School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Staff

Stavros Yika Electronic Engineer / MSc. in Materials and Sensor Engineering

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PhD Research Student

Stavros Yika is a PhD Research student in the Healthcare Engineering area.  

He will be applying novel optical and electromechanical transduction techniques and microfluidics and microfabrication to develop an integrated portable detection platform for bacteria that will require minimal user intervention and sample processing. The aim is to push the boundaries of sensitivity, specificity, reproducibility and ease of use in affordable point-of-care diagnostics.

This will enable early and appropriate intervention, reducing Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) and improving patient outcome. The feasibility studies he performs also form part of the £0.545m EPSRC funded AMR Network at Loughborough University. This network, aligned with the UK AMR strategy, gives him an opportunity to interact with leading academics, clinicians and industry experts in AMR.

Stavros’ key research areas are:

  • Electromechanics
  • Microfluidics systems
  • Lab-on-a-chip
  • Diagnostic devices
  • Clinical needs and partnerships

 

Education

2015 Oct – Present

Mini-Centre for Doctoral Training in Fighting Infectious Disease, Loughborough University, UK

PhD in ‘Rapid point-of-care diagnostic platform for drug-resistant bacterial infection’

Project

Apply novel optical and electromechanical transduction with aptamer-based bio-recognition

Aim: Early diagnosis for targeted appropriate treatment reducing antimicrobial resistance

2011 Aug – 2014 Jun

Bologna University, Bologna, Italy and Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Double Master degree in Materials and Sensors Engineering

Project

Novel anti-fouling processes for antibacterial surfaces against drug-resistant bacteria

2009 Aug – 2009 Dec

Electronic Engineering, Lima, Peru

Professional title conferred by Lima Engineering Fellowship to work as an engineer in Peru

2000 Aug – 2007 Dec

Pontifical Catholic University Of Peru, Lima, Peru

Bachelors in Electronics Engineering (a five year undergraduate degree program)

Subjects

Electronics, Electrical and Communications Systems, Programming, CAD, Control Systems

 

Experience

2015 Jun – 2015 Sep

GE Healthcare, Uppsala, Sweden

Electronic Engineer Intern

Responsibility

Automatizing the control of a drill laser prototype within Biacore using LABVIEW

2010 Jun – 2011 Jul

El Tumi Peru SRL, Lima, Peru

Biomedical Engineer

Responsibility

Installation, repair and support of medical equipment at health centres

2009 Jan – 2010 Jun

Onsite resident Engineer, Lima, Peru

Biomedical Engineer

Responsibility

Monitoring and maintaining the national networking system with Claro Peru SAC provider for International Peru Bank: “Interbank” as a customer

       

 

SKILLS 

Electronics

ADC communication, ATmega microcontroller, TTLs logic circuits, VHDL, digital/analogical circuits, wireless sensors, lithography, CCNA, GNU/Linux. Projects: Blind robot (link), golfibot robot (link)

Programming

PASCAL, ASSEMBLER, C++, CNC, MATLAB, SIMULINK, LaTeX, LABVIEW, COMSOL

Lab-on-a-chip

Microfluidic, Microfabrication, Biomedical: fluorescent bacteria counting, Biomechanics

Social

Communication within multi-disciplinary/multinational teams, Self-driven and proactive problem solver

 

Awards

Scholarship

  • The Loughborough Doctoral College Studentship (£60000) for PhD in novel diagnostics for resistant infections
  • The International Master Program Scholarships (2012 and 2013) for outstanding results in Master degree.
  • Peruvian-Italian Citizens Contest Scholarship (2012) by Italian embassy in Peru

Seminars

  • KTH-SJTU Summer school in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research (Nov2014)
  • Labview Hands-On Roadshow (Sept2014)
  • AMR DxC Atumn School a pilot (Nov 2015) – Winner team
  • FIS 2015: Action on Infection Conference, Glasgow (Nov 2015)

2015 Jan – 2015 Dec

Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Lima, Peru

Professor’s assistant

Responsibility

Exams student adviser and tests correcting in the mathematical electronic applied course.

Material and sensors Masters thesis:

Yika Tuesta, A. S. (2014). Dielectrophoresis (DEP) and electrowetting (EWOD) as Anti-fouling processes for antibacterial surfaces

 Thesis link KTH University, Thesis link Bologna University.

Electronic engineering thesis:

Yika Tuesta, A. S. (2009). Stimulator Design for generate suction on premature newborns

Thesis link Pontifical Catholic University of Peru