MPLS Enterprise and Innovation Fellows 2020-21
Dr Heloise Greeff is a Junior Research Fellow in Engineering at the CHI Lab at the University of Oxford, and member of Linacre College. Her work focuses on creating novel machine learning algorithms for remote health monitoring systems in limited-resource settings. Her previous research resulted in the patented system for handpump monitoring in rural Kenya and Bangladesh. She is now leading CHI Lab’s Wellcome Trust-funded initiative on critical care innovations for LMICs. Heloïse has an entrepreneurial focus on needs-led data-driven technologies and the importance of interdisciplinary collaborations to deliver impactful solutions. She was named as one of South Africa’s Fifty Inspiring Women in tech and joint winner of the Oxford Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation award.
Dr Yige Sun is a PDRA and Faraday Institution Research Fellow in the Nextrode project with Prof. Patrick Grant. Her work involves microstructural manipulation and analysis of lithium-ion battery electrode microstructure. As a STEM researcher, she started her enterprise journey in 2010 as a student entrepreneur in Tsinghua University, where she graduated as the Excellent Student Leader. She was a junior researcher at National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), where she continued her enterprise exploring, and invented 2 granted Japan patents. She engaged in entrepreneurship workshops/courses both in China and Japan. After which she came to Oxford, participated in the postdoc enterprise courses RisingWISE in 2019. Now as an MPLS Enterprise and Innovation Fellow, she will work with the divisional Enterprise team and the department to help shape an enterprise development programme tailored for postgraduates, postdocs, early career academics and research staff. She is happy to chat about music, traveling as well as enterprise and innovation, to share ideas/thoughts virtually and eventually in person. Outside of work, Yige is an archer in Oxford Archers club, who is gathering strength and waiting for the archery fields to open soon…
Dr Stefano Germano is a scientist with a great passion for innovation. He currently is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Computer Science. His research focuses on how Artificial Intelligence and Semantic Technologies can improve knowledge management in non-conventional environments.
Since the beginning of his career, Stefano has combined purely academic activities with industrial ones. He has been involved in various international research projects with academic partners as well as small and big companies. He has worked as a consultant and scientific advisor for spin-off and small businesses in the information technology field. Always eager to practise and learn more about innovation and innovative projects, he participated in several activities, competitions, events, and courses on these topics.
Dr Fawad Jamshed is a Lead Engineer at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Engineering Science. Before joining Engineering Science, he was working at the Nuffield Department of Medicine (NDM) and held an honorary contract with the NHS. At NDM, Fawad collaborated on joint projects with Public Health England, Public Health Wales, Public Health Scotland, and Oxford Nanopore Technologies on next-generation public health care projects. Prior to NDM, Fawad worked at Neurolex Group, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, and collaborated with Medical Research Council - Cognitive and Brain Science Unit on a number of different projects. He has also worked as a consultant with industrial partners, particularly in the healthcare industry, and assisted them in developing products under regulatory controls (FDA + MHRA). He is currently a member of Congregation.
Dr Imad Ahmed is an environmental chemist, innovator and developer. He was a research fellow at the Department of Earth Sciences and has extensive research experience in environmental nanochemistry and advanced analytical instrumentations applied to ‘Chemical Speciation of Elements’. He is interested in enabling and creating smart sustainable innovations that provide simple and efficient solutions to environmental and pollution-related health problems. He is the founder of ‘Nanolyse Technologies’, a spinout company of Oxford University that specialises in building chemical sensor technologies for measuring pollution. He is a Chartered Chemist and currently serves as a Council Member of the RSC Material Chemistry Division and the RSC Nomination Committee. More recently, he was elected a representative of the Spectroscopy User Committee at Diamond Light Source. He was formerly an Ideas-2-Impact Fellow at the Oxford Saïd Business School.