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Sandra Nwokeoha

DPhil Student (4th Year) - CDT in Healthcare Innovation Studentship

SandraAcademic Background

Sandra graduated from Queen Mary, University of London in 2011 with a Masters in Medical Engineering (MEng). For her Masters project, Sandra worked in collaboration with ApaTech Ltd and developed a multi-scale numerical model of porous silicon-substituted hydroxyapatite that closely mimicked the mechanical behaviour of trabecular bone. Subsequently, Sandra worked as a Research Assistant in the Mechatronics in Medicine group at Imperial College London, where she focused on material and tip angle optimisation of a novel soft tissue probe. In October 2012, Sandra joined the Centre for Doctoral Training in Healthcare Innovation at the University of Oxford and is a member of Pembroke College. Having joined the BUBBL group in 2013, her DPhil, co-supervised by Prof. Robin Cleveland and Prof. Robert Carlisle, focuses on shock wave induced mRNA and siRNA delivery into cancer cells and explores predictors for improved shock wave assisted gene therapy.


Journal Publications

Nwokeoha, S., Carlisle, R., Cleveland, R. The Application of Clinical Lithotripter Shock Waves on RNA Nucleotide Delivery to Cells. Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (2016) - in press.


Conference Presentations

S. Nwokeoha, R. Carlisle and R. Cleveland, “RNA-based gene delivery using clinical lithotripter shock waves”, 16th International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound (ISTU), March 2016.

S. Nwokeoha, R. Carlisle and R. Cleveland, “Optimisation of shock waves toward enhanced mRNA delivery to cells”, European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT), October 2014.


Sandra Nwokeoha 

DPhil Candidate in Healthcare Innovation

Institute of Biomedical Engineering

University of Oxford


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