

Favourite Motivational Saying:

 
When you really desire something from the heart, all the universe conspires you to achieve it.

Dr Gillian McNaull

 

School:

Social Sciences, Education and Social Work

Area of Research: 

Criminal Justice, incarceration and social harm.

Country of Origin:

Ireland

Hobbies:

Activism, social justice, keeping my children alive and sea swimming!

Favourite Motivational Saying:

 
If it is broken, fit it.

Dr Parisa Naeli

 

School:

Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Area of Research: 

RNA Biology, Cancer Research and Molecular Genetics.

Country of Origin:

Iran

Hobbies:

Reading, cooking, travelling and wandering around...!

Favourite Motivational Saying:

 
Losing is only a sign, it's a sign that you really tried!

Dr Talita Oliveira

 

School:

Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Area of Research: 

Early diagnosis of cancer

Country of Origin:

Brazil

Hobbies:

Reading, watching TV shows and playing with my baby dogs!

Favourite Motivational Quote:

 
"There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish."
- Michelle Obama

Dr Linda Oyama

 

School:

Biological Sciences

Area of Research: 

Antimicrobial Resistance and Drug Development

Country of Origin:

Nigeria/United Kingdom

Hobbies:

Party planning, entertaining young children, looking up random words/ideas on the internet and watching subtitled TV shows in an unknown language!

Favourite Motivational Quote:

 
"Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men."
- Proverbs 22:29

Dr Mabel Lizzy Rajendra

 

School:

Mathematics and Physics

Area of Research: 

Mathematics

Country of Origin:

India

Hobbies:

Painting and organising!

 

Dr Marina Reyne

 

School:

Biological Sciences

Area of Research: 

I am interested in the application of molecular techniques to environmental monitoring and conservation science.

Country of Origin:

Bulgaria

Hobbies:

Diving, hiking, martial arts, weightlifting, bouldering and my dogs!

Dr Qing Wen

 

School:

Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences

Area of Research: 

Medical statistics, Bioinformatics in Ophthalmology and Cancer Research.

Country of Origin:

China

Hobbies:

Singing and sports (badminton)!

Favourite Motivational Quotes:

 
"Leave every place you go, everything you touch, a little better for your having been there."
- Julie Andrews
 
"We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained."
- Maire Curie

National Postdoc Appreciation Week Videos (2020)

MHLS Postdocs

This video from 2020 features postdocs from the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences and is introduced by Prof Emma Flynn, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise, highlighting the contribution of postdocs to research culture and academic citizenship.

MHLS Postdocs

This video from 2020 features postdocs from the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences and is introduced by Prof Stuart Elborn, MHLS Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor, highlighting how they have stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemics.

EPS Postdocs

This video from 2020 features postdocs from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences and is introduced by Prof Chris Johnson, EPS Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor, highlighting their contribution to research.

AHSS Postdocs

This video from 2020 features postdocs from the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and is introduced by Prof Nola Hewitt-Dundas, AHSS Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor, highlighting the contribution of postdocs to teaching and student supervision and mentoring.

Thank you to all Queen's postdocs!!