The next Inside Diamond open day will feature stalls and activities, a short introduction to Diamond and a tour of the machine. We expect the visit will last around two and a half hours. Booking for open days opens 6-8 weeks in advance of the event. Click here for more details.
When I was in Nigeria, the highest-powered microscope I had used had a mirror as a light source to reflect sun from the window. This was when I studied zoology for my bachelor’s degree. At this point, I realised that most of my knowledge was at the organ and system level and I wanted to know more. I eventually started using higher powered microscopes until I was doing some cool superresolution microscopy during my PhD in New Zealand to study the rearrangement and remodelling of cardiac proteins. Now I work in biophysics which is the interface between biology and physics where we try to answer real-life medical questions.Read more...
What’s your professional background and how did you come to work at Diamond?
I studied Chemistry at the University of Seville, during which I had the opportunity to participate in an X-ray absorption experiment at the Daresbury Laboratory. In preparation for the trip, I read everything I could find about synchrotrons and X-ray absorption spectroscopy, and this was when I started to get interested in this world. During this first experiment, I came to realize how valuable beamtime really was, and how important it is to collect the data that is needed to continue with the research carried out in the group.Read more...
So Silvia, you joined Diamond in January 2014. What brought you here?
At the age of 17 I chose to study physics at Pierre et Marie Curie University Paris as I was planning to be a physics researcher. However, following a move to the ‘Instituto Superior Tecnico’ (School of Engineering) in Lisbon, Portugal, my interests turned to software engineering. I was excited to study and work in a field that is evolving and improving all the time, and which has a direct impact on research. After completing my post-doc as a visiting scientist at the ‘Institut fur Plasmaphysik’ (IPP, Max Planck Institut) in Germany, I decided that I would like to tackle new challenges in a different scientific environment. I was keen to work at a large research facility and found an opening at Diamond that related to both my scientific and engineering background. I applied, got the job, and here I am!Read more...
Pardeep, what brought you to Diamond? How did you come to work here?
I always wanted to be a scientist. I grew up in Himachal Pradesh in India and as a child I was curious to understand how God can be everywhere. I turned to science to try to find the answer! At school I was inspired by my science teachers. Physics was always my favourite. Following a Masters in Physics at Panjab University, Chandigarh, I embarked on a PhD developing an experimental setup for material science investigations using nuclear techniques at the Inter-University Accelerator Centre, New Delhi. It was during this time that I became pretty sure I would follow a career in synchrotron science.Read more...
What’s your professional background and how did you first become interested in this field?
I completed my PhD in Computational Physics at the University of Reading. Following my PhD, I worked at the university on simulating materials, during which I collaborated with colleagues conducting experiments at synchrotron facilities like Diamond and created software to help them analyse their data. This led me to apply to work at Diamond as a member of the Data Acquisition Group, and later when it was created the Data Analysis Group. Initially at Diamond I worked heavily with the Tomography beamlines, and now I run the Imaging Team within the Data Analysis Group.
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