Team

Scientific Team

Dr Christine Reinemann

Senior Research Scientist, Small Molecule Specialist

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Christine holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Leipzig, Germany. She also has a Diploma as Biotechnology Engineer and a degree in Environmental Sciences. Christine is an experienced researcher who was working at several universities and research centres in Germany. Before joining Aptamer Group she was member of the team ‘Aptamers and Application’ at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH (UFZ) in Leipzig, Germany.

Christine offers 14 years’ experience in aptamer research with focus on selection, characterisation and application of aptamers. Her special areas of expertise are different SELEX methods including selection strategies for small molecules, proteins, and whole cell targets, as well as development of new non-SELEX aptamer selection methods. In addition, she has substantial knowledge in designing and performing experiments for effective aptamer characterisation and in application-oriented development of aptamer-based sensors and assays.

Dr. Shraddha Aptekar

Senior Research Scientist

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Shraddha is a highly experienced scientist with a Ph.D. and B.Sc. (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences with extensive experience in cancer biology. Shraddha’s post-doctoral work involved the use of aptamers in fluorescent reporter assays for neurological cancer cell line screening including flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry (FFPE).

Amy Law

Senior  Laboratory Technician

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Amy holds a BSc (Hons) in Biology from Lancaster University. Before joining Aptamer Group, Amy worked for a leading multinational CRO where she was responsible for determining the mutagenic potential of test articles for major manufacturers in both the pharmaceutical and tobacco industries. Amy also played a major part in validating the phototoxicity assay as requested by an important client with great success. Before working in the pharmaceutical sector, Amy gained extensive experience in microbiological analysis in the food industry. Amy has joined Aptamer Group to help advance the planning and organisation within the lab and to help develop the team.

Stefan Sipika

Lab Automation Scientist

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Stefan holds a BSc (Hons) in Biology from the University of York. Prior to joining Aptamer group, Stefan worked for a leading multinational CRO, specialising in GMP Protein Chemistry with a focus on ELISA and SPR validation and metrology.  He has worked on a variety of products, covering pre-clinical to market release testing for high profile clients around the world. Stefan has joined Aptamer Group to help develop our automation system and further our expertise in this area.

Kasia Bialas

Laboratory Technician

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Kasia holds an MSc in Biotechnology with plant speciality from the Poznan University of Life Sciences. Her master’s thesis involved plant genetic engineering to boost their potential in production of second-generation biofuels. After finishing her masters in 2016, Kasia completed an internship at the Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle upon Tyne. Her project involved aiming to achieve a better understanding of the genetic background of the most common cause of blindness – Retinitis pigmentosa. Kasia has developed various skills throughout her career, with her main expertise in Molecular Biology.

Edward Barnes

Ph.D Student

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Edward has a B.Sc. (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Leeds, in his final year Edward undertook an aptamer based project under the guidance of Dr David Bunka allowing him to refine his essential selection skills. To further his studies he completed an MSc in Bioscience Technology (with Merit) at the University of York. A critical part of Edward’s masters was a 20 week industrial placement which he completed with the Aptamer Group. After finishing his masters in 2013, Edward joined the Aptamer Group as a research scientist developing techniques within the company, as well as working on several collaborations with various companies. Edward will be starting a PhD in October in association with Manchester University, in the field of aptamer based biomarker discovery.

Timothy Noble

Ph.D Student

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Timothy has a B.Sc. (Hons) in Microbial Science from Huddersfield University, with over 2 years’ experience in different lab environments. Whilst studying, Timothy completed a 1 year placement at the Leeds Institute for Genetics, Health and Therapeutics (L.I.G.H.T.) associated with Leeds University. Timothy worked with several different cell lines investigating protective effects of substances on throat model cultures with and without diseases. For his final year project at Huddersfield University, he worked on the model organism C. elegans and he successful completed his course with an Upper Second Class Honours. Timothy joined Aptamer Group in 2013 and has developed various techniques within the company. Timothy has worked on many projects, but his main focus has been our TSB collaborations. Timothy will be starting his PhD in October in association with Southampton University.

Business & Operational Staff

Katie Lockwood

Group Office  Manager

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Katie has a BA (Hons) in Business Management from Leeds Metropolitan University. Since completing her degree Katie has gained experience in various Sales and Marketing roles. Katie joined Aptamer Group in 2014 and is working closely with customers, shareholders and all internal teams to ensure excellent customer service. Katie is also responsible for keeping all marketing material up to date and maintaining the Social Media platforms. Katie has a wealth of experience in company administration and is focused on the smooth running of the companies.

Dr Andrew Brentnall

Business Development Executive

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Andy studied a BSc in Chemistry, MSc in Advanced Magnetic Resonance and Mass Spectrometry and PhD in Biology, all at the University of York. Whilst studying his masters, Andy became interested in the application of NMR for studying protein structures and interactions. This led into his PhD where he investigated interactions of staphylococcal surface proteins involved in biofilm formation and infectious disease in Professor Jen Potts’ laboratory. The work was focused around disordered domains and how they might adopt secondary structure to function.

Following Andy’s PhD he stayed working in the same lab on similar projects, but also expanded to looking at bacterial enzymatic pathways involved in the production of polysaccharides important for hospital acquired post-operative infections. This included work with membrane proteins and cell based systems to understand the protein