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The MPLS Enterprise Fellows represent and liaise with MPLS research staff (research only contract) to provide an evidence base for the enterprise training provision and support of fellow researchers.

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Following the successful piloting of the MPLS Enterprise Fellowship scheme last year, we are pleased to announce that we have secured funding for an extended programme this year, with a new group of one-year Fellowships starting in October 2019.  The focus of these Fellowships is for MPLS research staff (research only contract) to provide an evidence base for the enterprise training provision and support of fellow researchers.  

The role involves the following responsibilities:

  • Building on the experience and initiatives developed by the first cohort of MPLS Enterprise Fellows to shape a year-long enterprise development programme tailored for research staff 
  • Liaison with the existing MPLS RSS members, departmental and student-led enterprise societies,soliciting views and opinions from these groups and the wider research staff community, and feeding this information into the on-going development of the MPLS Enterprise programme
  • Cascading relevant information to and from research staff from the MPLS Enterprise programme and its partners in delivery
  • Writing proposals and managing a researchers consultancy project to map out ways to extend current support for research staff in developing their Enterprise skills, for consideration by the MPLS Enterprise programme 
  • Convening face to face shared practice opportunities for researchers to come together to discuss their experiences of participating in different elements of the Enterprise programme and any issues that arise  

MPLS  Enterprise Fellows: 2019-20

Martine Abboud 

noneDr Martine Abboud is a Junior Research Fellow in Chemical Biology at the University of Oxford. She is interested in enabling scientists, the community, and policy makers to work together efficiently and is pursuing work on antibiotic resistance, oxygen sensing, and metabolic enzymes involved in disease. Martine has a special entrepreneurial interest in the UK and the Middle-Eastern region. She has been recognised in her field as a Future Leader by the American Chemical Society and was named as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 - Europe. Contact:

Jiaoyan Chen 

noneDr. Jiaoyan Chen is a Senior Researcher at the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford. He works for the group of knowledge representation and reasoning on some projects about data analytics and semantic technologies, most of which are incorporation with industry partners. He has wide research interests including semantic table matching, knowledge graph correction, semantic embedding, knowledge-based learning, machine learning explanation, etc. He was previously a PostDoctoral Researcher in GIScience Research Group in Heidelberg University, working on learning and reasoning for spatial data. Jiaoyan did his Ph.D in Computer Science and Technology in Zhejiang University, with the thesis about knowledge reasoning and learning for spatio-temporal predictive analytics problems. Contact:

Melanie Ghoul

Melanie GhoulMelanie Ghoul is a Junior research fellow at Worcester College and a postdoc in evolutionary microbiology at the Zoology Department at the University of Oxford. Her work is focused on using computational and experimental techniques to study the problems with antibiotic resistance and tolerance in clinical pathogens. Melanie is an aspiring entrepreneur and this led her to explore the enterprise world. She has so far scientifically advised for colleagues' start-up/spin-off companies, advised industry on problems such as the antibiotic resistance problem, engaged in internships with startups, and participated in courses such as the Ideas 2 impact course for entrepreneurship at the Said Business School. She has also applied for several entrepreneurial grant schemes and has an ambition to slowly but surely be an active entrepreneur that can apply her own academic work. Contact:

Weixin Song

noneWeixin Song is a Postdoctor Research Associate in Department of Materials, University of Oxford. His research project is to characterise battery materials and interface structure underpinning the development of solid state batteries by electron microscopy techniques, such as TEM, STEM, EELS, EDX and electron ptychography. He received his Ph.D. in Material Electrochemistry from Imperial College London in 2019 funded by the President’s PhD Scholarship. He has been a member in Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) of Advanced Characterisation of Materials and London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN). He completed his BSc in 2012 and MSc in 2015 from Central South University, China. He has research interests in materials electrochemistry and characterisation with materials application in energy storage, electrocatalysis and photoelectrocatalysis. He has 42 publications that have been cited more than 2400 times and 18 licensed patents. He has contributed one book chapter published by Springer. He received the STFC Future Early Career Award in 2016 and MPLS Enterprise Fellowship in 2019.  He is keen on the research and enterprise programs related to energy materials. Contact:

Tianyou Xu

noneDr Ti Xu is a physicist by academic training. His DPhil was on the topic of magnetic resonance imaging physics (Lincoln College 2017). He has work experience in education, healthcare innovation, and venture capital. He is particularly passionate about the convergence of digital technologies with health and wellness, and he is a co-founder of a digital health startup that is part of the University of Oxford Incubator. Currently he is one of the programme managers of EPL-HIT, Enterprise Process Labs - High Intensity Training, which is designed to teach doctoral and postdoctoral researchers the skills necessary to identify enterprising opportunities and to pursue high-impact innovation. He was formerly an Ideas-2-Impact Fellow at the Oxford Saïd Business School. Outside of work, Ti is an avid cyclist and is frequently training in various parts of the world. Contact:

MPLS Enterprise Fellows: 2018-19

Erfan Soliman

noneErfan Soliman, DPhil, FHEA. Erfan is a biomedical engineer and educator with experience in curriculum design, product development, and business. He is a co-founder of a digital health company focussing on infant wellness, and he is passionate about developing technology for healthcare applications. He wears multiple hats at the University of Oxford as a stipendiary lecturer at Somerville College, a researcher in the Natural Interactions Lab, and an EIT Health liaison working on the establishment of an Institute for Needs-Led Innovation. As a former MPLS Enterprise Fellow, he has helped launch Enterprise Process Labs, a programme designed to support graduate students in the establishment of translational projects and university spin-out companies. Contact:

Viktoryia Shautsova

Craig Thompson

David Hume

Himanshu Jain