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Short Courses in Nanomedicine

Nanotoxicology: 9th October 2008, Cranfield University, UK

Course Leader

Dr Sophie Rocks BSc, MSc, PhD

Dr Rocks

Dr Rocks is a Toxicologist within the Institute of Environment and Health at Cranfield University. She has degrees in Biochemistry and Toxicology from the University of Surrey and a PhD from Barts and The London, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London.

Sophie has had a varied research career to date with interests in inflammation, ischaemia-reperfusion injury, free radicals species and biomaterials (hydroxyapatite). Her recent research has been in the field of materials within the internationally-renowned Microsystems and Nanotechnology Centre at Cranfield University where she was involved in the production and characterisation of nanoparticles and functional ceramics. More recently, Sophie has managed a Defra research project considering the risk assessment approaches for manufactured nanomaterials and their suitability.


Course Speakers

Dr Dorey

Dr Robert Dorey is a Royal Academy of Engineering/EPSRC Research Fellow, Senior Lecturer in Engineering Micro and Nanotechnology, and Head of the Microsystems and Nanotechnology Centre at Cranfield University.

Dr Dorey leads a research team examining functional ceramics with a particular focus on micro-scale processing and materials integration, fabrication and use of ceramic nanoparticles, and microstructure-property relationships. He has developed a range of novel three-dimensional processing routes for the fabrication of micro electromechanical systems (MEMS) for piezoelectric and energy generation applications. Examples of MEMS systems under development include high frequency ultrasound transducers, solid oxide fuel cells, and electrical transformers.

Dr Dorey joined Cranfield University in 2000 after completing his PhD at the University of Surrey for work on the sintering of alumina and the effect of porosity on thermal shock behaviour, strength and Young’s modulus of alumina ceramics. Dr Dorey’s research record brings together materials processing and characterisation of both mechanical and electrical properties. In June 2003 he was awarded academic status at Cranfield (lecturer position) after he secured the prestigious RAEng/EPSRC Fellowship.

Dr Dorey has a strong publication record with over 30 peer reviewed journal articles and 25 conference talks (14 invited) [a list of key papers related to this proposal is given below]. He has generated in excess of £1.8M in research funding and has demonstrated his ability to successfully leading research and collaboration activities with national and international groups.



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