Joan is a third year PhD student at the University of Manchester. His research is mainly focused on employing biocatalysis for the synthesis of industrially relevant compounds, ranging from simple commodity chemicals to complex pharmaceutical building blocks.

In his first year with the North-west Biotech Initiative, Joan seeks to build perpetual relations with the local and national biotech industry in order to strengthen the bridge between academia and enterprise.

In his free time, Joan enjoys playing football, travelling and going to the cinema.

© 2020 Joan Citoler

Zachary is a fourth year Mchem student at the University of Manchester. He is currently undertaking a project investigating the synthesis of doped zeolite materials. He recently completed a three month internship at Nanoco Technologies, working in their life sciences department who specialise in the medical applications of quantum dots.

As Co-Chair for the North-West Biotech Initiative Zachary looks to build upon the work achieved by previous committees and increase the exposure the NBI has, to provide greater opportunities for students, academia and industry to collaborate.

© 2020 Zachary Hui

Joan Citoler

NBI Co-chair

Zachary Hui

NBI Co-chair

Iaroslav Kosov


In 2018 Ross graduated from The University of Manchester with an MChem in Chemistry with Industrial Experience. His industrial placement was done in a petroleum company in St Andrews. Now he is a second year student in Manchester Institute of Biotechnology researching towards a PhD in Chemistry.

Ross is passionate about chemistry and biotechnology. His project is focusing on structural biology for rational evolution of enzymes. 


As a general secretary, he is hoping to contribute to the diverse experience of the committee and continue the successful timeline of the NWBI.


Outside the lab Ross is a keen swimmer and cinemagoer.

© 2020 Iaroslav Kosov

Won Young Yoon

Operations Lead

Won Young is a medical student at the University of Manchester. He is from South Korea but has lived in Egypt, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. He completed the International Baccalaureate (Bilingual Diploma) 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 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, he has been on the NWBI committee as the Operations Lead since November 2018. 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 and attends a diverse range of conferences and hackathons around the UK.

© 2020 Won Young Yoon

Hak Jin Sim

Finance Lead

Jin graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc (Hons) Pharmacology and currently, he is embarking on his PhD project working on graphene and its electronic applications. He is also exploring the synthesis of other 2D materials such as boron nitride.

Jin is the finance lead for the NW Biotech and he is interested in how finances work and hope to later translate these skills in the industry in the future. He is also keen on planning and strategising events for the organisation while pitching for sponsorships to allow these events to be a success. He has previously interned in Merck Singapore, A STAR Singapore and participated in the software engineering programme organised by JP Morgan.

During his free time, Jin tends to participate in sporting events such as kayaking, football, badminton and going to the gym.

© 2020 Hak Jin Sim

Hannah Wilson


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.

© 2020 Hannah Wilson
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