The overarching theme of my research is to investigate nanoparticles in human health. This is through investigating potential toxicity of ambient nanoparticles, using engineered nanoparticles for cancer therapies or designing nanoparticle probes for single molecule 'counting' microscopy
X-Ray Spectroscopy (XRS) micro-analysis
XRS is technique I specialise in, and often use to measures both the location and concentration of nanoparticles in tissue,
which is very important when trying to understand their effects.
Nanoparticles are the same size as viruses or very large proteins, and so can interact with human cells on a molecular level.
What's exciting is we can design nanoparticles for treatment or diagnosis of disease.
Imaging and Analysis
"Seeing" nanoparticles is hard because they are so small. Part of my research involves using super resolution microscopes to image
how nanoparticles affect human cells and tissue.