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Sofia Goia (PhD)

First year PhD student, currently conducting a research project as part of Team Stavros, based in the Chemistry Department at The University of Warwick, under the supervision of Prof. Vasilios Stavros and Dr. Scott Habershon (The University of Warwick), Dr. Adam Burris and Dr. Laura Wildsmith (Syngenta, Warfield, Bracknell, RG42 6EY). The research is focused on Photosystem I herbicides, with a main aim in understanding their mechanisms of action through ultrafast spectroscopy, and building up a suitable model system which will provide a basis for the study of novel compounds.

Academic Background

MSc Analytical Science and Instrumentation, Warwick University (2017 – 2018)

Grade: MSc with Merit

Relevant Modules: Techniques in Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis, Chromatography, Electrochemistry and Sensors, Statistics and Data Analysis, Mass Spectrometry, Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Interdisciplinary Transferable Skills

BSc Analytical Chemistry and Forensic Science, Coventry University (2014 – 2017)

Grade: Honours First Class
Relevant Modules: Work Experience in Biomolecular Science, Principles of Analytical Techniques, Analytical Sciences in Industry, Contemporary Skills for Biomolecular Sciences, Biomolecular Analysis, Instrumentation and Advanced Techniques in Analysis, Case Studies in Analysis

Research Projects

The University of Warwick, MSc Research Project (Apr 2018 - Sep 2018)

Understanding the Mechanisms of Action of Photosystem I Herbicides through the use of Steady State and Ultrafast Spectroscopy

  • Research Project in partnership with Syngenta, UK
  • Analysis: UV/Vis Spectroscopy, Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Transient Electronic Absorption Spectroscopy (TEAS)
  • Supervisors: Prof. Vasilios Stavros, Ben Robinson
The University of Warwick, Team Research Project (Apr 2018)

Pharmaceutical Products and Ingredients - Assessment of Purity in Oral Contraceptives: Trace Metals and Active Ingredient Analysis

  • Team Research Project: Real World Analysis
  • Analysis: Inductively Coupled Plasma – Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES), High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC), Column Chromatography, Gas Chromatography- Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS), UV/Vis Spectroscopy, Fourier Transform-Infra Red Spectroscopy (FT-IR)
  • Supervisors: Dr. Christopher A. Wootton, Dr. Nikola Chmel
Coventry University, BSc Research Project (Sep 2016 - Mar 2017)

The detection of breakdown products from an acid copper electrolyte solution through standard electroplating conditions and under the influence of an ultrasonic field

  • Research Project in partnership with Coventry University’s Functional Materials Research Group
  • Analysis: Sample pre-treatment by Solid Phase Extraction; HPLC and UV-Vis Spectrophotometry analysis of electrolyte solutions from electroplating experiments performed under standard conditions and under the influence of a 20-kHz and 40-kHz ultrasonic field, surface analysis of the copper deposits via Scanning Electron Microscopy
  • Supervisors: Dr. Alan Greenwood, Narinder Bains, Dr. John Graves
Coventry University, Voluntary Research Work (Aug 2016 - Dec 2016)
  • Research Project: Identification and Characterisation of Enzymes
  • Analysis: The use of basic laboratory equipment, solution preparation, streak plating, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), DNA cloning, enzyme purification, Gel Electrophoresis
  • Supervisor: Dr. Sharon Mendel Williams

Sofia Goia, MAS - CDT

Senate House

The University of Warwick

Coventry, CV4 7AL

S.Goia@warwick.ac.uk

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