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Hannah graduated with an MChem from the University of Oxford in 2017. She is now a second year PhD chemist, on the BBSRC DTP at the University of Manchester. Her research looks at upconverting nanoparticles, and their application as sensors for metal ions. She has also worked on projects with luminescent lanthanide complexes, and fluorescent proteins.

Hannah recently completed a three month internship working on business development with life science companies in the Manchester Science Park. She is looking forward to another year with the North West Biotech Initiative, strengthening connections with the thriving local biotech industry.

When not filling her time with science-based activities, Hannah enjoys playing the piano, and all things arty or edible.

NBI Chair

Hannah Wilson

Won Young is an undergraduate student studying Medicine at the University of Manchester. He completed the International Baccalaureate at United World College South East Asia in Singapore. He is interested in MedTech particularly the use of medical devices and AI in medical settings.  

He has a great interest in the biotechnology field since high school and is a strong believer that Mobile Health is a major technological enabler in improving the quality of life of the elderly and also bringing basic medical care to impoverished communities and the developed world in terms of increasing global affordability and access.   

Having planned big conferences and events before like South East Asia Mathematics Competition 2018 held in Singapore, he is excited to join the NWBI committee as the Operations Lead. He hopes to gain further insight into the biotechnology field and aspires to equip himself with the skills needed to contribute to the building of a meaningful mobile health solution.  

Outside of academics, he volunteers for various organisations in Manchester and attends a diverse range of conferences and hackathons around the UK.

Operations Lead

Won Young Yoon


Ignas is a second year Biotechnology student at the University of Manchester. He was captivated by the field in the years of High School and is now aiming to excel as a professional with the goal of working with pharmaceuticals in the future. He has a particular interest in cell and gene therapy and is diving deep into the field by researching applications of CRISPR/Cas9 to treat human genetic diseases for his dissertation.

Apart from the academic focus, his passion is bringing science into business and commerce. Ignas has recently completed a one month internship in a company developing novel hemp strains, as well as sophisticated production methods to produce high quality hemp fibre. Ignas seeks to create a network of like-minded biotechnology enthusiasts and to create the means for such people to flourish and develop, which is why he was delighted to join the NBI committee as the Operations Officer
Professionalism aside, Ignas enjoys playing drums and is also drawn by wakeboarding.

Operations Officer

Ignas Janukonis


Aabhas is a postgraduate student in The University of Manchester, studying Health Data Science. He completed his undergraduate in Pharmacy in 2016 from Chitkara University, India. In his intermediate years, Aabhas has gained experience working in multiple disciples such as pharmaceutical industry, digital healthcare start-ups and ERP software sales and marketing.

Aabhas thinks of himself as an entrepreneurial ninja who loves spending time brainstorming ideas for innovation and solving quandaries in the healthcare sector. He is extremely excited to work as a ‘Finance Lead’ in the NorthWest Biotech Initiative and considers this an opportunity to build perpetual relations within the biotech industry.

Aabhas is passionate for sports, bike rides and cooking. If he could go back in time and choose an alternative career for himself, he would be a ‘chef’.

Finance Lead

Aabhas Chawla

Chloe is an undergraduate MSci student studying Medical Biochemistry, currently undertaking her final year research project investigating cancer cell migration. She is excited to begin her PhD with Cancer Research UK, studying metastatic ovarian cancer. Being from the North West herself, Chloe is dedicated towards encouraging young talented scientists to consider a career within the region. 

Through her new role as Communications Lead, Chloe hopes to learn more about the local opportunities in industry and develop her scientific writing skills. 

When not in the lab, Chloe enjoys the outdoors and loves to visit the Lake District.

Communications Lead

Chloe Flett