QM+Emulate Centre Staff

ClareDr Joanne Nolan

Lead Centre Scientist
Queen Mary University of London

Joanne received her PhD from the University of Limerick (School of Medicine) in Ireland, where her research focused on breast cancer and how the Extracellular Matrix influences cancer cell behaviour. Having joined Queen Mary in 2021 she worked on an interdisciplinary CRUK-EPSRC funded project across both SEMS and Barts Cancer Institute. This work, in partnership with Emulate, focused on developing a new organ-on-a-chip model of breast cancer bone metastasis to study the interactions which occur between breast cancer and bone cells.

Joanne manages the Centre's suite of Human Emulation Systems and has specialist training in the use of the Emulate platform. She leads development of new models within the centre and will provide support and training for research teams in the design, preparation and analysis of their studies and development of research proposals.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3603
Email: joanne.nolan@qmul.ac.uk
Location: 323, Engineering, Mile End

Dr Sasha BerdichevskiDr Sasha Berdichevski

Principal Scientist/European Science Liaison
Emulate Inc.

Sahsa obtained a BA in Medical Laboratory Science (Faculty of Biology), an MSc in Physiology (Faculty of Medicine) and a PhD in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (Faculty of Biomedical Engineering) in Technion, Israel. Her research experience included investigating cytoprotective and cardiotoxic compounds on cardiomyocyte physiology; designing biosynthetic hydrogels for tissue engineering and developing imaging methodologies to identify host response to biodegradable implants. She has also established an injectable micro-carrier delivery system for cardiac muscle regeneration. After completion of her PhD in 2014, she joined the Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge as a Post-Doctoral Researcher, having obtained a Blavatnik Fellowship, followed by a Marie-Curie Fellowship. Her research interests were concerned with designing scaffolds for bone and capillary networks growth. In December 2018 she joined the IMED Post-Doctoral program at AstraZeneca, where she was working on evaluating hepatic sinusoidal zonation in Liver-Chip models.