Congratulations to our Recent Graduates!

Congratulations to three of our our recent graduates/students that have secured research related employment in their fields.

Dr. Saiqa Muneer

Dr. Saiqa Muneer is a recent graduate with the MRS group under the supervision of Dr. Emad Kiriakous, Prof. Godwin Ayoko, and Dr. Nazrul Islam. During her Ph.D., She has developed nanoformulations and nanosensors for biomedical applications. She has fabricated functionalized nanomaterials and nanosensors for therapeutic drug monitoring (protein, antibodies, antibiotics) in blood using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS). She has also developed and characterized dry powder inhaler formulations for pulmonary drug delivery of antibiotics.

Novel nanoformulations and nanosensors for bioactive molecules of biomedical significance


Dr. Saiqa is now working as a Postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences at the University of Queensland, Australia. She is working in the Blanchfield group on the development of field-deployable detection methods for illicit drugs and their mixtures using SERS in collaboration with DSTG and QFES, Australia.

Dr Waleed Hassanien

Dr Waleed Hassanien completed his PhD last year with the MRS Group under the supervision of Dr Emad Kiriakous and Professor Godwin Ayoko.

Waleed’s PhD project was concerned with the development of novel fictionalized nano-materials and nano-sensors for the selective and ultra-sensitive bio-analysis of different bioactive molecules using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) and electrochemical methods.

“Novel Nanoscale Platforms for the Isolation and Ultra-trace Detection of Bioactive Molecules”

Waleed now works at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK as a postdoctoral research associate in the Center for Molecular Nanometrology. He is currently part of Professors Duncan Graham & Karen Faulds’ research group and is now working on the ultra-sensitive enhanced nanosensing of anti-microbial resistance project funded by EPSRC.


Dr Daniel Sarfo

Dr Daniel Sarfo has recently completed his PhD with the MRS Group under the supervision of Professor Godwin Ayoko and Dr Emad Kiriakous.

During his PhD project Daniel proposed and developed sensitive, selective and portable surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) methodologies for the rapid on site detection of Pb(II) pollution in water utilizing aminobenzo-18-crown-6 (AB18C6) as a selective recognition molecule.

“Ultra Trace Detection of Environmental Toxicants Using Nanosensors”

Since his graduation Daniel has accepted a position as a postdoctoral researcher here at QUT on a project led by Professor Anthony O’Mullane.




Mr Joshua Carroll

Joshua Carroll is close to completing his PhD under the supervision of Associate Professor Esa Jaatinen and Dr Emad Kiriakous.

Joshua’s research has primarily concerned the use of Eye-safe UV stand-off Raman spectroscopy for the long range detection of concealed hazards.

“Eye-safe UV stand-off Raman spectroscopy for the ranged detection of explosives in the field” & “Comparison of Stand-off Raman Spectroscopy Techniques for the Detection of Concealed Explosives”

Despite not having technically completed his PhD yet, Joshua has recently been appointed as a research associate here at QUT on a Grand Challenge project project with his supervisor, Associate Professor Esa Jaatinen concerning the standoff detection of hazardous substances.