Ibon Santiago González

Past Boards of Directors

Scientific background: Ibon Santiago obtained his Physics degree at the University of the Basque Country (Bilbao) in 2008. He was a visiting student at the University of Texas at Austin in 2006-2007 and worked at the accelerator physics department at CERN with Frank Zimmerman. After a research stay at the University of Würzburg, he was awarded the Presidential Fellowship at MIT (Massachussetts Institute of Technology) where he completed a master in quantum mixtures of ultra cold atoms, exploring new states of matter in the group of Martin Zwierlein and Wolfgang Ketterle at the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE). Ibon was the first graduate of the Biophysics Program at MIT, after completing this specialisation at Harvard Medical School and MIT. Ibon is now pursuing a PhD in Biophysics in the group of Andrew Turberfield, where he uses DNA as a building block to create responsive self-assembled nano devices with the tools of DNA nanotechnology. Using DNA Origami he is building nanostructures capable of mimicking molecular motors, molecules responsible for motility in all living systems.

Opinion about SRUK: I got acquainted with SRUK at the first Christmas gathering that was organised in London. In little time I have witnessed how the Society has grown, not only in number of members, but also in enthusiasm and ambition to support and offer an excellent service to the scientist in the diaspora. Clear examples are the multiple events and symposia that have been able to bring together scientists and institutions from Spain and the UK, that are interested in the development of science and its diffusion. In my opinion, SRUK is an invaluable hub for researchers, that stimulates scientific collaborations and helps give visibility to the high quality science that do countless researchers. In addition, the social aspect of SRUK can only but help establish these synergies. In Oxford, we are excited to be able to contribute to make the apple, symbol of SRUK, even a bit bigger.