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Gibson Group: Alaina E Emmanuella

Alaina was part of the Gibson group as a PhD student (2011-2016). She now works as a Process Control Specialist at Amazon. See below for details of Alaina's work whilst a Gibson Group member.


Alaina was born in Lund, Sweden and moved to England in 1998, where she completed her undergraduate BSc in Chemistry with Management at the University of Warwick (2010). Prior to beginning the PhD program she also completed an MSc in Analytical Science: Methods and Instrumental Techniques (ASMIT) at the University of Warwick. As part of the course she undertook a research project with the Dave Haddleton group which focused on the acquisition of binding data of glycoproteins to surface bound lectins using Quartz Crystal Microbalance (with Dissonance monitoring).

Research Interests

Alaina is supervised by Dr R. Notman in the Centre for Scientific Computing/Chemistry, and works in collaboration with M. I. Gibson and T. Congdon. She is currently working on molecular dynamics simulation of antifreeze biomimics. In particular we aim to combine experimental and computational modelling methods to investigate the molecular-level mechanisms of antifreeze active synthetic polymers. Ultimately we aim use this information to develop novel macromolecules with well-defined and optimised antifreeze properties.


Warwick Postgraduate Symposium, 28th May 2014, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

Café Academique, 15th October, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK


Frontiers of computer simulation in chemistry and materials science, 6th-7th February 2014, Buckinghamshire , UK

Warwick Postgraduate symposium, 28th May 2014, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

3rd RSC Younger Members Symposium, 24th June 2014, Birmingham University, Birmingham, UK

3rd Ice Binding Conference, 3rd-8th August 2014, Hokkaido University, Hokkaido, Japan

CCP5 Annual Meeting, 8th-11th September 2014, Telford, UK

Warwick Postgraduate Symposium, 30th May 2013, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

CCP5 MD/NET, 2nd-5th April 2013, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

CCP5 Summer School, 21st-20th July 2013, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Software Carpentry Bootcamp, 3rd-4th December 2013, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

EPSRC Molecular self-assembly at surfaces: From Theory to Experiment and Back, 12-13th December 2013, University of Warwick, Coventry UK

RSC Carbohydrate Group Autumn Meeting, 27th-28th September 2012, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK