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LINK'17 Committee

Matt Bramley

MSc Behavioural Economics

An analytical, numerate and innovative student of the human experience. Having graduated in 2013, I have spent the last two years working in the UK, France and Canada in various sectors. I returned to Nottingham this year to pursue my Masters, with the intent to expand upon my research on the impact of unconscious human biases on behaviour in economic situations, and how we can improve our decision making in light of these.

Agata Miezaniec

2nd year PhD student, School of Chemistry

An enthusiastic and optimistic scientist! She believes science is the key to making the world a better place to live in. Her research is focused on linkage between epigenetics and energy metabolism. She hopes to help people struggling with obesity and other metabolic disorders. Additionally, she is interested in coaching and networking and she would like to utilize these passions to develop the community of local students. Working with people, for people, is her joy.

Hollie Johnson

3rd year PhD Student, School of English

My research aims to carry out a re-evaluation of literary dystopias that specifically addresses the increasingly prevalent environmental anxiety in recent dystopian fiction. Addressing the lack of dialogue between dystopia and ecocriticism, my project will challenge existing genre definitions and explore the dialogic relationships between humanity and non-human nature as presented within contexts of extinction, climate change, and environmental exploitation

Kanad Mandke

3rd year PhD student, School of Psychology

I use a non invasive brain imaging technique known as Magnetoencephalography (MEG) to study the human brain. More specifically, I am interested in identifying the underlying neuronal structures that allow us to detect changes in sound and how these structures interact with one another.

Alfonso Garcia


4th year PhD Student, Manufacturing Engineering

A creative and analytic professional with a Master’s Degree of Sciences in Industrial Engineering, with fourteen years of experience in manufacturing industries, interested in the jet engine components’ manufacturing process optimisation by the application of novel Near–Net–Shape techniques in light alloys, in order to improve fuel consumption and buy–to–fly ratio

Hisham AlAhwany

3rd year PhD student, School of Medicine

I am currently a 3rd year PhD student, School of Medicine. My research field is in infertility and reproductive medicine. I had my MSc in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). My current PhD project is '' The role and regulation of potassium channels in human endometrium during the window of implantation''

Ipek Saralar

1st year PhD student, School of Education

She has completed her undergraduate education in Mathematics Education at the Middle East Technical University. She has MSc degree in Elementary Science and Mathematics Education from the same university. She also has MA degree in Learning, Technology and Education from the University of Nottingham. She currently is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. Her PhD research mainly focuses on the effects of different dynamic geometry and drawing tools on senior grade middle school students’ learning of three dimensional shapes. She is planning to conduct a design based research which compares the cases in the United Kingdom and the Turkish Republic. She is in the LINK 2017 Committee, and looking forward to be a part of the conference. 

Ayman Altoum

MSc Civil Engineering

I’m a surveying engineer from Sudan, studying for MSc degree in civil engineering, interested in Geospatial science in (e.g. GIS, Remote sensing, GNSS Navigation and computer vision). I enjoy learning new skills in general, and I believe that knowledge is not something that is bound to a particular field or department.

Ashraf-Ul-Bari Nobel

1st year PhD Student, School of Law

The focus of my research is on the existing supplier review system under the public procurement laws of Bangladesh. Academic literature addressing this area is currently non-existent and I aim to fill this gap. The research could help the Bangladeshi public officials and suppliers who utilise this system to better under the rules, reveal the flaws that the system may have and help in providing ideas for reforms to policy makers. I have previously completed a LLM from this University. I am also a qualified Barrister of England and Wales, an advocate of Bangladesh and a CEDR Accredited Mediator. I am a big foodie and love to travel.

Cathy Ping Xie

3rd year PhD student, School of Education

A passionate educator and researcher! After working at secondary schools in China for thirteen years, Cathy came to Nottingham and started her PhD journey in 2014. She was enthusiastic about working with kids, and exploring the world with her students in- and out-of the classroom. She co-organised and led the first Chinese student team to Kilimanjaro and Serengeti expedition in Tanzania in 2012. She believes that quality education, in particular, high quality teachers and leaders, can make a difference to student development, which will make a phenomenal impact on their future life. She would like to work with people from all walks of life, who share the same interest in education, to help students ‘smile’ more on- and off-campus.

Eleanor Bellows

2nd year PhD student, School of Life Sciences

I am a 2nd year PhD student in the school of Life Sciences, my research is looking to understand the role RNA modifications at the synapse using molecular biology approaches. I am on the post graduate sounding board representing PGR students in the faculty of medicine and health sciences. Being on this committee has given me a great opportunity to give back to the student community.

Abdelaziz Fadoul

2nd year PhD student, Civil Engineering

My main research area is the application of novel Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to the design and construction sectors. I am aiming to bridge the identified gap between the available advanced techniques such as Building Information Technologies (BIM) and the demand to ease the evident struggle in achieving an integrated design in buildings and excelling current benchmarks.

Jessica Kane

MA Film and TV

I am currently pursuing a Masters in Film, Television and Screen Industries. Having studied the theoretical and practical aspects of this medium for my Undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow, I am really enjoying gaining a greater understanding of how the screen industries work here at Nottingham. My interests currently focus on how audiences are created and managed, in particular the franchise strategy, the blurring of the ‘cult’ fan and digital marketing techniques. As a member of the Post Graduate Sounding Board and Course Rep at the University I am keen to help students have the best post-graduate experience possible. 

Paige Roden

MA English Studies

Hi all, my name is Paige and I am a MA English Studies student.  My main field of study is the concept behind the word "text" and how social, historical, cultural and political factors affect our understanding of what a text is and the interpretations we establish, strengthen and/or challenge from a text. Oh, and I also enjoy lifting weights and gin

Snigdha Dutta

1st year PhD student, School of Medicine and Health Sciences

A devout positive psychology follower, researching how to develop resilience to enhance psychological well-being in university students. With my PhD, I aim to construct a theoretical model to predict and understand resiliency in students that can be used for the formation of context and culture-sensitive interventions. As a resilience researcher, I am an idealist and full of hope for the existence of universities where psychological health of students is given equal priority along with academic success. Studying and researching at the University of Nottingham has been fantastic because of how it celebrates and embraces the sheer diversity of the student population. Apart from researching, I’m also a resident tutor and a part of an incredible welfare team for undergraduate students at the University.

Rebecca Storer

MA Critical Theory and Politics

I am studying an MA in Critical Theory and Politics following my degree in Politics and International Relations. My particular research interests are race theory, postcolonialism and the politics of race, from Western involvement in the Syrian refugee crisis to Black Lives Matter. More broadly, I’m interested in being involved with transformative social and political activism.

Mobeen Ali

3rd year PhD student, School of Physics

My research aims to validate MRI measurements of Iron concentrations in the brain through comparison of post-mortem MRI data with histological and spectroscopic methods. Iron is important for the brain to function properly but too much Iron can lead to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Throughout my time at Nottingham, which is also the birthplace of MRI, I have been an active member in many different societies and sports as I love to try new activities.

Jodi Watt

1st year PhD student, School of Medicine & Health Sciences

My research aims to address the pressing urge for a dementia diagnostic and treatments by looking at metabolic failure associated with the condition, using various MRI techniques. I am also very passionate about breaking down the barriers between different fields, and particularly so about heightening relationships between science and art. As such, I’m hoping I can bring many fresh ideas to LINK’17!

Funmi Agbesanwa

1st year PhD Student, School of Pharmacy

Hello! I am a qualified pharmacist currently undertaking a PhD in maximising the use of an electronic pill box to increase medication adherence in patients. I have enjoyed the challenge of my PhD so far, it has encouraged me to think outside the box which is just what I needed. Alongside this, I am a practising community pharmacist and a keen pharmacy practice demonstrator to undergraduate pharmacy students. I am also enthusiastic about inter-disciplinary projects such as Link17!

Daniel Grossegger

2nd year PhD student, Civil Engineering

As a current 2nd year PhD student I am investigating the self-healing ability of bitumen and asphalt. Though research in this field is going on for over 60 years, there are still unanswered questions and I try to tackle these with new approaches. Beside my research I administer the position as postgraduate engineering research representative, which gives me the opportunity to engage in different student projects, like this conference, and make a positive change for my fellow student researcher. And I am part of the sustainability research network, in order to connect students across disciplines to interact, discuss and to create awareness under the topic of a sustainability.

Abdulrazak Otaru

3rd year PhD Student, Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering

Abdulrazak Otaru majors in fluid mechanics, computational fluid dynamics, porous media modeling and poro-acoustic (modeling and experiment) with application to internal flow problems (porous media) at macro and micro-scale level. Mr. Otaru graduated top of his class from the department of chemical engineering, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Nigeria with a B.Eng in chemical engineering; an unprecedented cumulative grade point record in the anal of post-graduate (Master) program in the Federal University of Technology Minna, Nigeria; and a recipient of 2012 Zeno Karl Schindler Foundation - Master Thesis Award, Viganello, Switzerland. Mr. Otaru is currently a Ph.D. researcher at the Gas Turbine & Transmissions Research Centre, the University of Nottingham, UK and a recipient of the 2014 Dean of Engineering Research Scholarship for International Excellence offered by the University of Nottingham. Mr. Otaru has in possession various local and international awards for his academic transcendence. He has published a quality paper in Elsevier (Science Direct) from his Ph.D. work and will continue to do so as he progresses in his fishing expedition. Mr. Otaru is skilled with commercial image processing and CFD software like Simpleware, COMSOL Multiphysics, Fluent etc. As part of his experience, he has been actively involved in the teaching and demonstration the use of COMSOL Multiphysics to solve engineering problems to chemical engineering students of the University of Nottingham, UK.

Mohataz Hossain

4th year PhD student, School of Architecture and Built Environment

I am an architect and a researcher in the field of environmental design. Designing safe and comfortable built environment for occupants’ health and wellbeing is my core research area. My ongoing PhD research focuses on improving the indoor working environment of ready-made garment factories to ensure the thermal comfort of the clothing workers. Beside my passion for teaching architecture, I am also into photography and travelling.