MCAA – Meet the board


Dr Brian Cahill

Dr Brian Cahill is Chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association. He studied Mechanical Engineering in Ireland and moved to Germany in 1998 to take up a position with Hewlett Packard. He received his PhD for work in electrokinetically-driven fluid flow  from the ETH Zurich in 2004 and subsequently carried out postdoctoral research in colloid and interface science at the University of Geneva. He was a Marie Curie fellow at the Institute for Bioprocessing and Analytical Measurement Techniques in Heilbad Heiligenstadt and is currently leader of the Junior Research Group at the same institute. His research interests focus on measurement techniques for droplet-based microfluidics.

Vice Chairs

Mr Amit Zodge

Amit Zodge is a ITN researcher at Budapest University of technology and economics, Hungary. His current research is use of supercritical carbon dioxide for chiral separation. Amit also worked as a research fellow at premier research institute " National Chemical Laboratory " Pune, India from 2010 to 2013. He is also the chairman of POTOBA Food Processing Ltd. Pune, India.  Amit was born and brought up in Pune district, west part of India. Being interested in chemical sciences, he chose organic chemistry as major for his master study at “MES, Abasaheb Garware College, University of Pune India.
In 2013, Amit came to Europe and joined Marie Curie ITN early stage researcher position at BME Budapest in Chemical engineering. Amit is the recipient of “Budding Scientist award-2007” by Marathi Vidnyan Parishad Mumbai, India for his significant research contribution in Biofuel research. Amit was extensively worked with Marathi Vidnyan Parishad Pune chapter for the popularisation of science in vernacular languages in Pune District from period 2005-2013.
Amit is elected as a vice chair to MCAA board on 5th March 2016 at General assembly in Venice, Italy.

Dr Marco Masia

Dr. Marco Masia is board member of the German Chapter and has been chair of the Policy for Successful Researchers Working Group since Ferbuary 2015. In addition, from February 2016 he represents MCAA in the Marie Slodovska Curie Actions Advisory Group. He received his PhD in Physics in 2005 at the Technic University of Catalunya (Spain). After his postdoctoral experience at the Ruhr University Bochum (Germany), he has been employed as Assistant Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at the University of Sassari (Italy). His primary expertise resides in computer modelling of complex chemical systems. In December 2011 he was awarded the UNESCO prize Chemistry in South East Europe for the UN International Year of Chemistry. He has been Marie Curie International Ougoing Fellow at Frankfurt and Boston Universities from 2012 to 2015. Currently he is collaborating with the Science Policy unit at EMBO as visiting researcher. Recently, to broaden his background and seek opportunities in management, he has enrolled in the Executive MBA at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. He also volunteers with Chemists without Borders, a north American not-for-profit organization.


Dr Maria-Antonietta Buccheri

Maria-Antonietta is a researcher working at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Italy. She is a biologist involved in the European project “Winning Applications of naTEchnology for Resolutive hydropurification” (WATER), where she deals with the biological facets of the project in a multidisciplinary environment.

She graduated at the University of Catania in 2001 with a thesis on molecular genetics. She enrolled in the PhD program at the University of Catania (Italy) in 2003, which she completed in 2007. In 2004, Maria-Antonietta Buccheri was awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship (FP6-EST) which she spent at the CNRS in Villejuif (Paris, France).

Since 2005, she has been actively involved in the Marie Curie Fellows Association (MCFA). In the last two years, she served the MCFA as Chair. Over the years, she was responsible for different tasks such as National Group activities, promotion of the MCFA presence in EU Conferences, organisation of workshops on soft skills and Science Policy


Dr Kiran Kumar Chereddy


Kiran Chereddy is a Sandoz Talent Excellence Program trainee, currently working as a project manager at Strategic Planning and Transformation team, Sandoz (a Novartis company) International GmbH. 

He was born in Guntur, a small town in Southern India. Being interested in health sciences, he chose Pharmacy as major and studied 'Licentiate in Pharmacy' at Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU). In 2010, Kiran came to Europe and joined Erasmus Mundus Advanced Spectroscopy in Chemistry master. As part of master course, he studied one year each at the University of Lille-1 (France) and University of Leipzig (Germany). Later, Kiran joined as a Marie Curie ESR in NANODRUG network and did PhD research at Louvain Drug Research Institute, Universite catholique de Louvain in Belgium (2012-15). Parallelly, Kiran also completed Master of Business Administration with majors in Finance and project management. 

Kiran enjoys the European culture, cities and food. During his free time, he likes to go out with friends, travel, acting and cook. Kiran also writes poems and news articles.