Prof Paula Mendes

Professor of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology in the School of Chemical Engineering, Paula Mendes has been shortlisted for the Academic Award at the Midlands Women in Tech Awards 2019.

Professor Mendes has been making significant and varied contributions to the development of advanced technologies to address current biotechnological and healthcare challenges. This includes innovative in-situ sensor technology to accelerate the safe, clinical efficacious and cost-effective translation of cell therapies into clinical practice. She is also pioneering technology that aims at detecting cancer at early stage and in a more accurate manner. With the support of Prostate Cancer UK, and she is developing a diagnostic assay to accurately determine how aggressive a prostate cancer is.

Speaking of the achievement Professor Mendes said, “I am extremely honoured to have made the shortlist for the Women in Technology Academic Award. I am very passionate about our research activities and the impact it can have for patient care, and it is wonderful that my efforts I have now been recognised in this way.”

The next stages in the award process will consist of an interview with panel of seven independent judges who will consider the interview, application and votes submitted for each shortlisted candidate. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 3 October.

We wish Professor Mendes every success for this award. To vote for Professor Mendes please visit

The Midlands Women in Tech Awards are a unique opportunity to highlight and recognise the ongoing contribution of women in the tech sector. The aim of the awards is to raise the visibility of women in this space and enable the next generation to “see it and therefore aspire to it”.