Konstantina Simou

Nina has a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), during which she spend a year at the Institute of Chemical and Bioengineering, ETH (Switzerland) to study interactions between fungal and bacteria using microfluidic platforms. She was the second of many group members from Greece, and has been passionate about science and research.    

Nina’s project started at the nanomechanical properties of cartilage, as a joint project with Prof. Jon Preece  School of Chemistry) and collaboration with Dr Simon W. Jones (Institute of Inflammation and Ageing), which then evolved in developing novel viscosupplementation formulation to address early stage osteoarthritis using tribological principles. As one could gather, this is a multi-disciplinary project that is of great fun, e.g. visiting a slaughter with short notice to collect fresh cartilage.