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Mirela is currently undergoing a Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies PhD research project in 'polymerising, depolymerising and repurposing using iron catalysis' which is a collaboration between the Webster group (University of Bath) and the Kyne group (Monash University). She completed her Masters in Chemistry from Cardiff University in 2020. This included a year of industrial experience at Astrazeneca (Macclesfield), where she worked in the Pharmaceutical Sciences department in the Early Product Development team. The work involved stability testing on products in Phases I and II of clinical trials. Her student project at the company was on a novel instrument designed to mimic the environment for subcutaneous injections. She worked on designing and performing experiments to help the company gain further understanding of the kit and the diffusion rates of certain drug compounds. Her Masters project was in the Pope group where Mirela worked on designing, synthesising and characterising novel fluorescently-labelled cholesterol derivatives for use in bio-imaging studies for the investigation of Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome. 

  • Polymerising, depolymerising and repurposing using iron catalysis with Dr. Ruth Webster (University of Bath) and Dr. Sara Kyne (Monash University) - PhD project
  • Design, synthesis and characterisation of a series of novel fluorescently-labelled cholesterol derivatives with Professor Simon Pope - MChem project
  • An investigation into SCISSor (Subcutaneous Injection Site Simulator) with Dr. Claire Patterson and Dr. Keith Parker - industrial student research project (Astrazeneca)


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