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Dr Yi Shen

Dr Yi Shen

Postdoctoral Researcher


I obtained my PhD degree in Department of Health Science and Technology at ETH Zurich in Switzerland with Prof. Raffaele Mezzenga in 2017. During my PhD, I developed novel organic-inorganic hybrid biomaterials constructed with protein fibrils and nanoparticles for nutritional purposes. The bioavailability of this material was tested by both in-vitro and in-vivo studies. I also developed a new method to form strong gels using amyloid fibrils and calcium nanoparticles with self-healing property. I won The Spark Award for top innovations from ETH in 2018. I obtained my Bachelor and two Master degrees at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. During that I did my internship and completed one of my Master theses at Harvard University and Princeton University in the US with Prof. Howard Stone. I worked as a researcher in the same group at Princeton University for two years afterwards, where I worked on the manipulation of biofluids in microfluidic devices. My scientific achievements include the publication of 7 papers in peer-reviewed journals (1 featured cover on Nature Nanotechnology) and 3 filed patents.

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Research Interests

I am a research associate in Department of Chemistry at University of Cambridge working with Prof. Tuomas Knowles. My research focus is on biomaterials derived from protein for delivery of complex nutrients by exploiting microfluidic technique.

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