Aya holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Bath with her thesis focussing on the development of a highly sensitive multi-electrode array for the study of glioblastoma multiforme, breast cancer, and stem cell differentiation. Her work was funded by a Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship and, in 2020, she was selected as an Innovator Under 35 by MIT Technology Review MENA. She joined the Armstrong Group as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in June 2022 and is working on a project seeking to develop complex models of the human brain.
Farnaz received her PhD in Biomaterials from Azad University (Iran) in 2018. She held a postdoctoral position in Fudan University (China) from 2019 to 2021, followed by the award of a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Career-FIT PLUS research fellowship and two prestigious fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The latter funded her research at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) and University College London-Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (UK). She joined the Armstrong Group in July 2023 and is now leading efforts to engineer complex tissues using 3D bioprinting.
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