Dr Luigi Occhipinti

Principal Investigator

Email: lgo23 {at}

Dr Luigi Occhipinti joined the University of Cambridge in April 2014. He developed science and innovation for more than 25 years in emerging technology areas for the post-CMOS roadmap, smart systems heterogeneous integration, polymer and printed electronics, advanced bio-systems and molecular diagnostics, advanced signal processing and nonlinear computation, advanced mechanical, optical and chemical sensor technologies, with focus on miniaturization and advanced packaging technologies for smart devices and products. His current position is Director of Research in Graphene and Related Technologies and he serves as Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Cambridge Graphene Centre.

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Tasnim Chowdhury

PhD Student

Email: tnc24 {at}

Tasnim is a post-graduate research student working towards a PhD at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Smart Sensor Technology. She is working in the Cambridge Graphene Centre and is a member of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. 


After graduating from Newcastle University with a honours degree in Medicinal Chemistry, Tasnim has worked in various roles at a fast paced pharmaceutical CDMO in Alnwick, Northumberland with world class facilities and industry leading scientists. She is highly experienced in HPLC, Drug formulation and development, GLP and GMP processes. As a member of the Environmental Management group on site, she worked to promote sustainability and identify areas that can be improved both on site and beyond.


Tasnim particularly find interest in the topic of metal oxides and nanomaterials and how they can be utilised as a sensing material, within a textile fibre. Due to her passion for the environment, she would like to see e-fibres and e-textiles developed so that they can generate their own power through solar and kinetic energy, as well as being resilient enough that the item is strong and durable.

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Tharun Reddy Kandukuri

PhD Student

Email: trk25 {at}

Tharun finished the first two years of his undergraduate education at the Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) in India. During his sophomore year, he applied for an International transfer and got admitted into State University of New York at Binghamton, where he finished his Bachelors with an Honours degree. Tharun graduated Summa Cum Laude and was also the topper of his University with a CGPA of 3.99/4.0.


During his studies, Tharun represented great societies and served in many roles. He was the Honorary lifetime member at Tau Beta Pi Chapter for Engineers and acted as the Vice president of Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society for Electrical Engineers. In the meantime, Tharun worked as a lead tutor at University tutorial services at Binghamton University. His scientific interests include Bio Electronics especially Deep Brain Stimulation. He is also passionate about photonics and high speed communication technologies.

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Giorgio Mallia

PhD Student

Email: gm662 {at}

Giorgio is currently working towards a PhD in bio-inspired microelectronic circuits, electrophysiological interfaces and their enhancement through the integration of graphene and related materials. He joined the University of Cambridge in October 2019, as a member of Wolfson College. The following year, he earned the degree of Master of Research (MRes) in Graphene Technology at the Cambridge Graphene Centre, in the Department of Electrical Engineering. As part of the MRes, he investigated the pioneering idea of implementing noise distribution transformers with field programmable analog arrays of graphene field effect transistors (GFETs). Furthermore, during the 2020 COVID pandemic, he reviewed current graphene-based bio-sensing platforms for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 related biomarkers.

In August 2019, Giorgio Mallia earned an integrated Master of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London. He specialised on an Electrical Engineering pathway. 

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Ioannis Prattis

PhD Student

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Ioannis is a PhD student at the Department of Engineering, and he is awarded an EPSRC studentship with industrial support by Cambridge Display Technologies Ltd. His PhD project focuses on the development of novel biosensing platforms for cancer detection, aiming to transform the current biopsy procedures. 


He obtained a BSc in Biology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and an MSc in Human Molecular Genetics from Imperial College London. During his Master, Ioannis was awarded a 6-month scholarship to conduct his thesis research at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute evaluating the role LMTK2 kinase in prostate cancer.


Prior to starting his PhD, Ioannis worked for several years as an R&D scientist in a biotech company developing molecular reagents for a wide range of PCR-based diagnostic platforms. 

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Dafydd Ravenscroft

PhD Student

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Dafydd has a background in Mathematics and Computer Science. Most recently he has been involved in machine learning having carried out research in medical imaging and automated lip reading. Before embarking on this course, he worked at Cambridge start-up Bios - a neural interface company designing smart bionics. During his time there, he worked on using machine learning techniques to analyse and interpret neural signals being relayed through the nervous system with the aim of using these to control a prosthetic limb.

This work inspired his interest in the development of novel technologies for medical purposes leading to him joining the EPSRC Sensor Technologies CDT. In his MPhil project he worked with the Occhipinti group to develop a wearable graphene strain gauge sensor for silent speech recognition based on throat movement.

He is now undertaking a PhD entitled "Implantable Biosensors for Monitoring Neuroinflammation". In this work he aims to develop a biosensor which can measure, in-situ and in real-time, the levels of key biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid which are associated with neuroinflammation. This research has the potential to improve the understanding of the spread of neurodegenerative diseases.

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Muzi Xu

PhD Student

Email: mx247 {at}

Muzi is a PhD student at the Department of Engineering, as a member of Trinity College, Cambridge. She is awarded a CSC Cambridge International Scholarship and working in the Cambridge Graphene Center focusing on wearable haptic sensor system for silent communications.


Before coming to Cambridge, Muzi completed her Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at National University of Singapore, followed by a one-year graduate research fellow position. And as an outstanding graduate representative, she obtained her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Macromolecular Materials and Engineering from Shenzhen University where she ranked 1st place in the consecutive years and got numerous scholarships such as China National Scholarship and Tencent Scholarship for Innovators. Till now, she has published 4 journal papers as a co-author and 9 China patents, seven of which have been granted.


During her studies, Muzi took part in various aviation and entrepreneurial activities. As a member of the Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots, she got her pilot’s license (helicopter) at the age of 17, being recognized as the youngest female pilot in China at that time. As a member of class of Entrepreneurship Elite in SZU, she attended and organized a wide range of events including establishment of a communication society for entrepreneurs and innovators.



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