Business Development Associate
Fahmida Khan is a PhD candidate at the BP Institute University of Cambridge working on tribology-based coatings for offshore energy structures such as wind turbines and oil rigs. Her research uses a combination of Material & Marine Chemistry, Surface Science and Particle Physics in order to improve commercial procedures for Shell Technology. Prior to this, Fahmida worked on imaging for DNA sequencing with Machine Learning interface from Imperial College London whilst obtaining her MSci Chemical Physics degree at UCL - using surface analysis on frameworks for photoelectronics.
As well as progressing with her PhD at Cambridge, Fahmida simultaneously committed to joining the COVID-19 task force specialising in FRET florescence methods for national qPCR and ePCR analytics. She works for the NIHR and the DHSC on diagnostics, performing extensive analysis on genome-sequencing, ongoing mutations/variants to navigate the virus as the Scientific Lead and Policy Advisor respectively.
Fahmida is keen to bring scientific innovation to real world and has initiated this via her time as an Energy Transition Associate in research technology as well as working on solar innovations, agricultural and sustainable solutions to combat oil spillages with pandemic waste via Cambridge Consulting Network, Institute of Manufacturing iTeams, Cambridge Judge Business School EnterpriseTech and the Oxford Säid Business School Venture Finance programme respectively. Fahmida has now joined the Innovation Forum to explore healthcare and biotechnology from an entrepreneurial perspective as a result of the pandemic.