Zeineb Ayed is a PhD student in the Goreham group. Originally from Tunisia where she finished her Bachelor’s degree in biology at the national institute of applied sciences and technologies (INSAT-Tunis). In 2014, Zeineb moved to Moscow to study Master of Biotechnology at D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia. After obtaining her Master’s degrees in Biotechnology, she moved to New Zealand to join the research group in November 2017. Her previous research experiences include microbiology, biochemistry, genetics and biotechnology.
Currently Zeineb works with Outer membrane vesicles derived from bacteria, which are nano-sized vesicles that have a lot of applications including drug delivery vehicles and vaccines...
Since antibiotics resistance is growing into becoming one of the biggest threats to global health, Zeineb decided to focus her work on developing a better method to detect this resistance which will help in directing the treatments in the future. Her project involve developing a Förster resonance energy transfer based aptasensor incorporating custom-made gold nanoparticles and quantum dots to detect some of the enzymes responsible for giving the bacteria its resistance to the most powerful antibiotics.
In her spare time, Zeineb enjoys travelling and discovering New Zealand, reading books, running and playing video games.