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The Stanley Lab - Current Team Members



Principle Investigator

Claire is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London and leads the Microbiome-Microscopy and Microfluidics Lab. Her research focusses on developing new microfluidic technologies to probe the interplay between living organisms found in soil environments at the single cell level. Claire has also established several collaborative projects in Switzerland, Europe and the USA. In her spare time she loves to dance and paint!



PhD Student

Léa is a postgraduate research student in the Microbiome-Microscopy and Microfluidics Lab. Her research aims at deciphering the responsiveness of environmental spore communities using microfluidic chemostats. She holds a MSc in Bioengineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and has worked for several years in the fields of medical devices and biotechnologies before returning to academia to pursue her PhD studies.



PhD Student

Amelia is a postgraduate research student in the Microbiome-Microscopy and Microfluidics Lab. Her research utilises microfluidic technology to investigate water transport along hyphal networks of different fungal species and how microchannel saturation impacts bacterial dispersion along hyphae. Before joining Imperial, Amelia obtained a BSc in Biological Sciences and a MRes in Biomedicine from the University of Reading. She likes film, music and travelling.



PhD Student

Louis is a postgraduate research student in the Microbiome-Microscopy and Microfluidics Lab and is funded by the Leverhulme Centre for the Holobiont at Imperial College London. His research uses microfluidic devices to investigate Mucoromycotina fine root endophytic (MFRE) fungi. Before joining Imperial, Louis obtained an BA in Plant Sciences from the University of Cambridge. In his spare time, he loves to hike and cook.

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PhD Student

Seda is a PhD student in the Microbiome-Microscopy and Microfluidic Lab.



Postdoctoral Research Associate

Emily is a postdoctoral researcher in the Microbiome-Microscopy and Microfluidics lab. Her research aim is to develop novel microfluidic devices for the study of microbial interactions. She completed her PhD in Molecular Microbial Ecology at Rothamsted Research, jointly funded by Cranfield University and the Teagasc Walsh Scholarship program. Emily studied Biology at Leeds University with a focus on plant molecular biology, with an industrial placement in marine conservation. She likes hiking, karate and baking.



PhD Student

Felix is a postgraduate research student in the Microbiome-Microscopy and Microfluidics Lab and aligned with the Grantham Institute's Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet DTP at Imperial College London. He investigates arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) using self-manufactured microfluidic devices. Before joining Imperial, Felix obtained a BSc and an MSc in Biotechnical Chemistry from Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany. He likes sports, nature, films and music.

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PhD Student

Kate is a PhD student funded by the BioDesign Engineering CDT. Her research aims to develop a microfluidic device in which DNA strands are immobilised undergo continuous transcription. She will then use these devices to prototype RNA-based nanotechnologies. Before joining this lab, Kate studied towards a BSc in Biosciences at the University of Durham. Outside of work, she enjoys spending her time climbing, cycling, and learning new things.



PhD Student

Maria is a postgraduate research student in the Microbiome-Microscopy and Microfluidics Lab, funded by the President’s PhD Scholarship and aligned with the Institute of Chemical Biology CDT. Her research investigates the responsiveness of environmental soil spore communities at the single-cell level. Maria studied Molecular Bioengineering at Imperial, with a year in industry working on single-cell genomics for drug discovery. She enjoys nature, singing and composing choral music! 

Group Photos!


Cameron Murphy

PhD Student, Civil and Bioengineering (2020 - 2023) ~ PDRA, MIT (USA)

Cheuk Leung, Safiyya Musa, Ziqian Chai

MEng Student, Biomedical Engineering (2022 - 2023)

Theo Humbeeck

MEng Student, Biomedical Engineering (2021 - 2022) ~ PhD (Canada)

Rebecca Diss

MRes Student, Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (Apr 2021 - Aug 2021) ~ PhD, John Innes Centre (UK)

Ishana Sood

MRes Student, Bioengineering (2020 - 2021) ~ PhD, University of Edinburgh (UK)

Nicola Maxwell

MEng Student, Biomedical Engineering (2020 - 2021)

Alejandro Gimeno

PhD Student (2017 - 2019)

Simon Binder

Masters Student (Apr 2019 - Sep 2019)

Eric Risse

Research Intern (Apr 2019 - Aug 2019)

Simone de Pasquale

Masters Student (Jan 2019 - Dec 2019)

Ming-Hui Hsung

Masters Student (Sep 2018 - Jan 2019)

Linus Ender

Bachelor Student (Apr 2017 - Sep 2017)

Andreas Buehler

Research Intern (2017 - 2018)

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