Dr Theoni Georgiou, obtained a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Cyprus in 2001, followed by a PhD in 2006 in Polymer Chemistry entitled “Star polymers for gene delivery and star-based polymeric networks” under the supervision of Professor Costas Patrickios. She then worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Antonios G. Mikos at the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University in the USA. She worked on “Polymeric materials for tissue engineering” and on “Degradable polymers for gene delivery”. In October 2007, after she was awarded an RCUK Academic Fellowship, she moved to UK to join the Department of Chemistry at the University of Hull. In January 2014 she joined the Department of Materials at Imperial College. Theoni’s research interests involve the synthesis and characterisation of well-defined polymers using “living” and/or “controlled” polymerisation techniques. Specifically, the engineering of well-defined, functional polymeric materials mostly for bioapplications like drug delivery, gene delivery, tissue engineering, medical imaging and photodynamic therapy. Furthermore, she is interested in the phase separation of polymer solutions and in fabricating polymeric macrosurfactants for stabilising dispersions.