PhD student is presenting research at the House of Commons
11 February 2014
An abstract written by Natalie Wood, a final year PhD student in the School of Oral and Dental Sciences, has been accepted for presentation at the House of Commons as part of SET for Britain 2014
An abstract written by Natalie Wood, a final year PhD student in the School of Oral and Dental Sciences, has been accepted for presentation at the House of Commons as part of SET for Britain 2014:
This event celebrates and showcases Science, Engineering and Technology in the UK. It is held during National Science and Engineering Week, and is designed to “encourage, support and promote Britain’s early-stage and early-career scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians”. The entries will be judged by a panel of experts with awards for first, second and third place. The event will also be attended by MPs and members of the House of Lords in order to facilitate communication between parliament and young researchers.
Natalie is sponsored by the EPSRC through the Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials and is carrying out her PhD in the Oral Nanoscience group, under the supervision of Dr Michele Barbour and Dr Sean Davis (chemistry). Her project focusses on the formation of chlorhexidine-based nanoparticles as an antimicrobial coatings for titanium dental implants. She has successfully coated titanium surfaces with the nanoparticles and has demonstrated that the functionalised surfaces display a sustained release of chlorhexidine. In collaboration with Prof Howard Jenkinson’s Oral Microbiology group, she has recently established that the nanofunctionalised titanium exhibits antimicrobial efficacy against the oral bacterium Streptococcus gordonii.
On receiving the news, Natalie Wood said: “I am very excited to be part of this great event. This is an excellent opportunity for me to showcase my work outside the scientific sphere and it was an honour for my abstract just to be picked.”