Centre for Bioengineering


BioMedEng Innovation Prize awarded to Prof. Karin Hing

BioMedEng23 Conference Highlights the Pioneering Work of Queen Mary Bioengineering

21 September 2023

At the recently concluded BioMedEng23 conference, Queen Mary Bioengineering showcased its prowess and contributions to UK Biomedical Engineering. The two-day event, organised by The Association of Biomedical Engineers, Medical Engineers, and Bioengineers (BioMedEng Association), highlighted remarkable advances in and around the UK biomedical sector. Prof Karin Hing Awarded the Prestigious … [more]

Dr Hopkins presenting at BioMedEng23

Knight group present organ-chip research at the BioMedEng conference

15 September 2023

The research group enjoyed the excellent BioMedEng conference in Swansea and contributed lots of great talks on our organ-chip work here at Queen Mary and the Centre for Predictive in vitro Models. Dr Tim Hopkins presented his research on the development of both a vascularised synovium organ-chip and a growth-plate … [more]

Lujain Musafir, Saskia Hale, Aylish Moore and Semhar Misghina (from left to right)

QMUL Celebrates Student Achievements at IMechE Healthcare Technologies Student and Early Career Awards

14 September 2023

This week six of the Biomedical Engineering students from the School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London were selected to present at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) Healthcare Technologies Student and Early Career Awards event, held at One Birdcage Walk, London. The university’… [more]

Announcement of new Honorary Members of the European Society for Biomaterials

Professor Liz Tanner made an Honorary Member of the European Society for Biomaterials

7 September 2023

Professor Liz Tanner has been elected an Honorary Member of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) at their conference in Davos Switzerland. According to the Statutes of the ESB "Honorary membership can be awarded to any person who has given the Society particularly meritorious services or who has … [more]

Professor Sir Colin Humphreys

Sir Colin Humphreys appears on BBC Radio 4's "The Life Scientific"

29 August 2023

On Tuesday 29th August Professor Sir Colin Humphreys was Professor Jim Al-Khalili's guest on the BBC Radio 4 programme "The Life Scientific". Colin discussed his work as a materials scientist and engineer, his use of electron microscopy and of course about his work on graphene, the world's … [more]

KRUK news highlight

SEMS researchers win first Kidney Research UK MedTech Competition

9 August 2023

Kidney Research UK (KRUK) launched its first MedTech competition recently, specifically designed to support the use of technology to improve patients’ lives. This new approach to investing in innovative research is designed to help researchers learn the necessary steps to get their products from concept to patients. A shortlist … [more]

Gamal and Rebecca after the ceremony

PhD Congratulations!

27 July 2023

Congratulations to Rebecca Norton and Gamalendira Shivapathem who both graduated in our SEMS ceremonies this week, after completing their PhDs earlier in the year. Gamalendira completed a PhD entitled "Investigating Human Achilles Tendon Biomechanics Using Novel Ultrasound Imaging" with Professor Hazel Screen and Professor Dylan Morrissey and is … [more]

Digital Health Workshop

Queen Mary's Innovative Digital Health Collaboration Workshop: A Landmark Confluence of Minds in Healthcare AI

18 July 2023

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), University College London and Imperial College London. hosted a successful Multi-scale & Multi-modality Digital Health Collaboration Workshop on Tuesday, 18th July. Supported by the local organising team of QMUL's Digital Environment Research Institute (DERI) and Centre for Bioengineering, this event brought together an … [more]

Dr Tim Hopkins presenting his research developing musculoskeletal organ-chip models

Organ-chip research presented at Centre for Predictive in vitro Models Workshop

18 July 2023

Dr Tim Hopkins gave an excellent presentation of some of the work in the Knight group, developing organ-chip models of bone, cartilage and synovium. The presentation was part of a workshop held by the Centre for Predictive in vitro Models to showcase the variety of organ-chip and other in vitro … [more]

First soft robot for colo-rectal surgery in human cadaver. [credit: STIFF-FLOP]

Soft Robotics Revolutionise Minimally Invasive Surgery

13 July 2023

Professor Kaspar Althoefer from Queen Mary's School of Engineering and Materials Science has made groundbreaking advancements in the field of soft robotics for minimally invasive surgery An overview paper, published in the Science journal today, explores Artificial intelligence (AI) applications in medical robots, including Professor Althoefer’s scientific … [more]

Stock image of seaweed

"Electronic skin" from bio-friendly materials can track human vital signs with ultrahigh precision

28 June 2023

Queen Mary University and University of Sussex researchers have used materials inspired by molecular gastronomy to create smart wearables that surpassed similar devices in terms of strain sensitivity They integrated graphene into seaweed to create nanocomposite microcapsules for highly tunable and sustainable epidermal electronics. When assembled into networks, the tiny … [more]

Celebrating International Women In Engineering Day

Celebrating the Inspiring Women Engineers at QMUL

23 June 2023

On International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June 2023, we celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of Women In Engineering worldwide, who tirelessly contribute to improving and saving lives. This year, we turn our attention to the exceptional female engineers at the School of Engineering and Materials Science. These women embody the qualities … [more]

Movie projected onto the roof of the Centre of the Cell pod and featuring organ-chip bioengineers

Organ-chip bioengineers featured in new science education centre

13 June 2023

Great to see the launch of the new Centre Of The Cell pod featuring some of our organ-on-a-chip bioengineering researchers. The Centre of the Cell is an award winning, inspiring children's science education centre at Queen Mary. Our organ-on-a-chip research is also being featured in some of the live … [more]

Bioengineers at Queen Mary's Festival of Communities

SEMS Bioengineering at Queen Mary's Festival of Communities

12 June 2023

Cutting-Edge Science and Engineering Research Showcase RoboCare: Innovations in Healthcare and Assisted Living Dr. Thilina Dulantha Lalitharatne’s team showcased RoboCare, illustrating the potential of robotic technologies in healthcare and assisted living. Visitors interacted with assistive robots, Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs) and discovered how they can enhance the quality of … [more]

2023 Intercalated Biomedical Engineering Graduates

Intercalated Symposium - Celebrating 8 Years

30 May 2023

Opportunities in STEMM Medical students presented research alongside leading scientists and engineers from the Centre of Bioengineering. Presentations covered multiple disciplines in machine learning, cardiovascular disease, orthopaedics, gastroenterology, cancer, medical robotics, fetal medicine and environmental health. In particular, understanding how exposure to harmful pollutants in air, water or soil affects … [more]

Dr Karin Hing being congratulated by Prof Colin Bailey at the awards ceremony

Karin Hing and Jonathon Hills are Both Recognised at the Inaugural Queen Mary Research and Innovation Awards

25 May 2023

Congratulations to Dr Karin Hing who has been awarded the Research Impact (enterprise and commercial innovation) Prize at the Inaugural Queen Mary Research and Innovation Award Ceremony held on the 25th May at the Law Society. Her award was in recognition for her pioneering work on synthetic bone graft substitutes. … [more]


Success in Faculty of Science and Engineering's BAME Undergraduate Research Internships

24 May 2023

The School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) has been successful in securing a BAME undergraduate research studentship for a summer internship research project to be undertaken by first year BEng Mechanical Engineering student Mr Ismail Moalin, under the joint supervision of Dr Rehan Shah and Prof Henri Huijberts from … [more]

IFM cells

New research identifies which cells in horses' tendons are affected by ageing, leading to injury

23 May 2023

A group of researchers including Queen Mary Professor Hazel Screen have been exploring what causes tendon damage in horses and have discovered that a particular region of the tendon called the interfascicular matrix (IFM) seems to be the source of ageing changes. As horse and human tendons are similar, these … [more]

Celebrating a twelve year journey

Bioengineering - a secret success story

22 May 2023

Bioengineers save babies' lives When soft tissues like fetal membranes weaken too early, the waters break and the baby is born prematurely. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London and University College London are investigating the causes of preterm premature rupture of the fetal membranes. A twelve-year journey in multi-disciplinary … [more]

Dr Ravinash Krishna Kumar

Dr Ravinash Krishna Kumar Awarded £1.8m ESPRC Fellowship

10 May 2023

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is delighted to announce that Dr Ravinash Krishna Kumar, a Lecturer in Medical Technology from the School of Engineering and Materials Science, has been awarded a prestigious £1.8 million, 5-year EPSRC Open Plus Fellowship. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) fellowships support … [more]

Andrew Pemberton (Present Elect, INCOSE UK) and Graham Herries (Chair of Innovation and Skills, IET) delivering keynotes.

SEMS runs first Industrial Workshop on Systems Engineering: toward sustainable digital systems

24 April 2023

SEMS' Systems Engineering team - led by Dr Mohammad Hassannezhad - ran an industrial workshop with focus on digital transformation, sustainability and skill gaps, on 24 April at QM's Digital Environment Research Institute (DERI). The workshop brought together a group of 17 industry practitioners from 14 different companies in eight … [more]

Marta celebrating her successful PhD viva

Congratulations to Marta Beja Ferreira who passed her PhD viva on using artificial intelligence to provide diagnostic markers for breast cancer

20 March 2023

Breast cancer is the most common cancer type that affects women and although several therapy improvements have been made in the last decades, it is still estimated that nearly 11,400 women die each year of this type of cancer in the United Kingdom alone. At early stages of the disease the … [more]

Huan Meng with PhD supervisor Prof Martin Knight at a research conference in Switzerland.

Congratulations to Huan Meng who passed his PhD on mechanical regulation of cartilage inflammation

13 March 2023

Huan's thesis examined the effect of the mechanical environment on inflammation that occurs in articular cartilage associated with joint disease such as osteoarthritis. In particular, the research examined the role of a complex signalling mechanism (termed YAP-signalling) that occurs within the cartilage cells and the involvement of specialised … [more]

The heart’s twin – how pioneering digital twin research is personalising the treatment of Atrial Fibrillation

Queen Mary Featured Research covers Dr Caroline Roney’s research in Cardiac Digital Twins

12 March 2023

Queen Mary Featured Research has covered Dr Caroline Roney's research in Cardiac Digital Twins, a pioneering approach to the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AFib). AFib is the most common form of heart arrhythmia, affecting around 1.4 million people in the UK, and if not successfully treated, can lead to stroke … [more]

Global MPS Day

QM Bioengineers present at the Global MicroPhysiological Systems Day

8 March 2023

To celebrate all the amazing work being done with Organ-Chips and other microphysiological systems (MPS) in drug discovery and development, the Global MPS Day virtual symposium on March 9th 2023 is packed with presentations from the industry’s top experts and thought leaders. These internationally leading experts including Profs Robert … [more]

Photonics 100 2023

Dr Lei Su is named in 2023 Photonics 100

31 January 2023

Dr Lei Su is selected among the 100 honorees in ElectroOptics "Photonics 100, 2023", " the industry's most innovative people". https://www.electrooptics.com/thephotonics100


Congratulations to Nabila, Ruixin and Luoguang on passing their PhD vivas

24 January 2023

Congratulations to Nabila Naz, Ruixin Lu and Luoguang Zhao who passed their PhD vivas on the 9th, 23rd and 24th January 2023, respectively, with minor corrections. All three students are from the Biofluid Mechanics Lab led by Professors Yi Sui and Wen Wang. They have been working on topics including mechanical … [more]

A group of PhD student and staff celebrating in the Octagon after the graduation ceremony

SEMS' Winter Graduation

6 January 2023

The winter graduation ceremony returned to the Great Hall on the Mile End campus once again 2023. The venue was filled with a cast of hundreds of SEMS graduates and their families and friends. The largest cohort was made up our MSc students from last year, but there was a good … [more]

Graduating PhD students from the School of Engineering and Materials Science

Megan McFie graduates with her PhD

6 January 2023

It was great to celebrate with Meg and others who graduated with PhDs from the School of Engineering and Materials Science. Meg's PhD involved conducting a confocal microscopy screen of 1700 drugs to identify compounds that regulate the length of the specialist cellular organelles known as primary cilia. The information is … [more]

Andy Lewis being Presented with the Gold Medal

Andy Lewis presented the Gold Medal by the IOM3

3 January 2023

Prof Andy Lewis was presented with the Gold Medal at an Awards Ceremony at the IOM3 on the 8th December 2022. The Gold Medal is awarded for significant contribution to the industrial application of materials. The award was given in recognition of Andy’s work developing novel drug-device combination products … [more]

Pressing an organoid consisting of beating cardiomyocytes onto the sensor device improves communication between sensor and cells and enables highly sensitive monitoring of the electrical signals from individual living cells.

Controlling the contact force between organoid and light-addressable potentiometric sensor enables highly sensitive monitoring of cardiomyocyte action potentials

21 December 2022

Monitoring of action potentials of beating cardiac cells called cardiomyocytes can give insights into physiological and disease mechanisms and aid the development of novel therapeutics for the treatment of cardiac arrhythmia, i.e., irregular heartbeats. Patch clamp measurements are the gold standard in electrophysiological measurements, but are difficult to operate … [more]

Confocal microscopy image of cartilage cells treated with the YAP agonist LPA (right) showing reductions in the length of primary cilia (red) associated with prevention of inflammation and cartilage degradation. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joca.2022.11.001

New research shows how cartilage degradation can be prevented by pharmaceutical regulation of YAP/TAZ

26 November 2022

New research has shown how cartilage inflammation, as occurs in conditions such as osteoarthritis, can be prevented by activation of the YAP/TAZ cellular pathway. The work was led by Huan Meng, a PhD student in Prof Martin Knight's group and was published in the journal 'Osteoarthritis and Cartilage': '… [more]

PhD cohort teams at the Engineering Better Medicine 2022 'Designathon'

Engineering Better Medicine 2022 PhD cohort compete at QMUL's first 3D printing "designathon"

22 November 2022

To kickstart their journey at QMUL, the 2022 PhD cohort participated in our first 3D printing designathon. During this one-day event, the Engineering Better Medicine (EBM) cohort training programme, the virtual training program on QM plus, and various facilities and resources were introduced. However, there was more... the main purpose … [more]

Poster session at the Industrial Liaison Forum

Organ-chip researchers win award at Industrial Liaison Forum

21 November 2022

Congratulations to Dr Clare Thompson (Queen Mary+Emulate Centre Scientist), Dr Joanne Nolan (CRUK-EPSRC post doc) and Dr Tim Hopkins (Versus Arthritis Research Fellow), who together won the award for best research presentation at the Industrial Liaison Forum organised by the School of Engineering and Materials Science. All three are … [more]

Prof Dan Bader

Professor Dan Bader

18 November 2022

We are very saddened to report that Professor Dan Bader died peacefully on Saturday 5th November, 2022. Dan worked at Queen Mary University of London for over twenty years and was passionate about education, research and social mobility. Dan was a Physicist by training and started at Queen Mary as a … [more]


Pengfei successfully passed his viva with minor correction

16 November 2022

Many congratulations to Pengfei, who successfully defended his PhD thesis, titled "Deep Learning for Information Transmission through Multimode Optical Fibres". Pengfei was funded by a QMUL PhD studentship and was supervised by Dr Lei Su and Prof Kaspar Althoefer. During his PhD, Pengfei has demonstrated several novel deep-learning-based … [more]

Photoelectrochemical calcium ion sensor based on hematite nanorods

Hematite nanorods – a promising material for photoelectrochemical sensing and imaging

10 November 2022

Hydrothermally grown hematite nanorods have been shown to be an excellent substrate for photoelectrochemical imaging and sensing. The material displayed enhanced photocurrent compared to hematite films, good stability, excellent spatial resolution and good sensitivity to pH. Coupling the hematite nanorods with a thin calcium ion selective PVC membrane, we obtained … [more]

Prize winners

November Prize-giving for SEMS' Taught Students

9 November 2022

At the Industrial Liaison Forum on 9th November 2022, we celebrated the achievements of some of our best taught students. Over 20 prizes were awarded by the School. These were awarded across subject and year groups and included "Academic Achievement Prizes as well as "Best Project Prizes". One "… [more]

Research showcase

SEMS November Industrial Liaison Forum including PhD Research Showcase and and Student Awards

9 November 2022

We were pleased to once again hold the bi-annual Industrial Liaison Forum live in-person at Queen Mary University of London on 9th November 2022 in the Octagon. The event was well attended by staff and students as well as industrialists. The day was broken up into five parts, starting in the … [more]

Celebrating engineers across disciplines

National Engineering Week

2 November 2022

Celebrating This is Engineering This is Engineering returned today as National Engineering Week to celebrate the engineers and show how engineering improve lives. We marked the event by inviting undergraduate, Intercalated and MSc students to meet the engineers and celebrate all things STEMM. Engineers improve lives Around 100 students worked … [more]

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New group to advance digital twins in healthcare

19 October 2022

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London are part of a consortium of nineteen partners that will aid personalised healthcare by using virtual copies of objects. EDITH (Ecosystem for Digital Twins in Healthcare) Coordination and Support Action (CSA) – a group made up of numerous internationally renowned research institutions, professional … [more]

Celebrating medical research with scientists, clinicians and engineers

Rosetrees Trust celebrates 35 years at the Royal Society of Medicine

11 October 2022

Rosetrees Trust supports interdisciplinary research Rosetrees Trust is a unique medical charity working to advance interdisciplinary research in science, engineering and medicine. The charity has been funding exciting research projects to develop healthcare solutions that benefit patients and improve the lives of communities and society. After supporting 35 years of … [more]

Congratulations to Gamalendira Shivapatham - IPEM Early Career Essay Prize winner

28 September 2022

Many congratulations to our former PhD student Gamalendira Shivapatham, who has just won the 2022 IPEM/Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers Early Career Essay Prize . Gamal completed his PhD earlier this year and is now taking part in the NHS England Scientist Training Programme at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation … [more]

Single Crystal Perovskite Optical Fibre

First single-crystal organometallic perovskite optical fibres

24 September 2022

Due to their very high efficiency in transporting electric charges from light, perovskites are known as the next generation material for solar panels and LED displays. We now have invented a brand-new application of perovskites as optical fibres. The results are published in Science Advances. Optical fibres are tiny wires … [more]

Bio-fluids research illustrations

Special issue in Biological Fluid Dynamics in the journal Fluids is open for submission

11 September 2022

A new special issue in biological fluid dynamics has been announced in the journal Fluids, see https://www.mdpi.com/journal/fluids/special_issues/L22Y9LH960 For this Special Issue, we call for a wide range of papers, including those covering analytical, computational, and experimental studies of biofluids as … [more]

Engineering Better Medicine Meeting

30 August 2022

Discussion of Research, Education, Funding Opportunities and Partnerships. Every Tuesday @ 12pm on MS Teams Platform. For any enquiries, please contact: Prof. Zion Tse

Timothy Hopkins collecting the Cum Laude Poster Prize on behalf of all authors at the ICRS World Congress in Berlin

Dr Timothy Hopkins receives Versus Arthritis Foundation Fellowship

29 July 2022

Dr Timothy Hopkins has been awarded a £310,000 Foundation Fellowship by Versus Arthritis to develop a human ‘joint-on-a-chip’. The aim of the fellowship is to improve understanding of how interactions between knee joint tissues contribute to the development of osteoarthritis (OA), and to the efficacy of treatments. OA … [more]

Pamela presenting her work at the Annual Meeting of the British Cardiovascular Society in Manchester

Pamela Swiatlowska shortlisted for Marshall Award and wins travel award for work on vascular smooth muscle cell mechanosensing

20 July 2022

Pamela Swiatlowska won a travel award to give a talk on her work on vascular smooth muscle cell mechanosensing at the 8th meeting of the invadosome consortium, 4-7 October in Sete, France. She will be also presenting her work at the Annual Meeting of the British Society of&… [more]

Rachel presented a talk and poster entitled 'High-sensitivity LAPS imaging of cardiomyocyte action potentials' and Bo presented a talk and poster entitled 'Photoelectrochemical detection of Ca(II) ions using hematite nanorods'.

The Electrochemical Sensors group attends the International Workshop on Engineering Functional Interfaces (EnFI) 2022 in Maastricht

6 July 2022

Three members of our group attended the EnFI in Maastricht. The conference focuses on the field of surface engineering in its broadest sense. This rapidly growing, interdisciplinary field instigates collaborations between scientists from multiple disciplines as it contains elements from physics, engineering, biology, medicine, informatics and chemistry. Both, Rachel Jacques … [more]

BioMedEng Association website

Prof Martin Knight elected as the first Chair of the UK BioMedical Engineering Council

6 July 2022

Prof Martin Knight from the School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) has been elected as the first Chair of the UK BioMedEng Council.  The Association of Biomedical Engineers, Medical Engineers and Bioengineers (BioMedEng Association) represents a broad field of multidisciplinary research … [more]

Did you know a picture speaks a thousand words?

International Women in Engineering Day

23 June 2022

Celebrating women engineers and helping each other see our lives For years we have been celebrating the achievements of our engineers but today we wanted to do something different. We wanted to help others see who we are, help us reflect on our past and see … [more]

Dr David Barrett wins the Malcolm Ferguson-Smith Award

Two Young Investigator Awards in Prenatal Diagnosis

21 June 2022

Malcolm Ferguson-Smith Young Investigator Award Dr David Barrett presented our award winning paper "potential sealing and repair of human fetal membrane defects after trauma with peptide amphiphiles and Cx43 antisense" at the 26th International Conference on Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy in Montreal, Canada which took place between 19 and 23 … [more]

A celebratory lunch with his examiners - Professor Emma Hudson-Tole and Dr Aliah Shaheen

Congratulations to Gamalendira Shivapatham for passing his PhD viva!

17 June 2022

Gamal successfully completed his PhD, developing and testing new ultrasound-based imaging tools to explore tendon health and disease in the Achilles tendon. Gamal developed a specialised technique known as slip-elastography for exploring functional tendon dynamics. He subsequently tested his methods in a cohort of participants, highlighting the importance of … [more]

Atrial Digital Twins. [Caroline Roney]

Queen Mary Science and Engineering researchers awarded UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships to tackle heart irregular heart rhythms and explore turbulence in space plasma

15 June 2022

Dr Caroline Roney and Dr Christopher Chen are among 84 promising leaders awarded fellowships totalling £98 million.  The fellowships support the most promising science and research leaders to tackle major global issues and to commercialise their innovations in the UK. Professor Wen Wang, Queen Mary's … [more]

Who do you see in this picture?

Picture an Engineer

13 June 2022

When you see an engineer, what does the picture mean to you? International photographer Michael Cockerham and the Ideas Foundation created a digital storytelling workshop at Queen Mary's Festival of Communities to help engineers see each other's worlds. The creative & culture teams built a digital arts studio … [more]

The organ-chip team led by Dr Clare Thompson (left) and Prof Martin Knight (right)

Inspiring the next generation of organ-chip scientists and bioengineers at the QMUL Festival of Communities

11 June 2022

A fantastic day at Queen Mary's Festival of Communities talking about our organs-on-chips research. There was lots of interesting conversations and interactions with local people of all ages. Our excellent team of demonstrators showed people real organ-chip models and discussed their usage in the development of new medicines. Visitors, … [more]

Dr Han Zhang, Professor James Busfield and Dr Dimitrios Papageorgiou

IOM3 awards: Queen Mary scoops up four prizes for engineering and materials science

9 June 2022

The School of Engineering and Materials Science goes from strength to strength as researchers pick up four awards and medals from the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) The IOM3 presents a range of awards, medals and prizes in recognition of personal achievement, for published work and for contributions … [more]

Speaker presentations in medical healthcare

Congratulations to the 2022 Intercalated Graduates

1 June 2022

Celebrating seven years of the Intercalated Research Symposium The Intercalated Symposium is an exciting scientific forum for medical students to present collaborative multi-disciplinary research in science, engineering and medicine. Around 60 participants joined the 2 sessions with presentations in machine learning, computational medicine, medical robotics, healthcare, nanotechnology, biomaterials and regenerative … [more]

SEMS Researchers Showcasing their work at a recent Industrial Liaison Forum

SEMS Academics Perform Exceptionally in REF 2021

12 May 2022

The scores have been announced for REF2021. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a 7 year cycle used to measure research and determine funding in UK universities. The result for SEMS is excellent as not only have we come seventh overall in Engineering amongst all 89 universities who were being assessed in … [more]

An Organ-on-a-Chip (Emulate, Inc)

Researchers at QMUL discuss the future of organ-on-a-chip models in new 'What is Biotechnology' article

6 May 2022

Prof Knight was interviewed, along with Prof Donald Ingber from the Weiss Institute and other leading figures working in the organ-on-a-chip technology, for a major new review article pubishished in 'What is biotechnology'. As the review explains, organs-on-a-chip are small devices designed to replicate key aspects of the physiological … [more]

VSMC Mechanosensing

New paper on vascular smooth muscle cell pressure and stiffness sensing is published in Science Advances journal

15 April 2022

Our paper on vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) pressure and stiffness sensing is out in Science Advances. Congratulations to everyone involved and especially Pamela Swiatlowska and Brian Sit who are shared first authors. Our new findings show how the progression of atherosclerosis is affected by … [more]

BEng poster prize winner, Ghala Alsaigh

BEng Research Project poster prize winners at ILF April 2022

6 April 2022

Selected 3rd year BEng students presented posters on their research projects at the Industrial Liaison on 6th April 2022. We had over 50 external visitors at the event from industry as well as Alumni. The posters were displayed at the Final Year Student Project Showcase in the morning, where a fantastic selection … [more]

MSc prize-winner, Ivan Tánczos

MSc Extended Research Project poster prize winners at ILF April 2022

6 April 2022

Our MSc students presented their Extended Research Projects at the Industrial Liaison Forum on 6th April 2022. Our MSc projects run from semester 1 through to August, so they are currently only about half-way through their projects. Nonetheless, they were able to give an excellent account of their work so far and … [more]

MEng project presentation prize winners

MEng Group Project Presentation prize awarded at ILF April 2022

6 April 2022

Our MEng students presented their Research & Design Team Projects at the Industrial Liaison Forum on 6th April 2022. Our MEng students conduct team projects in their 4th year in groups of about 5 students. Currently towards the end of their projects, they were able to present a mix of prototypes, samples … [more]

Dr Fenwick kicks off the Industrial Liaison Forum in The Octagon

SEMS Industrial Liaison Forum April 2022

6 April 2022

Our bi-annual Industrial Liaison Forum was held in-person at Queen Mary University of London on 6th April 2022. We received over 50 external visitors from industry as well as Alumni. The day started with our final year student project showcase, where a fantastic selection of posters were presented by our BEng and … [more]

Dr Eleni Costa with Tina Chowdhury (QMUL) and Prof Anna David (UCL & UCLH)

Dr Eleni Costa defends Doctoral thesis with two clinical experts

29 March 2022

Enormous congratulations to Eleni Costa who defended her Doctoral PhD thesis entitled "repair mechanisms in fetal membrane defects after trauma, strain and fetal surgery". Eleni is working with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers and clinicans at SEMS (Tina Chowdhury), UCL/UCLH (Prof Anna David), KU Leuven (Prof … [more]

Connor's examiners were Dr Blandine Poulet (University of Liverpool) and Dr Simon Rawlinson (QMUL)

Connor Gains passes his PhD viva!

25 February 2022

Congratulations to Connor Gains for passing his viva on 25th February, with minor corrections. Connor was supervised by Prof Hazel Screen and Dr Thomas Iskratsch and funded through an EPSRC Industrial studentship working with TRB Chemedica, exploring different bio-lubricants for treating tendon injury. Connor is now working … [more]

The in person recipients line up for a photo at the annual award ceremony. More than half of the staff in the photo are from SEMS.

SEMS Staff Receive Many Awards at the Science and Engineering Faculty Awards Ceremony.

27 January 2022

The Science and Engineering Faculty Celebration took place in the Octagon to a large assembled in person gathering and was broadcast simultaneously online to an even larger audience on the 27th January 2022. SEMS had a very large number of the awards with Andrew Spowage winning the Faculty Award for Internationalisation … [more]

Some of SEMS' staff preparing to enter the graduation ceremony on Monday evening.

450 SEMS Alumni Graduate at Tobacco Dock

18 January 2022

It was with great relief that Queen Mary University of London was able to restart in person graduation ceremonies for the first time in more than two years at Tobacco Dock in Wapping. The first celebration for the School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) students was on … [more]

Predict conference

Prof Knight on expert panel on organ-chip models for cancer

17 November 2021

Prof Knight is excited to be speaking on an expert panel at the upcoming 10th PREDiCT: Tumour Models London Summit which is uniting preclinical and translational leaders to narrow the preclinical gap and progress efficacious candidates to the clinic. He will be presenting on 'Organ-on-a-chip Models of Bone Metastasis' and … [more]

Professor Bill Bonfield FRS FREng FMedSci, second Head of Materials showing some of the materials developed by Materials at Queen Mary, including HAPEX used in over 500,000 patients worldwide

Materials Celebrates 50 Years of Graduations

15 November 2021

50 years of Materials graduates from the Mile End Campus in London and the first cohort from Queen Mary Engineering School (QMES) at our campus at Northwestern Polytechnic University in Xi’an China were celebrated on Friday 5th November. 120 people gathered in the Octagon with another 45 people on-line to … [more]

Vector-RNA Interactome and Competitive Binding

New insights into the design of RNA delivery vectors

8 November 2021

What happens to gene delivery vectors when they enter the cell cytoplasm? This question had remained understudied, in particular in the case of polycationic vectors. Yet it may have a significant impact on the timing and localisation of the release of RNA or DNA molecules to be delivered. The team … [more]

Wound healing in fetal membrane tissue. Images show the protein collagen (left) and cells (right).

Researchers uncover new evidence that fetal membranes can repair themselves after injury

18 August 2021

The integrity of the fetal membranes that surround the baby in the womb during pregnancy is vital for normal development. But fetal membranes can become damaged as a result of infection, bleeding, or after fetal surgery and even diagnostic tests during pregnancy, such as amniocentesis, which require doctors to make … [more]

Wearable sensor

Queen Mary researchers win EPSRC Transformative Healthcare Technology 2.0 Call Development Phase Grant

20 July 2021

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London, clinicians from Royal London Hospital and the Royal Free Hospital together with the industrial partners are awarded the Development Phase Grant of EPSRC Transformative Healthcare Technology 2.0 Call, a high risk and high return initiative.  The Team, … [more]

RSPCA logo

Prof Knight on expert panel discussing the use of animals in science

5 July 2021

Prof Martin Knight was part of an expert panel at the 'lead the debate' event organised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). The event was the second in the series, which aims to convene small groups of thought leaders on prominent topics affecting … [more]

Ovarian cancer model published in iScience

Two new papers on multi-cellular in vitro models of ovarian cancer published in iScience

23 June 2021

We have recently published two new papers in the journal iScience, which describe the development of novel multi-cellular in vitro models of ovarian cancer and the use of these models to better understand this disease. The work stems from a major European Research Council grant, CANBUILD, which was led … [more]

Schematic of experimental set-up

New organ-on-a-chip study demonstrates how physical exercise regulates bone metastasis in breast and prostate cancer

17 June 2021

Bioengineers at Queen Mary publish a new study in the journal Cancers which demonstrates the significant impact of physiological mechanical loading on bone metastasis in breast and prostate cancer.  The paper describes a new organ-chip model of bone metastasis which incorporates cancer cells and bone cells in … [more]

IMechE Awards

QM student wins IMechE prize for the best Bioengineering undergraduate project

16 June 2021

Congratulations to Eisha Hashmi who was selected for the IMechE Vicon Award for the best Bioengineering undergraduate project.  Eisha presented her 3rd year individual research project at the Healthcare Technologies Student and Early Career Awards event held by Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and was awared the … [more]

Science & Engineering Summer Research Interns and supervisory team

Science & Engineering Summer Research Internships for BAME Undergraduate Students in SEMS

14 June 2021

As part of the Science & Engineering Faculty’s mission to transfer horizons for all students, the School Management Team are delighted to report that SEMS have won four S&E Summer Research Internships for BAME Undergraduate Students. Following a rigorous selection process examining the quality of the … [more]

Liz Tanner

Liz Tanner becomes Editor in Chief of Journal of Engineering in Medicine.

24 May 2021

From 1st July 2021, Prof Liz Tanner will take over as Editor in Chief of Journal of Engineering in Medicine, Part H of the Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.  Liz takes over from Professor Tony Unsworth FREng of Durham University has edited the journal for over 28 years … [more]

Federico Carpi

Prof Federico Carpi Rejoins SEMS as a Visiting Professor

18 May 2021

Federico Carpi is returning as a new Visiting Professors in SEMS. Federico was previously an academic in SEMS until 2016, when he took up a position at the Università degli Studi di Firenze (UniFi). Since then, he has continued his collaboration with colleagues in SEMS acting as a co-supervisor of 5 … [more]

Image of the novel capsule-based smell test

Researchers develop new smell test for Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and COVID-19

28 April 2021

A new smell test developed by Queen Mary University of London researchers has been found to be easy to use in patients with Parkinson’s disease, and could also be helpful in diagnosing COVID-19 in the broader population. Smell tests have the potential to support the diagnosis of certain … [more]

Super resolution microscopy images of polycystin2 labelled on primary cilia

New paper on cilia mechanosignalling and polycystin

21 April 2021

Congratulations to Dr Clare Thompson who has published a new paper on the role of polycystin in chondrocyte mechanotransduction. The study published in the International Journal of Molecular Science in a special issue on Mechanobiology of Organelles.  In the paper we subjected isolated chondrocytes to mechanical stimulation and … [more]

Steve Mould's excellent YouTube film on the physics behind the shape of the urine stream

YouTube video on Prof Knight's paper on the urine stream set to go viral

11 March 2021

Steve Mould, the famous science communicator and YouTuber, has just produced a new video on the physics behind the shape of the urine stream. Steve explains that there is very little published literature on this phenomenum but he describes one key paper ... ... In 2012 Prof Knight and colleagues published a paper … [more]

High-speed, high resolution photoelectrochemical imaging

Photoelectrochemical imaging with high spatiotemporal resolution: publication in Biosensors and Bioelectronics

1 March 2021

Electrochemical or photoelectrochemical imaging of living cells has great potential for label-free, functional monitoring of cell responses, but is either relatively slow or suffers from poor resolution. Detailed electrochemical imaging has been limited to single-cell investigations, making it time-consuming to produce biologically relevant data. Our publication “Photoelectrochemical imaging system … [more]

Responsive nanostructured biosensors for the design of biocatalytic gates.

QMUL-NPU collaboration develops a novel generation of nanostructured responsive biosensors

26 February 2021

A collaborative team led by Prof Julien Gautrot from QMUL and Prof. Xiaoyan Ma from NPU (Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China) has developed a novel strategy for the design of nanostructured biosensors. Bringing biocatalytic sites close to the surface of electrodes is essential in order to optimise electron transfer … [more]

Tina brings engineering to life with BBC presenter Dallas Campbell

New funding for storytelling project to inspire future engineers

25 February 2021

‘Engineer the Story’, run in partnership with the Ideas Foundation, helps engineers create digital stories to bring their research to life. Supported by new funding from the Train the Trainer Initiative of StoryFutures Academy, the UK’s National Centre for Immersive Storytelling run by National Film and … [more]

Schematic showing how mechanical stimulation can be applied to cells in an organ-chip

Knight's group publish new paper on the importance of mechanical stimulation in organ-chip technology

24 February 2021

Prof Knight and colleagues at Queen Mary University of London and University College Dublin have published a new paper discussing the importance of incorporating mechanical stimulation into organ-on-a-chip technology. Prof Knight will be discussing this work at the forthcoming Pan-London 3Rs Symposium. Organ-chip models consist of living cells grown in … [more]

3D-photoelectrochemical imaging will be implemented using porous light-addressable semiconductors on FTO coated glass.

EPSRC New Horizons grant on 3D photoelectrochemical imaging

1 February 2021

Prof Steffi Krause, Dr Joe Biscoe, Dr Thomas Iskratsch and Dr Bo Zhou have been awarded an EPSRC New Horizon’s grant (EP/V047523/1) of £200k to develop new measurement technology for 3D photoelectrochemical imaging. Electrochemical imaging techniques are powerful tools for the investigation of topography, charge and … [more]

CR UK & EPSRC Multidisciplinary Award

New CRUK/EPSRC research grant: Organ-on-a-chip model to investigate breast cancer bone metastases

12 January 2021

A new research grant using organ-on-a-chip technology to understand breast cancer bone metastasis has started in Prof Martin Knight's bioengineering and mechanobiology research group. The multidisciplinary award is jointly funded by Cancer Research UK (CR UK) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The project will develop … [more]

Image showing live cells in cartilage tissue and the anti-inflammatory effects of TRPV4 activation with GSK101 which prevents biomechanical degradation.

New paper on anti-inflammatory effects of TRPV4 stimulation

11 January 2021

Prof Knight's research group have published a new study showing, for the first time, the anti-inflammatory effects of stimulating the mechanosensitive ion-channel, TRPV4, and its importance in cartilage health. Degenerative joint conditions, such as osteoarthritis, are associated with pro-inflammatory signalling which causes degradation of the articular cartilage leading to … [more]

Bo after his viva

Bo Zhou Passes his PhD Viva

9 December 2020

Congratulations to Bo Zhou who passed his PhD viva yesterday. Bo's thesis title is "Photoelectrochemical imaging of live cells using semiconductor substrates". He was supervised by Steffi Krause and Karin Hing. He presented his work at the International Symposium on Bioelectrochemistry and Bioenergetics in 2019, published two full … [more]

Professor Liz Tanner

Liz Tanner elected Secretary of International College of Biomaterials Fellows

4 December 2020

On Friday 4th December the new Council of the International College of Fellows in Biomaterials Science and Engineering meet. This Council will lead worldwide activity in Biomaterials for the next 4 years. Activities will include student exchanges, debates at congresses and supporting the run up to 2024 World Biomaterials Congress in South … [more]

Virus particles surrounding lungs. Credit: feellife/iStock.com

Queen Mary scientists receive donation from Emulate, Inc to support Covid-19 research

1 December 2020

The donation was awarded to Professor Daniel Pennington and Dr Neil McCarthy as part of the Organs-on-Chips against COVID-19 initiative run by the UK Organ-on-a-chip Technologies Network. Through this research project the scientists hope to improve understanding of how Covid-19 affects the lungs and identify new ways … [more]

EU Cordis logo

EU Commission report on cancer mechanobiology research from Prof Knight's group at QMUL

24 November 2020

The EU Commission have published a report on some of the research into cancer mechanobiology taking place in the Bioengineering Division within School of Engineering and Materials Science at QMUL. The report entitled 'Mechanobiology of METAstatic and DORMant cancer cells in bone marrow lesions', describes research conducted by Dr Verbruggen … [more]

Premature baby in an incubator

New bioengineering approach to fix fetal membranes

13 October 2020

The study, published in the journal Prenatal Diagnosis, found that these molecules, known as peptide amphiphiles (PAs) self-assemble to form a ‘plug’ that seals holes within the fetal membranes, and could potentially help repair any damage. For the study, the researchers established a fetal membrane defect model, … [more]

Modelling of real-world disease breakout group (from top left on screen: Elisabete Silva; Andrew Pitsillides; Gerard Cummins; Charareh Pourzand; Alessandra Granata; John Greenman; Paul Holloway; Tomasz Kostrzewski; Valerie Speirs)

Organ on chip funding sandpit goes virtual

5 October 2020

Thanks to the new world of on-line events, the OOACT Network's sandpit – originally planned face to face in April this year – was run successfully in MS Teams from 29 September to 1 October. This interactive funding sandpit event provided a great opportunity for 32 senior academics and industrialists from across … [more]

confocal microscopy image of primary cilia in healthy cells but which are disrupted in Jeune syndrome

Funding awarded to Prof Knight to develop a new treatment for the rare disease, Jeune Syndrome

1 October 2020

This project funded by Queen Mary Innovations, will identify compounds for the treatment of a rare genetic disease, Jeune Syndrome, that disrupts skeletal formation. The disease is caused by mutation in the genes that regulate primary cilia – the tiny hair-like cellular structures that coordinate a variety of important signalling … [more]

Organ on a chip network logo

QM hosts new Organ-on-a-chip Research symposia

22 September 2020

QMUL has launched a new e-symposia series with research presentations related to organ-on-a-chip and other predictive in vitro models. The symposia are part of the UK Organ-on-a-chip Technologies Network which is funded via the Technology Touching Life scheme and directed by Prof Hazel Screen and Prof Martin Knight, both bioengineers … [more]

Thomas Iskratsch in the Journal of Cell Science as a 'Cell Scientist to Watch'

Thomas Iskratsch is featured in the current issue of the Journal of Cell Science as part of the "Cell Scientist to Watch" series.

3 August 2020

Thomas Iskratsch is featured in the current issue of Journal of Cell Science as part of the "Cell Scientist to Watch" series. The series looks at "cell biologists who are in the earlier stages of their careers, and who [the Journal of Cell Science think] are making … [more]

The launch symposium celebrated the start of the new Centre for In Vitro Predictive Models

Successful Launch of QMUL Centre for Predictive in vitro Models

22 July 2020

The Centre for Predictive in vitro Models (CPM) was officially launched on Wednesday 22nd with an successful virtual symposium. More than 330 registrated attendees joined in to celebrate the occasion, listening to talks and participating in stimulating discussions. Introductory words from the vice principal for the faculty of Science and Engineering, … [more]

Emulate's organs-on-chips technology. Credit: Emulate

Using Organs-on-chips technology to accelerate COVID-19 research

18 June 2020

The Queen Mary & Emulate Organs-on-Chips Centre is involved in a new initiative to use miniaturised living systems with human cells, known as organ-chips, in the fight against COVID-19. As part of this initiative, Emulate, Inc have donated blank Organ-Chips to the UK Organ-on-a-chip Technologies Network to support the … [more]

New Paper!

8 June 2020

Congratulations Connor for the acceptance of your first paper in Frontiers Bioengineering & Bitechnology: "Force transmission between the gastrocnemius and soleus sub-tendons of the Achilles tendon in rat” Gains CC, Correia CC, Baan GC, Noort W, Screen HRC, Maas H. (2020) Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology [more]

Clockwise, from top left: keratinocytes deforming protein nanosheets on top of an oil droplet (Gautrot lab), fibroblasts forming a network in a hydrogel (S.Lopategui, Iskratsch lab), cardiomyocytes contracting soft polymers (with titin doublets resolved at approximately 160nm distance, I.Xanthis, Iskratsch lab) and flat worm larvaes (A.Carrillo-Baltodano, Martin lab, SBCS), all imaged with the Nikon SoRa super-resolution spinning disc microscope

New state-of-the-art microscope to support research in the School of Engineering and Materials Science

20 May 2020

Queen Mary underlined its strong commitment to the ongoing research in SEMS by investing into a £375K state-of-the-art super-resolution spinning disc microscope. Microscopy imaging approaches have long been a major research strength within the school, facilitating new collaborative links and supporting significant research funding and outputs in leading journals. … [more]

covid-19 virus and organ-chip (not to scale)

Queen Mary + Emulate Organs-on-Chips Centre supports COVID-19 initiative

6 May 2020

The Queen Mary + Emulate Organs-on-Chips Centre is supporting a new initiative to use predictive in vitro models, also known as organ-chips, in the fight against COVID-19. Emulate, Inc is participating in the Organs-on-Chips against COVID-19 initiative (#OoCovid) and donating a set of Organ-Chips to the UK Organ-on-a-Chip Technologies Network which … [more]

‘Magnetically responsive’ microscopic drug carrier

Researchers use magnetism to keep drugs at disease sites

30 April 2020

The researchers were able to use magnetism to hold ‘magnetically responsive’ microscopic drug carriers at chosen sites, even in the presence of external forces, such as flowing liquid, which would normally displace them. They also found that magnetism restricted the movement of cells containing these drug capsules. This … [more]

New date announced

New date for World Biomaterials Congress 2020 announced

31 March 2020

The World Biomaterials Congress with Liz Tanner as a member of the Executive Committee has been postponed from May to December 2020 due to Covid-19. The new dates are Thursday 11th December to Wednesday 16th December. The programme will be similar but there will be new events announced nearer the time. [more]

THEUNSEEN and Lucideon logos

Double Success with KTP Grants Awarded

11 March 2020

SEMS has secured two new Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTPs) grants this month. This success represents a total of about £500K in grant funding and a doubling of SEMS portfolio to a total of 4 live KTP projects. This is all of the live KTP projects running at QMUL currently. The … [more]

Thomas (right) and Corina (middle) being congratulated by Dr Adrian Briggs.

3rd Year Project Poster Winners Announced

26 February 2020

The Spring Industrial Liaison Forum one again played host to the 3rd year project student poster showcase. Two winners were selected from the 300+ posters that were submitted. These were from Thomas Kellock for his poster on "Spiral Microfluidics for Circulating Tumour Cell Isolation" who is supervised by Yi … [more]

ILF 2020 in full swing

Another Hugely Successful ILF Completed

26 February 2020

The School of Engineering and Materials Science hosted another successful Industrial Liaison Forum (ILF) on Wednesday 26th February 2020 which attracted 85 visitors during the day. The focus was on our Taught Programme Student Projects with more than 100 of our students having the opportunity to discuss their projects with each other, QMUL … [more]

The MEng group being congratulated by Dr Adrian Briggs (on the right)

Robot Hand Team Wins Top Prize at ILF

26 February 2020

A team of 4th year MEng students Jamie SENGUN, Ahmed DEIRI, Talha TAILOR, Kai PAGE & Mohammed KHAN who have been working on the "Soft 3D-printed Robotic Hand" project supervised by Dr Lorenzo Jamone & Dr Ketao Zhang won the best MEng group project prize at the Annual … [more]

Hacking Hearts illustration by Libby Morrell who followed the workshop with her amazing line drawings

First outcome of our 'Hacking Hearts' art and science outreach collaboration with Central Saint Martins released online

19 February 2020

Central Saint Martins published a first story about the outcome or our art and science collaboration. This fast-paced project saw postgraduate students from across disciplines hack the research of our inaugural Scientists in Residence over the course of a week. You can read here: https://www.arts.ac.uk/colleges/… [more]

Professor Hazel Screen

Join us for Professor Hazel Screen's Inaugural Lecture

13 February 2020

We are delighted to announce that Professor Hazel Screen's Inaugural Lecture will be taking place on Thursday 19 March. Hazel's research spans from the nano-scale to whole body mechanics, where she utilises a bioengineering approach to explore the relationships between tissue health and disease, and the surrounding mechanical environment. … [more]

Knee replacement implant (https://bonesmart.org/knee/choosing-a-knee-implant-prosthesis/)
Image credit: Conformis

New paper on the anti-inflammatory effects of low levels of cobalt ions

3 February 2020

Cobalt ions from some orthopaedic implants induce a dose-dependent cytotoxic and pro-inflammatory response. However, this new paper from Prof Knight and Prof Shelton's groups shows that low levels of cobalt are in fact beneficial and block pro-inflammatory signalling in cartilage. The authors showed that sub-toxic levels of cobalt (50uM) … [more]

The Organ-on-a-chip team, L to R: Martin, Julia, Sarah, Aysha, Angel, Stephen, Matthew, Luana, Paul, Mina, Elisabete, Ashley, Chrysanthi, Stefaan, Clare & Natt

The Organ-on-a-Chip Shop – a Science Museum highlight!

29 January 2020

On 29 January, Organ-on-a-Chip Technologies Network scientists and engineers swapped their lab coats for aprons, to run the Organ on a Chip shop at the hugely popular Science Museum Lates in London. This Lates night celebrated the launch of the Museum’s new Medicine Galleries and attracted over 4,000 visitors. Promoted … [more]

Prof Dan Bader

Dan Bader Gives His Valedictory Lecture in Technical University of Eindhoven

24 January 2020

During his time as Professor of Medical Engineering at Queen Mary University of London, Prof Bader was also a part-time visiting professor in the Technical University of Eindhoven (Tu/E). There he worked closely with Prof Cees Oomens in the area of pressure ulcers as well as continuing his work … [more]

We're hiring!

20 January 2020

We are currently hiring, with both a PDRA and PhD studentship in the organ-on-a-chip field. If you're interested in building new musculoskeletal in vitro models with us, we'd be delighted to hear from you! PhD Studentship: The interfascicular matrix niche – novel approaches to identify the aetiology of … [more]

Emulate's organs-on-chips technology. Credit: Emulate

Queen Mary opens Organs-on-Chips Centre for advancements in medical research and drug development

16 January 2020

A new research centre which aims to revolutionise medical research and drug development using microengineered Organs-on-Chips has opened at Queen Mary University of London. Organs-on-Chips contain tiny hollow channels lined by living human cells that recreate the microenvironment experienced by cells within the human body.  As miniaturised living … [more]

Profs Knight and Screen interviewed for report on organ-on-a-chip

Profs Knight and Screen interviewed for report on organ-on-a-chip

13 December 2019

Profs Knight and Screen were recently interviewed for a news article on organ-on-a-chip which has just been published in the magazine Engineering & Technology. The article explored the potential of organ-on-a-chip technology for testing the safety and efficacy of new pharmaceuticals and the impact on conventional animal testing. [more]

Mechanobiology : From Molecular Sensing to Disease

Clare Thompson and Megan McFie publish chapter in new mechanobiology book.

6 December 2019

Clare Thompson and Megan Mcfie have helped write a chapter on primary cilia mechanobiology in an excellent new book entitled Mechanobiology : From Molecular Sensing to Disease. The chapter reviews the role of primary cilia in mechanosignalling in a variety of tissues and the effect of mechanical forces on cilia structure … [more]

Visitors can see the Organ-on-a-Chip Technologies Network 'chip shop' at Science Museum Lates on 29 January 2020

Organ-on-a-Chip on show at Science Museum Lates

4 December 2019

Science Museum Lates: Medicine, 18.45 - 22.00, Wednesday 29 January 2020 (over -18s only) Organ on a Chip Shop - a Lates highlight! Organ-on a-Chip Technologies Network members from across the UK will be running the shop at this hugely popular event. Based on the concept of a fish & chip takeaway, this '… [more]

Liz presents plans for 2020

Planning Meeting for World Biomaterials Congress

4 December 2019

On 3 and 4 December the Executive Committee, Liz Tanner, Lucy Di Silvio King's and Nicholas Dunne Dublin City University for the 2020 World Biomaterials Congress meet in Glasgow. We have received over 2,800 abstracts with spaces for 1,200 Oral presentations so have offered the remainder Poster Presentations. The e-mails should be sent before … [more]

Megan presenting at the International Conference on Cilia, Flagella and Centrosomes in Paris

Knight group presentations at the International Cilia & Centrosomes Conference

29 November 2019

Several members of the Knight group have been at the excellent International Conference on Cilia, Flagella and Centrosomes organised by the French and UK Cilia Networks. On the first day Megan gave a fantastic presentation on her PhD project screening >1700 compounds for effects on primary cilia structure as part … [more]

Megan (left) and Hudair (2nd from right) collecting their poster prizes

PhD poster prizes to Megan and Hudair

21 November 2019

Congratulations to Megan and Hudair who both won prizes for their PhD research posters at the Industrial Liaison Forum organised by the School of Engineering and Materials Science. Both Megan and Hudair are part of Knight’s research group. Megan’s PhD is co-supervised by Dr Cleo Bishop … [more]

Networking Session in Action

Industrial Liaison Forum is a Tremendous Success

20 November 2019

The biannual Industrial Liaison Forum was held on Wednesday November 20th November in the Octagon. The event was well attended with over eighty industrialists from more than sixty organisations attending. The event was broken up into four parts, starting in the morning with the PhD research poster exhibition, followed by … [more]

From left to right Valeriia Kudriavtceva, Megan McFie, Julia Strudwick from Polymax, Hudair Samad  and Prof Martin Knight

Award Winning Research Students in SEMS

20 November 2019

At the SEMS annual research led Industrial Liaison Forum, there was a research showcase from 80 of our current PhD students. The panel of judges this year were made up a wide range of academics from each division. They decided after a careful deliberation to award the following prizes: 1st Prize: … [more]

SEMS at 'Hacking Hearts' at Central Saint Martins

SEMS at 'Hacking Hearts' at Central Saint Martins

21 October 2019

We're excited to be participating in 'Hacking Hearts' at Central St Martins in London. The event is a ‘Hackathon’, a week-long project re-imagining heart research artistically by Central St Martins Arts Students. Dr Thomas Iskratsch, with help of his group, will be Scientist in Residence. The workshop … [more]

AC photocurrent imaging at an epitaxial layer of InGaN/GaN on sapphire was shown to be sensitive to the impedance of a polymer dot and the negative surface charge of an isolated cell. AC photocurrents were excited with a focused, intensity-modulated 405 nm laser and measured with a lock-in amplifier. Images were obtained by measuring the photocurrent while moving the electrochemical cell with respect to the laser beam using an XYZ positioning system.

InGaN suitable as a substrate for photoelectrochemical imaging in life sciences

11 October 2019

Bo's paper on the use of InGaN as the semiconductor substrate for AC photoelectrochemical imaging has been accepted by Sensors. AC photocurrent imaging at metal oxide semiconductors auch as ITO and ZnO nanorods has been shown to suitable for bioimaging applications such as the measurement of the negative surface … [more]

Lei Su nominated as committee member of IEEE Photonics Conference Council

Lei Su nominated as committee member of IEEE Photonics Conference Council

2 October 2019

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Conference Council regularly review the Society's meetings portfolio, including major conferences in the field of Photonics. The Conference Council is also responsible for reviewing and approving requests for technical co-sponsorship, Chairs and Representatives for selected conferences, and location and venue selections for … [more]

Professor Wen Wang elected FREng

Professor Wen Wang elected FREng

30 September 2019

Professor Wen Wang has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering today. This is as: Wen Wang is distinguished for his insightful achievements in cardiovascular bioengineering, specifically in biofluid mechanics related to the molecular lining of blood vessels and the transport of fluid and solutes across the … [more]

Super resolution microscopy images of polycystin-2 and primary cilia

New research published in Nature Communications, reveals how the location of the protein Polycystin-2 (PC2) on primary cilia regulates Polycystic Kidney Disease.

16 September 2019

Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease (ADPKD) is a common yet devastating disease. It is a heritable disorder characterised by development of kidney cysts which slowly overtake the kidney’s structure, destroying its function, and often resulting complete kidney failure by the of age 60. ADPKD affects as many as 1 in 400 … [more]


Bioengineers and Cancer Biologists develop a complex in vitro model of the human tumour - new Ideaslab video

6 September 2019

Bioengineers are trying to grow human organs, so could growing human tumours help us to understand the microenvironment in which they spread – and how the immune system might be persuaded to attack them? Frances Balkwill explains in this new Ideaslab video for the World Economic Forum how our research … [more]

Liz Tanner gives Lecture in Sichuan University

Liz Tanner gives Lecture in Sichuan University

21 August 2019

While in China to present the 11th World Biomaterials Congress 2020 to the Chinese Society for Biomaterials, Liz Tanner also visited Professor Zhang Xingdong (former Research Visitor to the Department of Materials) at Sichuan University and gave a lecture entitled "Composite Materials for Bone Augmentation". [more]

Dr Chowdhury present a quote from Professor Peter McOwan

Talk about saving babies' lives inspires young people to become bioengineers

12 July 2019

Queen Mary researcher Dr Tina Chowdhury gave an inspiring talk to young people about saving babies’ lives at the eighth St Paul’s Way Trust Science Summer School chaired by Professor Brian Cox (OBE) and Lord Andrew Mason (OBE). Dr Chowdhury’s research is investigating ways to … [more]

Biomin toothpaste developed by Robert Hill and staff at Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary Dental Professor becomes first British winner of prestigeous Varshneya Award

26 June 2019

Professor Hill, the first British scientist to win this award, was presented with his prize at the 25th International Glass Congress in Boston. The Award was made by the American Ceramic Society.  An expert on fluorine containing glasses and glass-ceramics, Professor Hill initially worked on high fluorine content glasses … [more]

Mexican government presents Queen Mary academic with prestigious award

Mexican government presents Queen Mary academic with prestigious award

12 June 2019

Professor Teresa Alonso-Rasgado, Queen Mary’s Dean for Global Engagement in the Faculty of Science and Engineering, has been awarded the highest distinction possible for her academic excellence in Mexico. The Lazaro Cardenas Medal for academic excellence was presented to Professor Alonso-Rasgado by the Secretary of Education, Esteban Moctezuma … [more]


Funding awarded for mechanobiology research into osteoarthritis

10 June 2019

Queen Mary Researchers have been awarded funding for three separate biomechanics and mechanobiology pump priming projects. Professors Hazel Screen and David Lee of the School of Engineering and Materials Science were awarded funding from the OAtech+ Network to develop projects relating to mechanobiology aimed at targeting the chronic, degenerative disease … [more]

Protease sensitive hydrogels based on peptide cross-linked poly(2-oxazoline) co-polymer

ACS Biomacromolecules paper on peptide cross-linked poly(2-oxazoline) as a sensor material for the detection of proteases accepted

7 June 2019

Norlaily Ahamad's paper on peptide cross-linked poly(2-oxazoline) as a sensor material for the detection of proteases has been accepted by Biomacromolecules. Increased levels of active proteases are frequently associated with inflammatory conditions, and there is increasing demand for point of care devices for monitoring inflammation. Norlaily cross-linked a … [more]

Muchun answering questions at the end of her talk.

Muchun and Bo present at the XXV. International Symposium on Bioelectrochemistry and Bioenergetics in Limerick

28 May 2019

Muchun Zhong's and Bo Zhou's presentations were well received by the Bioelectrochemistry community. Muchun presented her work on light-addressable potentiometric sensors for the detection of zinc, and Bo talked about photoelectrochemical imaging with iron oxide nanorods. [more]

Microvascularised organ-on-chip platform developed in the Gautrot Lab

Funding awarded to develop kidney-on-a-chip for animal free drug testing

14 May 2019

A Queen Mary researcher has been awarded funding to develop artificial kidneys, known as kidney-on-a-chip, to avoid testing drugs on animals. Dr Julien Gautrot, from the School of Engineering and Materials Science, was awarded the £50,000 grant from The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in … [more]

A close-up of Dr Hing's stamp

Synthetic bone graft research gets stamp of approval

2 May 2019

The pioneering work of a Queen Mary researcher has been celebrated with a stamp as part of a new series launched by Royal Mail. The six stamp set, launched today, marks innovations in British engineering from the last 50 years including the development of a synthetic bone graft by Dr Karin … [more]

Tina's podcast with The Naked Scientists https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p077kmvf

New approach to repair fetal membranes may prevent birth complications

23 April 2019

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London and University College London have developed a new approach to repair defects in fetal membranes which could prevent life-long medical conditions and disabilities associated with preterm birth. The integrity of the fetal membranes that surrounds the baby in the womb during pregnancy is … [more]

The negative surface charge of the cell reduces the amount of hydroxide ions diffusing to the sensor surface thereby decreasing the local photocurrent.

First report of cell surface charge mapping with a photoelectrochemical imaging system appears in Analytical Chemistry

15 April 2019

Fan's and Bo's paper on the photoelectrochemical imaging of cell surface charges has been been accepted by Analytical Chemistry. Photoanodic currents at indium tin oxide (ITO) coated glass immersed in an electrolyte solution were shown to be sensitive to surface charge, pH and impedance. Our laser scanning setup … [more]


QM hosts Organ-on-a-chip Technologies Network meeting

9 April 2019

Queen Mary hosted the UK Organ-on-a-chip Technologies Network for a special Learning and Collaborative Event. The network has over 450 members from 50+ academic institutions with over 50 partners from industry and other stake holders. The network event included a programme of research talks, discussion groups, industry demonstrations and special training sessions on … [more]

Principle of the collagenase sensor

Norlaily's paper about collagenase sensor accepted

2 April 2019

Our paper entitled 'Collagenase Biosensor Based on the Degradation of Peptide Cross-Linked Poly(ethylene glycol) Hydrogel Films' written by Norlaily Ahmad, Burcu Colak, De-Wen Zhang, Michael Watkinson, Remzi Becer, Julien Gautrot and Steffi Krause has been published in Sensors 2019, 19(7), 1677; doi:10.3390/s19071677. Peptide cross-linked hydrogels were deposited on gold coated, piezoelectric … [more]

Exercise helps prevent cartilage damage caused by arthritis

Exercise helps prevent cartilage damage caused by arthritis

27 March 2019

Exercise helps to prevent the degradation of cartilage caused by osteoarthritis, according to a new study from Queen Mary University of London. The researchers show for the first time how mechanical forces experienced by cells in joints during exercise prevent cartilage degradation by suppressing the action of inflammatory molecules which … [more]


New research identifies optimal ventilation protocol for premature babies

26 March 2019

A new paper from Prof Martin Knight's group examines the use of two different methods of providing mechanical ventilation to premature babies. The study led by Prof Anne Greenough and colleagues at King's College London, explores the effect of lung inflation volume on inflammation within the alveolar epithelial … [more]

Rashna being congratulated by Dr Carolyn Small from Arconic, who is the Chair of the Materials Division Industrial Advisory Board.

3rd Year Project Poster Winners Announced

14 March 2019

The Spring Industrial Liaison Forum played host to the 3rd year project student poster showcase. This year two winners were selected from the 300+ posters that were submitted. These were from Fatou CHANG for her poster on "Solar drier for agricultural food preservation in developing countries" who is supervised … [more]

Moresche's Poster from the ILF

Moresche Bartley wins the best MSc student Poster Award

13 March 2019

Moresche Bartley won the best MSc student prize at the 2019 Industrial Liaison Forum in SEMS for her poster called, "An in vitro study of myocyte and fibroblast co-culture response to degraded Mg alloy". Her project is being supervised by Prof. Liz Tanner [more]

Giant ‘nerve cell’ science education centre lands in London’s East End

Giant ‘nerve cell’ science education centre lands in London’s East End

4 March 2019

‘Neuron Pod’ - a striking 23-metre long and 10-metre high free-standing structure – has opened its doors as an informal science learning centre at Queen Mary University of London’s Whitechapel campus. The launch was marked by a visit from children from Christ Church Primary School, Brick … [more]

Norlaily and Steffi after the viva

Norlaily Ahmad passes her PhD viva

28 February 2019

Congratulations to Norlaily Ahmad who passed her PhD viva today. Norlaily's thesis title is "Biosensor for matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) based on peptide-linked polymers". She was supervised by Steffi Krause and Remzi Becer and also had significant input from Julien Gautrot and Michael Watkinson. She presented her work … [more]

Women in STEM committee after the talk

Liz talks at Bristol University Women in STEM event

5 February 2019

On Tuesday 5th February Liz Tanner gave a talk in the Senate House at Bristol University to the student's Women in STEM society as part of the Women in Conversation week of talks. A lively discussion afterwards with enthusiastic students from first year undergraduates to PhD students. [more]

Feng Yang passes her PhD

Feng Yang passes her PhD

21 January 2019

Dr Feng Yang has successfully completed her corrections having defended her PhD thesis entitled "The Synergistic effect of Bone Graft Substitute Architecture and Mechanical Environment on hMSCs Responses in vitro". Her research on the development of 3D bioreactors to facilitate in vitro investigation of bone graft substitute bioactivity … [more]

Nanopillar measurements of traction forces in absence of calponin-3.

New paper out from collaboration with the Lappalainen Lab!

6 December 2018

This study shows a surprising role for Calponin-3 in controlling proper contractility of the stress fiber network. Will Hawkes collaborated with the Lappalainen lab and performed nanopillar assays to measure the traction forces that are associated with stress fibers. He could indeed detect higher forces in the knockout cells, as … [more]

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New video report on soft robotics for keyhole surgery

30 November 2018

Breaking news on the EU robotics project STIFF-FLOP Research on soft robotics for keyhole surgery by Professor Althoefer, head of Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ) is highlighted in the new TechRepublic video on '5 things to know about soft robotics': 1. It doesn't mean pillows. 2. Search and rescue. 3. Medicine. (STIFF-FLOP features … [more]

View of the altar waiting for the service to start

Liz Tanner attends Service to celebrate Year of Engineering

22 November 2018

Liz Tanner was one of the 2000 guests at the ecumenical "National Service to Celebrate the Year of Engineering" held at Westminster Abbey. The address was given by Dame Anne Dowling OM DBDE FRS FREng President of the Royal Academy of Engineering. One of the lessons was read by … [more]

Congratulations to Marta Godinho!

Congratulations to Marta Godinho!

22 November 2018

Marta Godinho has successfully completed her PhD viva today on a thesis entitled, "Investigating the role of elastin in tendon mechanics." She was supervised by Hazel Screen and Steve Greenwald with significant input from Chavaunne Thorpe, and was recipient of the Bonfield Scholarship though the Institute of Bioengineering. … [more]

New article on our research in The Horse

30 October 2018

we are excited to see an article in leading equine health magazine "The Horse" talking about our latest research findings and how we are working to understand and manage equine tendinopathy: https://thehorse.com/159937/tendon-problems-in-old-horses-what-goes-wrong/ [more]

Professor Althoefer

Professor Kaspar Althoefer interviewed about robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery.

8 October 2018

Professor Kaspar Althoefer was interviewed about his research on soft robotics for robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery. "We wanted to take our inspiration from biology – so octopus tentacles were our inspiration....making something that was made of soft materials, to achieve more dexterous behaviour but also to increase patient … [more]

Welcome to Antonios!

1 October 2018

We are delighted to welcome Antonios Giannopoulos as a PDRA working on a Dunhill funded project, looking to investigate the early initiation of tendinopathy and why risk increases with ageing.

Professor Screen giving the opening keynote at this year's ISTS conference

21 September 2018

Some of the group will be travelling to the 5th International Scientific Tendinopathy Symposium (ISTS) next week in Groningen. Prof Screen will give the opening keynote lecture about tendon ageing, where she will describe the ageing changes in the interfascicular matrix and how this may contribute to tendon injury risk [more]

New Paper Accepted

New Paper Accepted

20 September 2018

Congratulations to Renjie (Jacky) Lui for the acceptance of his paper "Guided cell attachment via aligned electrospinning of glycopolymers" in MacroMolecular Bioscience. The work constitutes a large part of his PhD which he submitted earlier this month. Lui R, Becer CR, Screen HRC (2018) Guided cell attachment via aligned … [more]

Liz Tanner Returns to QMUL

Liz Tanner Returns to QMUL

17 September 2018

After just over 11 years at the University of Glasgow, Liz Tanner has returned to School of Engineering and Materials Science to become the first Bonfield Professor of Biomedical Materials. Liz's first job was as a post doc in Bill Bonfield's Biomaterials Group, before the foundation of the IRC … [more]

Launch event group photo on Graduate Centre terrace at QMUL

Organ-on-a-Chip Network launch a great success

13 September 2018

The UK Organ-on-a-Chip Network official launch took place last week. On the 6th of September there was a conference day, held in conjunction with the BioMedEng18 Conference, taking place at Imperial College London and followed by a launch day at Queen Mary’s Graduate Centre on Friday the 7th. … [more]

Scientists design material that can store energy like an eagle’s grip

Scientists design material that can store energy like an eagle’s grip

9 August 2018

What do a flea and an eagle have in common? They can store energy in their feet without having to continuously contract their muscles to then jump high or hold on to prey. Now scientists at Queen Mary University of London and University of Cambridge have created materials that can … [more]

Confocal microscopy images showing tendon cells with primary cilia. Top image is a cell within tendon tissue. Bottom image is an isolated tendon cell growing in vitro. Nucleus labelled in blue, primary cilia labelled with acetylated alpha tubulin (red)

Mechanical regulation of primary cilia in tendon cells suggests a novel feedback mechanism controlling tendon health and mechanosensitivity.

23 July 2018

New research from Prof Martin Knight and Prof Hazel Screen's group at Queen Mary University of London reveals a novel feedback mechanism regulating tendon health and homeostasis during mechanical loading. The study published in Scientific Reports investigates primary cilia in tendon cells subject to physiological and pathological mechanical loading. … [more]

A close-up of the enamel-like material

Scientists develop material that could regenerate dental enamel

1 June 2018

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have developed a new way to grow mineralised materials which could regenerate hard tissues such as dental enamel and bone. Enamel, located on the outer part of our teeth, is the hardest tissue in the body and enables our teeth to function for … [more]

The instrument will combine two electrochemical imaging techniques which measure cell responses on the top and bottom layer

Queen Mary awarded funding to build instrument which will revolutionise monitoring of cellular processes

29 May 2018

Queen Mary University of London has been awarded funding to lead a joint project to build an instrument which will revolutionise the monitoring of cellular processes in tissues that line organs. The grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has a total value of £823,329 over three … [more]

Technology network awarded funding to capture musculoskeletal degeneration

Technology network awarded funding to capture musculoskeletal degeneration

20 April 2018

Queen Mary University of London - as part of a group of universities, hospitals and research centres - has been awarded funding to create a network seeking to develop new, high energy imaging methods to capture the dynamic biochemical and biophysical processes in biological samples. The human body is highly … [more]

An Organ-on-a-Chip device (Emulate, Inc.)

Queen Mary Awarded Funding to Establish Organ-on-a-Chip UK Network

16 April 2018

Queen Mary University of London has been awarded funding to lead a UK network in the development of ‘Organ-on-a-chip’ devices. The network will be part of a major new Research Councils UK (RCUK) funding venture, Technology Touching Life [1], which aims to foster interdisciplinary research into innovative technology in … [more]

Dan Rowson

Dan Rowson passes his PhD on the effect of mechanical loading on tendon cells

11 April 2018

Congratulations to Dan Rowson who passed his PhD viva. Dan's PhD thesis investigated the effect of mechanical stimulation on tendon cells in order to better understand the process of tendon injury. In particular, Dan investigated the effect of mechanical forces on tiny hair-like cellular structures structures, known as primary … [more]

Prof Screen

New Dunhill Medical Trust grant awarded to Prof Hazel Screen to investigate the development of tendon injury with ageing.

10 April 2018

Professor Hazel Screen has been awarded a Dunhill Medical Trust grant of £190,000, to investigate the causes of age-related tendon injury. Tendon injuries are extremely painful and highly debilitating, and become increasingly common as we age, where they can dramatically affect quality-of-life. Developing treatments is of the utmost importance, but … [more]

Dr Tina Chowdhury

Storytelling project for engineers and young east Londoners wins funding

5 April 2018

A Queen Mary University of London project which aims to give engineers the skills to create digital stories about how their work can improve the world has received funding from the Ingenious Awards. ‘Engineer the Story’ will bring together engineers to work alongside disadvantaged young people from east … [more]

New animation from the British Heart Foundation shows how SEMS research into tiny tech is helping to treat heart failure

New animation from the British Heart Foundation shows how SEMS research into tiny tech is helping to treat heart failure

3 April 2018

Heart failure affects an estimated 920,000 people in the UK. It means that your heart can't pump blood as well as it should do. One of the most common causes of heart failure is a heart attack. After a heart attack the damaged heart muscle can become stiff. This means … [more]

Institute of Mechanical Engineers confirms accreditation of SEMS programmes

Institute of Mechanical Engineers confirms accreditation of SEMS programmes

22 March 2018

The Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has confirmed the accreditation details for our programmes following their re-accreditation visit to SEMS in November. Students completing an IMechE accredited degree are deemed to have met part or all of the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer and are … [more]

Exciting New Paper on the Tumour Microenvironment

Exciting New Paper on the Tumour Microenvironment

20 March 2018

A new paper published in the journal Cancer Discovery, by Prof Martin Knight and colleagues describes, for the first time, an evolving human metastatic microenvironment. The work led by Prof Fran Balkwill measures gene expression, matrisome proteomics, cytokine and chemokine levels, cellularity, extracellular matrix organization, and relates this to changes … [more]

Jake is being congratulated by Wen Wang and Lorenzo Botto

Best 3rd Year Project Student Awards Awarded at the Spring Industrial Liaison Forum

15 March 2018

At the Spring Industrial Liaison Forum (ILF) every 3rd year project student was invited to submit a poster on their research. The best 50 posters were displayed to the visitors and the students competed for the best 3rd Year Project Prize. The judges deliberated at length and decided to split the … [more]

Prof Wen Wang (Head of School) congratulates Philomena on her project poster competition win.

Best MSc Student Project Poster

14 March 2018

At the Spring Industrial Liaison Forum (ILF) all the MSc students were invited to submit a poster on their research topics. The best posters were invited to compete for the DePuy Synthes' MSc student Prize. The standard was once again very high this year but after careful deliberations the award … [more]

Marie Currie Actions H2020

Marie Curie Fellowship Award for Dr Luming Zhao

12 March 2018

Congratulations to Dr Luming Zhao, who has been awarded a two-year H2020 Marie Curie Fellowship (€200k), supervised by Dr Lei Su, Prof Martin Knight and Dr Manoj Ramachandran. He will develop novel compact optical fibre lasers for clinical imaging and laser surgery. [more]

Students talking to an alumni visitor about career options after QMUL

SEMS Industrial Liaison Forum is a Great Success

7 March 2018

The Spring SEMS Industrial Liaison Forum was a very popular event again this year. In the morning the annual taught student showcase took place in the Octagon which was followed in the afternoon by a wide range of alumni lead panel and networking sessions. There was also an Industrial Advisory … [more]

Best MEng  group from the 2018 ILF

Best MEng Group in SEMS Award

7 March 2018

At the Spring Industrial Liaison Forum (ILF) event all the 4th year MEng group project students in SEMS had the opportunity to present their projects and compete for the DePuy Synthes Group Project Prize. The standard was once again very high this year but after careful deliberations the award for … [more]

Professor Gleb Sukhorukov

Professor Gleb Sukhorukov reaches an h-index of 95

27 February 2018

Congratulations to Professor Gleb Sukhorukov whose h-index has recently reached 95, as per Google Scholar. The h-index is a numerical indicator of how productive and influential a researcher is. Gleb is author and co-author of more than 300 papers whose impact is reflected in more than 30 000 citations of his works. He pioneered … [more]

Cells can ‘walk’ on liquids a bit like the way geckos stick to other surfaces using shear forces

Cells ‘walk’ on liquids a bit like geckos

19 February 2018

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have discovered that cells can ‘walk’ on liquids a bit like the way geckos stick to other surfaces. Cells are typically grown on solid materials, such as tissue culture plastic, degradable polymers and bioceramics. It is thought that the strong mechanical … [more]

Cells spreading on the outside of a scaffold

New printing technique uses cells and molecules to recreate biological structures

16 February 2018

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have developed a printing technique using cells and molecules normally found in natural tissues to create constructs that resemble biological structures. These structures are embedded in an ink which is similar to their native environment and opens the possibility to make them behave … [more]

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Fake a knee at the Science Museum

1 February 2018

When we loose cartilage tissue in the knee joint and suffer from knee pain, the joint function is impaired and the patient may need a total knee replacement surgery. The procedure involves removal of the damaged and diseased joint and replacement with an artificial joint. Most patients who undergo knee … [more]

New research grant on bone cancer mechanobiology and primary cilia funded by the EU.

New grant on mechanobiology of bone tumours

1 February 2018

Dr Stefaan Verbruggen has recently joined the bioengineering group at Queen Mary on a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship. Stefaan is working in Prof Martin Knight's research group investigating the role of mechanical forces in bone cancer and the involvement of primary cilia. Stefaan's project is entitled 'META-DORM: … [more]

Cells in the heart sense stiffness by measuring contraction forces and resting tension simultaneously

Cells in the heart sense stiffness by measuring contraction forces and resting tension simultaneously

26 January 2018

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have identified a new mechanism in which adhesive structures within the cells of the heart sense stiffness through muscle contractions and resting tension at the same time. The study, published in Developmental Cell, further shows that the resting tension in the heart cells … [more]

New Published Research: Cells in the heart sense stiffness by measuring contraction forces and resting tension simultaneously

New Published Research: Cells in the heart sense stiffness by measuring contraction forces and resting tension simultaneously

26 January 2018

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have identified a new mechanism in which adhesive structures within the cells of the heart sense stiffness through muscle contractions and resting tension at the same time. The study, published in Developmental Cell, further shows that the resting tension in the heart cells … [more]

Fluorescently-labeled protein patterns within different types of 3D hydrogels

New molecular printing technology could recreate complex chemical environments that resemble the human body

20 December 2017

New patterning technology which could open opportunities to recreate complex biological environments has been developed by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). '3DEAL' is a simple and inexpensive fabrication technique able to generate complex molecular patterns within soft matter, such as hydrogels, with microscale resolution and up to … [more]

Dr Wei Ding

PhD success for Dr Wei Ding

13 November 2017

Congratulations to Dr Wei Ding who passed his PhD viva on the 31st of October 2017. Wei worked with Professor Wen Wang and Dr Mario Orsi on molecular dynamic simulation of lipid bilayer membranes. He was jointly funded by QMUL and the China Scholarship Council. During his PhD study, Wei has … [more]

Super resolution microscopy images of chondrocyte primary cilia showing the reduction in cilia length in an expanded cell (right) compared to a freshly isolated cell (left). The scale bars are 2 microns.

Study reveals how manipulation of primary cilia may improve cartilage tissue engineering

30 September 2017

A new paper from Prof Knight's group shows how expansion of cartilage cells for tissue engineering disrupts primary cilia expression inhibiting associated cellular signalling. Primary cilia are specialised, hair-like structures found singly in the majority of cell types where they coordinate a variety of cell processes important for tissue … [more]

The findings of this research study may help explain why cartilage breaks down with ageing or arthritis.

Research paper identifies the secret life of collagen

12 September 2017

Dr Gupta and Prof Knight have just published exciting results which cast light on how cartilage is able to withstand the demanding mechanical environment of the joint and may eventually help to explain why cartilage breaks down with ageing or arthritis. Collagen changes its crystallinity in response to physical forces, … [more]

Repair of fetal membranes could reduce preterm births

Repair of fetal membranes could reduce preterm births

5 September 2017

Life-long medical conditions and disabilities associated with preterm birth could be prevented with a new bioengineering approach led by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Bioengineers from SEMS working together with clinical practitioners have potentially found a way to reduce preterm births and prevent early deaths of young … [more]

David Barrett

PhD student David Barrett wins 2016 Malcolm Ferguson-Smith Young Investigator award

20 June 2017

Congratulations to our PhD student David Barrett, who has won the prestigious 2016 Malcolm Ferguson-Smith Young Investigator Award for his article published in the October 2016 issue of the Prenatal Diagnosis journal. The title of David's article is “Connexin 43 is overexpressed in human fetal membrane defects after fetoscopic surgery”. … [more]

Research to heal fetal membranes receives funding from Great Ormond Street and Sparks Charity.

Research to heal fetal membranes receives funding from Great Ormond Street and Sparks Charity.

27 March 2017

Dr Tina Chowdhury has been awarded a project grant by GOSH and Sparks charity (£148, 862). The project will develop a novel therapy to heal fetal membrane defects in the womb with Anna David (fetal medicine professor, UCL), Alvaro Mata (nanotechnology professor, SEMS), Jan Deprest (fetal surgeon/professor, Leuven), Dan Bader (… [more]

Virtual Lab project wins prestigious higher education award

Virtual Lab project wins prestigious higher education award

1 February 2017

The Virtual Lab, a platform that allows students to learn lab skills in bioengineering and the life sciences, has won the Gold Award at the Life Sciences category. The Awards celebrate innovative higher education pedagogies which enhance learning and employability across the globe. The Virtual Lab uses the latest games … [more]

The Virtual Lab shortlisted for prestigious higher education award

The Virtual Lab shortlisted for prestigious higher education award

15 November 2016

The Virtual Lab, a platform that allows students to learn lab skills in bioengineering and the life sciences has been nominated for the e-Learning Innovation category in the Reimagine Education Awards 2016. Dr Tina Chowdhury, Senior Lecturer in Regenerative Medicine at the School of Engineering and Materials Science, said: “I&… [more]

The children made biomaterials with Dr James Taylor

Opening young minds to bioengineering

5 May 2016

A pioneering scheme called The Bioengineering Experience, developed for school children to explore advances in science, engineering and materials hosted a group of ten-year olds from St Joseph’s in the Park returning for their second visit to Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Led by Dr Tina Chowdhury … [more]

New generation of synthetic bone grafts created

New generation of synthetic bone grafts created

21 December 2015

Scientists led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have developed a new type of synthetic bone graft that boosts the body’s own ability to regenerate bone tissue and could produce better outcomes for patients. The research, which is published in the Journal of Materials Science: Materials in … [more]


The Bioengineering Experience 2015

9 June 2015

Dr Tina Chowdhury's new fillm called "The Bioengineering Experience" can be seen here:

Year 6 students learning about knee joints

The bioengineering experience 2015

5 May 2015

Children aged 10 from St Joseph’s in the Park visited the Institute of Bioengineering and experienced real, hands on lab activities at the School of Engineering and Materials Science. The project funded by the Center for Public Engagement, was a fantastic event encouraging young people to experience bioengineering first … [more]

CNP microcapsules

New ‘microcapsules’ have potential to repair damage caused by osteoarthritis

21 January 2015

A protein molecule called C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP), which occurs naturally in the body, is known to reduce inflammation and aid in the repair of damaged tissue. However, CNP cannot be used to treat osteoarthritis in patients because it cannot target the damaged area even when the protein is injected … [more]


Can a protein help to protect osteoarthritic joints? Dr Tina Chowdhury and team investigate

25 July 2013

For more information on this story, please see the interview on Youtube with Dr Nick Peake, one of the researchers involved in the project.