SCI Scholar Sen Lin
Sen Lin was born in 1982. He studied at Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, obtaining a First Class Honours BEng in Material Science and Engineering. His average mark was 86%, one of the ten top students in the 213-strong department. The main modules he took were: Advanced Mathematics, English, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Advanced Physics, Physical Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Computer Science and Skills.
He then attended the Department of Materials, Queen Mary, University of London, obtaining a First Class Honours BEng in Biomedical Materials and was awarded the best student prize funded by Smith & Nephew Ltd. He obtained an overall average mark of 81%, putting him first in the department in both the second and the final year, and earning him a scholarship funded by the Materials Department of Queen Mary, which covered half the tuition fee. He was the leader of the second year group.
His main modules were Biomechanics and biomaterials, Medical Physiology, Medical Engineering, Manufacture Processing, Material Selection, Advanced Ceramics, Failure of Solids, Polymer Science and Group Project. His final project was to design an injectable tissue engineering scaffold that would undergo sol-gel transition after injected into the body to delivery cells for tissue regeneration.
He then went on to do an IRC in Biomaterials at Queen Mary, University of London, and an MRes in Biomaterials on Drug Delivery with microcapsules. A scholarship funded by the Materials Department covered the tuition fee. He obtained a distinction, and was awarded the best MSc student prize funded by FiberLogix. His overall average mark was 80%, ranked the first out of all the masters students.
His main modules were: Biosensors, Advanced topics in Biomaterials, Materials research techniques, Advanced topics in nano-technology. His final project was to design and research an implanted sustained release system of aspirin. Aspirin particles are covered with multilayer of polyelectrolytes to control the release profile to prevent a heart attack. A novel method to fabricate micro particles was invented during the project.
After Queen Mary, he moved to the Department of Materials, Imperial College London, to study for a PhD in Biomaterials. The project is about Protein adsorption onto tissue engineering scaffolds made of nano-porous bioactive glass. The project was sponsored by NovaThera Ltd. He was awarded a Messel Scholarship from SCI in June 2007.
Apart from his studies Sen Lin has worked as an experiment demonstrator and graduate teaching assistant at Imperial.
In 2005 he took a summer placement in the Laboratory Biophysics and Surface Analysis LBSA at the University of Nottingham, where he worked as a research assistant on a Tissue Engineering project funded by the Armourers & Brasiers Company and the University's Pharmacy School. The project was to research the effect of plasma film on bioactivity of tissue engineering scaffold via the proteins adsorption on the surface with Quartz Crystal Microbalance analysis.
In 2003 he designed an artificial tooth crown system and researched its mechanical properties with Finite Element Analysis using the software of I-DEAS and ABAQUS as a member of a biomechanics research group at Queen Mary.
In his spare time, Sen Lin enjoys basketball.