Research Staff

                     Dr. Can Dincer
Having completed his studies in microsystems engineering, Can graduated from the Technical Faculty of the University of Freiburg. He received his PhD degree with summa cum laude in 2016 through his work on the topic “Electrochemical microfluidic multiplexed biosensor platform for point-of-care testing”. In early 2017, he has been awarded by the second place in Gips-Schüle Young Scientist Award for his dissertation. Can is currently a junior group leader at the Laboratory for Sensors at the Department of Microsystems Engineering of the University of Freiburg. The main research interest of his working group is the development of bioanalytical microsystems for various applications including diagnostics, food and environmental monitoring. In June 2017, he joined in the Güder Research Group as visiting researcher for one year. During this time, his focus will be on the paper-based analytical devices and their different applications.

                    Dr. Estefanía Núñez Bajo
Estefanía received the Chemistry BSc and the Master in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry at the University of Oviedo (Spain). Her Master Thesis dealt with the synthesis of organometallic electroactive compounds for the electrochemical detection of biomolecules. During the PhD Thesis, she performed two short-stays in the Whitesides’ group at Harvard University. She finished the PhD in Analytical Chemistry this June, at the University of Oviedo. She published two patents and four papers related to her PhD Thesis about the fabrication, nano-structuration and application of electrochemical and electrochemiluminescent paper-based (bio)sensors. Currently, she is a Post-Doc in the Guder Research Group, developing devices for DNA and hormones biosensing.

                    Dr Matti Kaisti
Matti Kaisti holds B.Sc. degree from the Turku University of Applied Sciences and M.Sc. degree from the University of Turku,
both in electrical engineering. After spending a few years in the industry exploring remote monitoring and space technologies
Matti joined University of Turku and received a Ph.D. degree in bioengineering with honours in 2017. Currently, he is a Fellow in
the Güder Research Group. He also holds M.Sc. degree in Economics. Matti is broadly interested in healthcare applications
and is working with DNA sensing, physiological monitoring and precision AgriTech technologies.

                    Dr Sina Naficy

Sina holds a B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering, a M.Sc. degree in Polymer Engineering, and a PhD degree in Materials Engineering (University of Wollongong, Australia). Currently, he is a Fellow at the University of Sydney and a Visiting Fellow at the Güder Research Group. Sina is broadly interested in soft robotics, flexible sensors and actuators, and novel gel structures for biomedical applications. You can find a link to his publications here.

PhD Students

                    Giandrin Barandun
Giandrin received his Master’s degree from ETH Zürich in Interdisciplinary Science with a focus on physics and physical chemistry. Thanks to the interdisciplinary nature of his studies he was able to look into various scientific areas. During his work at AXSEM, Giandrin helped optimize the power consumption of on-chip devices and together with the Positron Lab, he worked on the control and deceleration of positronium atoms. His PhD in the Güder Research Group is focused on paper-based devices, especially gas sensors, and their application.

                    Max Grell
Max received a 1st class Physics BSc & MPhys from the University of Warwick, specialising in experimental solid state physics. His masters research involved a novel technique for material characterisation using backscattered electrons in a SEM. Max also received an undergraduate research scholarship looking at electromagnetic acoustic transducers for ultrasonic tomography. Since joining the Plastic Electronics CDT at Imperial College he received a MRes with distinction, looking at metal oxide thin-film transistors. For his PhD with the Güder Research Group, Max is researching wirelessly enabled sensors. This involves novel printing techniques, chemical deposition, wireless electronics, energy harvesting and chemical sensing. Max has also founded a number of tech start-ups.

                    Matteo Soprani, Visiting PhD Candidate
Matteo received his Master’s degree in Food Safety and Control from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. Furthermore, he had the opportunity to participate in the Erasmus Traineeship project at the Liverpool John Moores University, UK. Since November 2016, he is conducting his PhD research on “Metal oxide semiconductor nanowire sensor investigation and application in the environmental and food fields” jointly in Information Engineering at Sensor Laboratory, University of Brescia, Italy and in CNR-INO. Currently, he is a visiting PhD student in the Güder Research. He is working on paper-based devices, especially gas sensors, and their application in the food safety and control.

                    Michael Kasimatis
Michael studied Chemistry at Durham University where he received his formal training and developed his interest in functional molecules and materials. He received his second degree in Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine from University College London where he focused on materials research and the functionalisation of artificial implantable organ scaffolds. Michael has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, textiles, and informatics in industrial and startup settings, and taught and performed research in Nanotechnology. He is currently doing his PhD in the Guder Research Group investigating wearable sensors, physiological monitoring, and flexible electronic materials.

                    Ugur Tanriverdi
Ugur studied his first degree in BSc Biomedical Engineering at Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey. After graduation, he moved to London where he received a Distinction Award in MSc Advanced Engineering Design and worked on various engineering projects including a robotic hand. He completed his second master’s degree MRes Medical Device Design and Entrepreneurship with Distinction Award, and he is currently doing his Ph.D. in Bioengineering at Imperial College London. In the Güder Research Group, his project is focused on developing a robotic leg socket to offer enhanced fitting and comfort for amputees. Ugur’s interests include medical devices, robotics, and interdisciplinary engineering applications. Besides his academic career, Ugur is also running his engineering design and consultancy company in London. 

                    Yasin Çotur
After graduating with a BSc degree from the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Boğaziçi University in Turkey, Yasin did his Master’s degree at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering in the same college. He has a wide range of experience in robotics, prosthetics, electronics, signal and systems, MRI image processing, iOS programming, machine learning and data science. As a team member of the Guder Research Group, his role is to design hardware and software modules of wearable systems for animals

MEng and MRes Students

                    Davide Villa

                    George Winfield

                    Jaime Aguilera-Garcia

                    Jiongye Chen

                    Kate Hobbs

                    Rebecca Leghziel

                    Yu-Hsien Hung


                    Alexander Camuto

                    Alex Collins

                    Georgios Nicolaou

                    Hong Seok Lee

                    Patricia Jankkila

                    Raphael De Saint-Exupery

                    Saeedeh Bagherbaigi

                    Sophie Webster

                    Olivier Ranunkel