Safety of Nanomaterials

SAFENANO Team

Prof Rob Aitken
CEO

Prof. Rob Aitken is CEO at the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) and the Director of the SAFENANO initiative. He leads IOM's work programme on nanotechnology risk which currently encompasses SAFENANO, more than five major European Commission FP7 framework projects and a series of major public reviews for Government Agencies. His main scientific interests are in exposure and risk assessment of fine particles and he has contributed more than 50 publications on these issues.

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William Brown
Section Head

William Brown is the Section Head of SAFENANO, joining IOM in February 2018 with over 20 years’ experience in a mixture of contract research/analysis, environmental monitoring/analysis and team management working to GLP, GMP and UKAS quality standards

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Dr Matthew Boyles
Senior Toxicologist

Matthew Boyles (BSc, PhD) joined SAFENANO at the Institute of Occupational Medicine in May 2017 as Senior Toxicologist. After graduating with an honours degree in Biomedical Science, Matthew undertook a PhD in Nanotoxicology at Edinburgh Napier University. Since completing his PhD in 2012 Matthew has held numerous post-doctoral positions in the UK and abroad; working in multidisciplinary consortiums and for industrial partners he has gained valuable experience in testing biological responses to particles, fibres and nanomaterials, and in their synthesis and characterisation. Matthew’s interests lie in various material applications including those used for medical purposes, and in industrial processes, as well as substances found to be environmental toxins.

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Emma Carnaghan
Scientist

Emma Carnaghan is a Scientist for SAFENANO at the Institute of Occupational Medicine. Emma joined IOM in April 2017 upon graduating from the University of Edinburgh with a MChem (Hons) in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry.

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Polly Cooper
Scientist

Polly Cooper is a Scientist in the Analytical Services Division at the Institute of Occupational Medicine. Polly joined IOM in July 2017 after graduating from Heriot Watt University with a First Class MChem Degree with Honours in Chemistry.

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