UCD
Biofilm Engineering Laboratory

Ashley Allen

Position

PhD student

Contact

ashley.allen@ucdconnect.ie

Phone

​ ​​ ​+​ 353 (0)17161974

Address

School of Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering
College of Engineering and Architecture
University College Dublin Belfield,
Dublin 4, Ireland

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Biography

Ashley was awarded degree in Applied Physics from DCU (2009) and MSc in Nano Bio Science, UCD (2011). She spent over 2 years in Honeywell Turbo Technologies with experience in product development involving defect analysis of various materials within an industrial process, materials surface characterisation. She spent over a year in the Centre for Research in Engineering Surface Technology (CREST), DIT, providing a professional consulting service with a wide range of analytical tests for technical investigation and troubleshooting. Ashley is currently a PhD student in the Biofilm Engineering Laboratory in UCD.

Collaboration

Professional

Publications

Research

Ashley is currently investigating mechanical properties of surfaces and biofilm, focusing on biofilm formation on nanofiltration (NF) and reverse osmosis (RO) membranes. After researching the effects of surface heterogeneities on NF and RO membranes, Ashley is currently investigating the mechanical properties of single cell adhesion onto surface (single cell force spectroscopy) using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). In addition to this, Ashley is researching biofilm mechanical properties using AFM.