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Academic Staff Group Members

Prof Alonso-Rasgado

Prof Teresa Alonso-Rasgado
PhD

Professor in Mechanical Engineering
Email t.alonso@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Azevedo

Dr Helena Azevedo
MEng, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering & Biomaterials
Molecular self-assembly, the spontaneous organization of molecules into ordered aggregates by noncovalent interactions and without external control, is of central importance to life (e.g., protein folding, formation of lipid bilayers). Using biological inspiration and tools of chemistry, physics and engineering, we aim to explore new (macro)molecular units (peptides and sugar polymers) mimicking the composition and structure of carbohydrates and proteins (vital constituents of all organisms) to develop materials by self-assembly with particular properties and function for bioengineering applications. We expect that combinations of these building blocks and their controlled self-assembly can generate the discovery of innovative biomaterials with unprecedented properties that can revolutionize tissue engineering and other forms of regenerative medicine.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5502     Email h.azevedo@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Chowdhury

Dr Tina Chowdhury
BSc, MSc, PhD, PGCAP, ADEPT Senior Fellow, SFHEA

Senior Lecturer in Regenerative Medicine
Inflammation, mechanobiology, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, musculoskeletal science and bioengineering
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7560     Email t.t.chowdhury@qmul.ac.uk

Prof de Bruijn

Prof Joost de Bruijn
PhD

Professor of Biomaterials
Hard tissue replacement, bone tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, synthetic osteoinductive materials, bioreactor systems for adult stem cell expansion
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6310     Email j.d.debruijn@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Gautrot

Dr Julien Gautrot
PhD

Co-director of Division of Bioengineering /
Reader in Biomaterials and Biointerfaces
Synthesis and characterisation of biomaterials. Micro- and nano-patterning. Bio-interfaces. Stem cell biology.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5263     Email j.gautrot@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Gavara

Dr Nuria Gavara
PhD, FHEA

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Biomedical Engineering and Biomaterials
Image-based diagnostics and screening, machine learning and development of algortihms for data analysis, Atomic Force microscopy, cell and nuclear mechanics, mechanobiology, tissue engineering, stem cell biology, traction force microscopy,
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6596     Email n.gavara@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Gupta

Dr Himadri Gupta

Reader in Bioengineering and Biophysics
Tissue mechanics, bone and cartilage disorders, impact resistant biocomposites , nano- and microscale mechanics of biological and biomimetic composites, synchrotron in situ X-ray nanomechanical imaging
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8867     Email h.gupta@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Iskratsch

Dr Thomas Iskratsch
PhD, Dipl.-Ing.

Lecturer in Bioengineering
Cardiomyocyte and Vacular Smooth Muscle Cell Mechanobiology, Rigidity Sensing, Micro and Nanopatterning, Cellular Force Measurements, Advanced Imaging Techniques
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3674     Email t.iskratsch@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Knight

Prof Martin Knight
BEng, MSc, PhD, FHEA

Professor of Mechanobiology
My research is focussed on 'mechanobiology' or how living cells and tissues respond to physical forces. In particular I am interested in the role of the fascinating cellular structure known as the primary cilium (cilia in plural). My work also explores the development of organ-on-a-chip models incorporating for predicting the performance of pharmaceuticals. I work on a variety of different diseases including osteoarthritis, tendonopathy and cancer and the development of novel therapeutics.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8868     Email m.m.knight@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Krams

Prof Rob Krams
PhD

Professor in Molecular Bioengineering
mechanotransduction, flow studies, molecular biology, finite element modelling, fluid structure modelling, imaging, animal studies
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7940     Email r.krams@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Lee

Prof David Lee
BSc (Hons), MA, PhD

Deputy Vice Principal - Research (Enterprise)
Tissue engineering and mechanobiology, Mesenchymal stem cell biology
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8874     Email d.a.lee@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Mata

Prof Alvaro Mata
BSc, MSc, DEng

Professor in Biomedical Engineering & Biomaterials
Our team strives to develop innovative technologies and high impact research (Science 2008, Nature Materials 2010, Nature Chemistry 2015) to generate creative technologies and solutions for a variety of bioengineering applications. We use highly interdisciplinary approaches that integrate engineering, materials science, chemistry, nanotechnology, biology, and medicine to develop materials and devices that are hierarchical, biomimetic, offer spatio-temporal control, adaptability, tuneability, self-healing, and functionality. Current research in our lab includes the development of in vitro biomimetic environments, dynamic and directed self-assembling systems, molecular printing within 3D environments, and molecularly-designed bioactive implants for applications such as tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, drug screening.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6279     Email a.mata@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Screen

Prof Hazel Screen
BEng MRes PhD(Lond) CEng

Director of Division of Bioengineering /
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
My research aims to understand how our tissues are built to be able to withstand the loads they experience in the body. I am particularly interested in understanding tendon and heart valve; how and why they get injured, and ways to prevent this happening. By looking at the ways a tissue is supposed to work when it is healthy, we can identify how small changes in the structure, such as those which occur with age, can make injury more likely and look to prevent or treat these specifically.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6167     Email h.r.c.screen@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Shelton

Prof Julia Shelton
BA(Cantab) PhD(Lond)

Professor of Biomechanical Engineering
Wear of total hip replacements, surface coatings, particle analysis, orthopaedic systems, tissue engineering, tendon mechanics
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8877     Email j.shelton@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Wang

Prof Wen Wang
PhD, CEng, FIMechE, FAIMBE

Vice-Principal and Executive Dean (Science & Engineering)
Vascular endothelial mechanics, flow and solute transport in extracellular matrices, microcirculation, arterial haemodynamics, cell & tissue mechanics
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3031     Email wen.wang@qmul.ac.uk

Associate Academic Staff Group Members

Prof Althoefer

Prof Kaspar Althoefer
PhD

Professor of Robotics Engineering
Professor Althoefer's research focuses on robot autonomy, soft robotics, modelling of tool-environment interaction dynamics, sensing and neuro-fuzzy-based sensor signal classification with applications in robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery, rehabilitation, assistive technologies and human-robot interactions in the manufacturing environment.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3419     Email k.althoefer@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Birn-Jeffery

Dr Aleksandra Birn-Jeffery
MSci, PhD

Lecturer in Bioengineering
My research aims to understand how different movements are achieved across a variety of steady and non-steady tasks; in particular, how the mechanics and muscles are used to control movement. I apply this knowledge to differentiate healthy gait from injury and disease, by identifying these fundamental control priorities. Identification of these control priorities, and using these to discover markers for disease severity will help assess the effectiveness of different treatment interventions for gait deficits. Non-steady tasks, such as walking over obstacles are key to identifying these underlying control parameters.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3677     Email a.birn-jeffery@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Botto

Dr Lorenzo Botto
PhD

Senior Lecturer (equiv. Associate Professor) in Fluid Mechanics
I am the leader of the Fluids, Particles and Interfaces Group (https://bottogroup.wordpress.com/). I am interested in fluid mechanics and transport phenomena, with particular focus on topics at the interface between classical fluid dynamics and materials science. My group uses simulations and theory, often corroborated by experimental results, to uncover fundamental engineering principles that can be applied to practical problems, in areas such as advanced materials, bioengineering, and energy engineering. Recurring topics of research in the group are the dynamics of particulate materials (suspensions, emulsions, powders, etc.) and the mechanics of soft interfaces. I lead the "Fluid Mechanics of Nanostructured Materials" Special Interest Group of the EPSRC-funded UK Fluids Network.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3757     Email l.botto@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Busfield

Prof James Busfield
MA, PhD, FHEA, FIMMM, CEng

Professor of Materials
Examining the physical behaviour by experiment and modelling techniques of soft matter such as elastomers and rubber materials. Properties of interest include abrasion, friction, fracture, creep, fatigue, viscoelastic behaviour, modulus enhancement and composite filler reinforcement. Developing smart soft materials that can sense their environment and soft actuating materials that can change shape in response to a physical stimulus.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 8866     Email j.busfield@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Hing

Dr Karin Hing
CEng, PhD, BSc, MIMMM, FRMS, FWES

Reader in Biomedical Materials
My research is focused around the development of pioneering biomaterials and healthcare therapies through development of novel materials and processing technologies and investigation of the phenomena behind biocompatibility, and the stimulation of tissue regeneration. I am particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms behind enhanced bone healing or regeneration in the presence of porous synthetic scaffolds, known as synthetic bone graft substitutes, via manipulation of both synthetic graft chemistry and hierarchical pore structure. I also have extensive experience in translating research from the bench to the bed side through my involvement in the successful development and commercialisation of a progressive series of synthetic bone graft substitute materials with tuneable hierarchical structures to support rapid, reliable bone regeneration, which are now in global clinical use in a range of applications including trauma, joint revision and spine surgery.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7804     Email k.a.hing@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Krause

Dr Steffi Krause
Dr. rer. nat., MRSC, FHEA

Reader in Electroanalytical Systems
Electrochemical sensors and characterisation techniques including: (i) impedance and quartz crystal microbalance based chemical sensors and biosensors, (ii) electrochemical imaging using photocurrent measurements at field-effect semiconductor devices with scanning photo-induced impedance microscopy (SPIM) and light-addressable potentiometric sensors (LAPS).
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3747     Email s.krause@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Mueller

Dr Jens-Dominik Mueller
Dipl-Ing, MSc, PhD

Reader in Computational Fluid Dynamics and Optimisation
Computational Fluid Dynamics, Fluid-Structure Interaction, Biofluids, Shape Optimisation, Adjoint methods, Mesh adaptation, Sensitivity Analysis.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5421     Email j.mueller@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Shaheed

Dr Hasan Shaheed
PhD (Sheffield), PGCAP (London), SFHEA, MIEEE, CEng, MIET, NTF

Senior Lecturer: Robotics & Renewable Energy
a) Systems/Applications: Aerial Robotics, Solar Aerial Robotics (Solarcopter), Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems, Medical Robotics including Capsule Robots, Master-slave Robots, Medical / Surgical devices, Water Desalination and Cancer. (b) Approaches: System Design, Modelling, Identification, Control, Optimisation, Artificial Intelligence (Neural Networks, Fuzzy Logic, Genetic, Particle Swarm and Ant Colony Algorithms), Bioinformatics and Computational Biology with application to Cancer Prognosis and Classification, Biomedical Signal Processing
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3319     Email m.h.shaheed@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Smoukov

Dr Stoyan Smoukov

Reader in Chemical Engineering
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5305     Email s.smoukov@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Su

Dr Lei Su
BSc, MRes, PhD, FHEA

Lecturer
I have a multidisciplinary research background centred on optical sensors and instrumentation. My team are developing optical devices for diagnosis, imaging and monitoring, interfacing with chemistry and nanotechnology, in applications such as healthcare, energy, and security.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5184     Email l.su@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Sui

Dr Yi Sui
PhD, MInstP, Fellow HEA

Reader in Simulation-Modelling of Engineering Systems
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7763     Email y.sui@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Sukhorukov

Prof Gleb Sukhorukov

Professor of Biomedical Materials
Physical Chemistry, Biophysics, Materials Science. Area of research: Multifunctional Nanoengineered Delivery Systems
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5508     Email g.sukhorukov@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Tanner

Prof Elizabeth Tanner
OBE, FREng, FRSE, PhD (Hon Caus)

Bonfield Professor of Biomedical Materials
My research interests are in the development, testing and use of biomaterials for bone and joint replacement. In particular composites of bioactive ceramics and polymers which can encourage bone ongrowth yet have sufficient mechanical properties to be used for load bearing applications. These are based on either non-degradable or degradable polymers depending on application. In parallel I have interests in the mechanical properties of bone and the effects of pathology on these properties.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6785     Email k.e.tanner@qmul.ac.uk

Prof Vadgama

Prof Pankaj Vadgama
MB, BS, BSc, PhD, FRCPath, CChem, FRSC, CPhys, FInstP, FIMMM, FRSB, CSci

Professor and Director of IRC in Biomedical Materials
Development of enzyme and antibody based biosensors for Point of Care Testing. Electrochemical sensors for in vivo monitoring of oxygen and metabolites for application to critical care and diabetes. Polymeric membranes and laminates designed for enzyme based biosensors for optimised sensitivity, selectivity and bio-stability. Laminates and composites developed for biodegradable sensors for chronic wound monitoring, on body electrolyte tracking in exercise and increase of bone adhesive strength.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5151     Email p.vadgama@qmul.ac.uk

Postdoc Research Associates

Mr Barrett

Mr David Barrett

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3604     Email d.barrett@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Tina Chowdhury

Dr Bosch Fortea

Dr Minerva Bosch Fortea

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email m.bosch@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Julien Gautrot

Dr Burrows

Dr Stephen Burrows

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email s.burrows@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Stoyan Smoukov

Dr Campelo Lopes

Dr Ilanna Campelo Lopes
PhD

Visiting Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Biosensors, DNA, enzymes, membranes, antineoplastic drugs
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5151     Email i.campelolopes@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Pankaj Vadgama

Dr Carassiti

Dr Daniele Carassiti
PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5912     Email d.carassiti@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Rob Krams

Dr Crespo-Ribadeneyra

Dr Maria Crespo-Ribadeneyra

Marie Curie Fellow
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3119     Email m.ribadeneyra@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Julien Gautrot

Dr Das

Dr Anirban Das

Marie-Curie Fellow
Email a.das@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Steffi Krause

Dr Delaine-Smith

Dr Robin Delaine-Smith
BSc, MSc, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5268     Email r.delaine-smith@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Martin Knight

Dr Duong Quang Nguyen

Dr Khai Duong Quang Nguyen

KTP Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7306     Email k.nguyen@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Julien Gautrot

Dr Elsharkawy

Dr Sherif Elsharkawy

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5301     Email s.a.a.elsharkawy@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Alvaro Mata

Dr Gravelle

Dr Simon Gravelle
PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email s.gravelle@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Lorenzo Botto

Mr Gu

Mr Chuan Gu

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email c.gu@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Lorenzo Botto

Dr Heywood

Dr Hannah Heywood

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5368     Email h.k.heywood@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: David Lee

Dr Inamdar

Dr Sheetal Inamdar
MEng, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3119     Email s.r.inamdar@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Himadri Gupta

Mr Jesudasan

Mr Rejish Jesudasan

Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher
Email r.jesudasan@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Jens-Dominik Mueller

Mrs Kamal

Mrs Catherine Kamal

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email c.kamal@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Lorenzo Botto

Dr Kloskowska

Dr Paulina Kloskowska
PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email paulina.kloskowska@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Aleksandra Birn-Jeffery

Dr Kong

Dr Dexu Kong

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Telephone +44 (0) 20 7882 5306     Email d.kong@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Julien Gautrot

Dr Konstantinova

Dr Jelizaveta  Konstantinova
Prof Eng, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Assistant at The Centre for Advanced Robotics (ARQ)
My current research involves sensor development, tactile perception, sensory data fusion and learning methods for robotics. My research focus is on the perception of the world via somatosensory system. I am interested to learn the perception capabilities from living organisms and to apply it to robotics, as well as to study the ways we should interpret tactile information obtained with robotic sensory system.
Telephone +44 (0) 20 7882 5368     Email j.konstantinova@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Kaspar Althoefer

Mr Lee

Mr Wanlin Lee

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Email wanlin.li@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Kaspar Althoefer

Dr Li

Dr Weiqi Li

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 7821     Email wei-qi.li@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Wen Wang

Dr Okesola

Dr Babatunde Okesola

Postdoctoral Fellowship (Self-Assembling Peptides for Tissue Regeneration)
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6686     Email b.okesola@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Alvaro Mata

Mr Pandey

Mr Pragati Pandey
BSc, MSc

Research Assistant
Email p.pandey@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Thomas Iskratsch

Miss Radvar

Miss Elham Radvar

Research Assistant
Email e.radvar@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Helena Azevedo

Dr Shi

Dr Yejiao Shi

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5301     Email yejiao.shi@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Helena Azevedo

Dr Sliogeryte

Dr Kristina Sliogeryte

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5368     Email k.sliogeryte@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Nuria Gavara

Dr Thompson

Dr Clare Thompson

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Mammalian cell culture, immunohistochemistry, immunocytochemistry, confocal microscopy and image analyses, reverse transcription and real time PCR, molecular cloning, cell transfection, immunoprecipitation and western blotting, biochemical assays (various).
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3603     Email clare.l.thompson@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Martin Knight

Dr Thorpe

Dr Stephen Thorpe
BA, BAI, PDipStat, PhD, FHEA

Researcher Co-Investigator
I implement a range of engineering, biophysics and molecular biology techniques to probe cellular responses to biophysical signals. In addition to enhancing our understanding of cell mechanobiology, my research looks to leverage this understanding to develop cartilage and bone regenerative medicine strategies, and address the aberrant mechanobiology associated with one of the most lethal cancers, pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 3602     Email s.thorpe@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: David Lee

Dr Twycross-Lewis

Dr Richard Twycross-Lewis
BSc(Hons), MRes, PhD, MSc, PGCert, AMIMechE

Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Biomechanics & Intellectual Property Law
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 5368     Email r.twycross-lewis@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Aleksandra Birn-Jeffery

Dr Verbruggen

Dr Stefaan Verbruggen
PhD

Research Fellow
Bone biomechanics and mechanobiology, Developmental biomechanics, cancer mechanobiology
Email s.verbruggen@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Martin Knight

Dr Zhao

Dr Luming Zhao

Marie Curie Research Fellow
Email luming.zhao@qmul.ac.uk
 Supervisor: Lei Su

Professional Services

Mr Iqbal

Mr Shafir Iqbal

Laboratory Technician
Provides comprehensive technical support for staff and students in the School to enable the achievement of teaching and research aims and objectives. To be responsible for the operation and upkeep of the laboratory areas of Cell and Tissue. Responsible for the instruction, guidance and supervision of staff and students in the use of laboratory equipment and techniques as appropriate.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6991     Email s.iqbal@qmul.ac.uk

Mr Mole

Mr Chris Mole

Lead Cell and Tissue Technician
Responsibility for the day-today management of the Bio/Nano and Cell and Tissue Engineering facility, the stem cell facility and to manages the relevant Technicians. Provides comprehensive support for cell and tissue engineering activities for staff and students in the School to enable the achievement of teaching and research aims and objectives. Responsible for the instruction, guidance and supervision of staff and students in the use of laboratory equipment and techniques as appropriate.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6943     Email c.f.mole@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Wu

Dr Dongsheng Wu
PhD

Laboratory Technician - Imaging
Provides comprehensive technical support for staff and students in the School to enable the achievement of teaching and research aims and objectives. Responsible for the operation and upkeep of the laboratory area Imaging. Responsible for the instruction, guidance and supervision of staff and students in the use of Confocal microscope, Multiphoton microscope, Spinning Disk microscope, Super-resolution microscope, Epifluorescence microscope, and in performing projects associated with genetic modification.
Telephone +44 (0)20 7882 6943     Email dong.wu@qmul.ac.uk

Current PhD Students

NameThesis TitleSupervisor
ABUAMMAH, AliahTBCRob Krams
ALEXIS, CardeeStudy of Liquid-liquid interfacesJulien Gautrot
BALANGTAA, JacobSelf-assembled peptide droplet interfaces for simple screening of stem cell microenvironments and micromanipulation of coloniesHelena Azevedo
BEJA FERREIRA, MartaBiophysical biomarkers to characterize cancer-associated fibroblasts in drug screening strategies.Nuria Gavara
BEYER, ValentinDevelopment of multi block copolymers as oil additivesHelena Azevedo
CHANG, LanPolymer brush vectors for 3D RNA deliveryJulien Gautrot
CHRYSANTHOU, AlexandraTBCJulien Gautrot
COSTA, EleniTBCTina Chowdhury
DAWSMITH, WesleighDielectric technology development to measure hydration levels.Tina Chowdhury
DELAHUNTY, Alex-JadeTBCRob Krams
DIBBLE, MatthewOrgan-on-a-chip. Design of engineered in vitro culture models to study cancer.Julien Gautrot
DOWDEN, AliceSilicone elastomers and 3D printingJulien Gautrot
FU, SuThe role of primary cilia in the anti-inflammatory effects of mechanical loading in cartilage cells.Martin Knight
GAINS, ConnorDeveloping a rat model of tendinopathy to investigate mechanobiology of the diseaseHazel Screen
HE, Shipingthe function of mi-R214 in differentiation of smooth muscle cellWen Wang
HEDEGAARD, ClaraCombining self-assembly of hierarchical synthetic extracellular matrices with microscale control of bioprintingAlvaro Mata
JONES, ChristianDesign of a microfluidics integrated skin on a chip tissue model.Julien Gautrot
KEELING, MichaelMulti-Scale Force Transmission to and within the NucleusNuria Gavara
MCFIE, MeganDevelopment of high throughput imaging screen of compounds effecting primary cilia structure and resulting modulation of mechanosignalling and other cilia functions in chondrocytes.Martin Knight
MENDOZA MARTINEZ, Ana KarenTBCAlvaro Mata
MENDOZA MEINHARDT, ArturoSelf-Assembling peptide amphiphiles as a platform for the manipulation of protein conformationAlvaro Mata
MENG, HongxuTBCNuria Gavara
MENG, HuanThe effect of substrate stiffness on primary cilia and regulation of the tumour microenvironment.Martin Knight
MOJARES, ElijahDesign of nanosheets and microdroplet technologiesJulien Gautrot
MONACO, AlessandraSynthesis of Glycopolymers and their interactions with lectinsHelena Azevedo
ORTEGA-HERNANDEZ, EstebanBioactive membranes for cardiac tissue regeneration.Alvaro Mata
PADILLA LOPATEGUI, SorayaDevelopment of blood interactive self-assembling systemsAlvaro Mata
PANG, XinqingEngineering the endothelial glycocalyx through defined patterns of peptide self-assembled monolayersWen Wang
PEGGREM, ShaunControl of the Circadian Clock in ChondrocytesDavid Lee
PENG, LihuiThe project on which Lihui is working focuses on understanding the mechanisms allowing stem cells to proliferate on liquid substrates. It investigates the nanoscale mechanical properties of liquid-liquid interfaces and their design, as well as the charactJulien Gautrot
PRIMO, GastonCONSTRUCTION OF ANISOTROPIC SCAFFOLDS FOR TISSUE ENGINEERING APPLICATIONSAlvaro Mata
QU, FengjinTBCJulien Gautrot
QUADIR, FauziaBonding of soft tissues to hydroxyapatiteJulien Gautrot
RATNASINGHAM, RyleyTBCHazel Screen
REDONDO GOMEZ, CarlosNovel self-healing design of non-covalent cross-linked peptide amphiphile hydrogelsAlvaro Mata
SHIVAPATHAM, ShivapathamInvestigating human Achilles tendon biomechanics using novel ultrasound imaging approachesHazel Screen
WARD, MatthewCardiomyocytes, Mechanobiology, Rigidity sensing, Micropatterning, Traction Force MeasurementThomas Iskratsch
WU, LinkeHyaluronic acid-based peptide-functionalised engineered soft matrices via thiol-ene couplingJulien Gautrot
WU, YuanhaoFrom the ELP5/PAK3 tube to a Totally-engineered blood vessels (TEBV)Alvaro Mata
YUAN, YichenPeptide-Hyaluronan Hydrogels for Ocular ApplicationsHelena Azevedo
ZHANG, YuezhouNanomechanical and ultrastructural investigation of prostate cancer cell linesHimadri Gupta
ZHAO, LuoguangNumerical simulation of complex printingWen Wang

PhD Graduates

NameThesis TitleSupervisor(s)

2017

COLAK, BurcuMicro-patterning of peptide-based biomaterialsJulien Gautrot, Hazel Screen
ZHAO, LiFabrication of non(low) permeable microcapsules and further studyGleb Sukhorukov, Himadri Gupta
UDEZE, ChineyeThe Effects of Loading Frequency on Tenocyte MatabolismHazel Screen
ZHANG, FengfengElectrospinning high toughness biomimetic polystyrene nanocompositesAsa Barber, Himadri Gupta
RAJI, Halimat-shaddiyaWear and corrosion testing of modular hip prosthesesJulia Shelton

2016

JIA, LiyongMicro-structure reorganisation of the aortic heart valve under a biaxial loading conditionHazel Screen, Wen Wang
WANG, ZhaoThe effects of the rate of hypo-osmotic challenge and IFT88 mutation on the biomechanics of chondrocytes.Martin Knight, Wen Wang
CHEN, XiaInvestigating the effects of cholesterol on phospholipid bilayer with molecular dynamics simulations.Wen Wang, Yiling Lu
YU, BaoqiThe synergistic role of mechanical stimuli and VEGF treatment in stem cell differentiation to endothelial cellsWen Wang
YANG, JunyaoThe role of HDAC7-related peptide in stem cell differentiation towards endothelial cellWen Wang
LIN, MiaoInteraction between the circulating blood and vascular endothelial cells in health & disease. Cell Mechanics for endothelial glycocalyxWen Wang, Asa Barber
DALBAY, MelisRoles of primary cilia in hMSC in differentiationMartin Knight
PATEL, DharmeshA novel fibre composite system to investigate tenocyte metabolism under physiological and pathological loading conditions.Hazel Screen
ZHANG, YiBiomimetic Layered Nanocomposites with Tunable Dynamical Mechanical Properties: Synthesis, Imaging and CharacterisationHimadri Gupta, Nicola Pugno
KRISHNAMOORTHY, MahenthaDeveloping Cationic Nanoparticles for Gene DeliveryJulien Gautrot, John Stark
XI, LiBone Quality Changes at the Nanoscale in Metabolic Bone Diseases assessed by Synchrotron X-ray ImagingHimadri Gupta

2015

DEO, Devendra InderMicrocapsule for targetted drug delivery to diseased tissuesWen Wang, Gleb Sukhorukov
WANG, XiaocongThe Role of DKK3 in Vascular Smooth Muscle DifferentiationWen Wang
LU, ZhengjunMicrofluidics for a novel bioreactorWen Wang, Pankaj Vadgama
LI, Wei-QiElectrical stimulation on cell-cell interactions in vitroWen Wang
DI FEDERICO, EricaComplex mechanical conditioning of cell-seeded constructs can influence chondrocyte activityJulia Shelton, Dan Bader
YU, XiaotianFunctional impact of microRNA-34a on stem cell differentiation towards smooth muscle cellWen Wang
SLIOGERYTE, KristinaMechanical properties of stem cells using micropipette aspirationMartin Knight, David Lee

2014

LIU, WeizhiMicrocapsule internalization be cells in vitro caused by physical and biochemical stimuliGleb Sukhorukov, Wen Wang
QIU, LinNovel polymeric matrix and its interaction withbiological cellsWen Wang, Ton Peijs
DE VILLIERS, Danielle SimoneAccelerated wear protocols for understanding clinical wear in modern hip prosthesesJulia Shelton, Martin Knight

2013

THOMPSON, ClaireInteraction between primary cilia length and hedgehog signalling in response to mechanical and thermal stressMartin Knight
IRIANTO, JeromeNuclear Related Responses to Osmotic Challenge in ChondrocytesDavid Lee, Martin Knight
CHAUDHRY, SairaA Biomechanical Characterisation of Eccentric and Concentric Loading of the Triceps Surae ComplexHazel Screen
KARUNARATNE, Malintha P. A.Analysis of Alterations in Matrix Quality at Nanoscale in Metabolic Bone Diseases using Synchrotron X-ray DiffractionHimadri Gupta
SATNAM SINGH, Jasminder K.The Nanostructure of Impant-Induced Fibrosis (MPhil)Himadri Gupta

2012

LIU, YankaiModelling studies on biological tissue property and mechanical responses under external stimuliWen Wang
BAI, KeSpatial distribution, temporal development and mechanical properties of the endothelial glycocalyx in vitroWen Wang
ROYLE, MatthewInfluence of coatings on ion release from large diameter metal-on-metal hip bearingsJulia Shelton
HOTHI, Hardip SinghThe Impact and Deformation of Press-Fit Metal Acetablular ComponentsJulia Shelton, James Busfield
PRAVINCUMAR, PriyankaViscoelastic Response of Cells and the Role of Actin Cytoskeletal RemodellingMartin Knight
ANSSARI-BENIM, AfshinStructure-Function Relationships in the Aortic ValveHazel Screen

2011

HOSNY, NeveenDevelopment of a non-invasive method to detect pericellular spatial oxygen gradients using FLIMMartin Knight
CHAI, ChanyuanCan Interface Conditions be Modified by Support Surfaces to Minimise the Risk of Pressure Ulcer Development?Wen Wang, Dan Bader
YE, Shang JunComputational modelling of flows in porous scaffold materials using a lattice Boltzmann methodWen Wang
LUO, ZhenlingmicroRNAs play a role in human embryonic stem cell differentiation into endothelial cellsWen Wang
SIVASUBRAMANYAM, Kruba SankarOsteoinduction by biomaterials; towards unravelling the underlying processJoost de Bruijn
WARD, Philip AThe influence of test parameters and surface modifications on the wear of total hip replacementsJulia Shelton

2010

PATTAPPA, GirishCharacterisaction of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell Metabolism during Proliferation and DifferentiationDavid Lee, Joost deBruijn
RAMLOGAN, AnilStem Cell Expansion and Bioreactor DevelopmentJoost deBruijn
AHMADI, RahelehInjectable Cell-Based Tissue Engineered Bone FormulationsJoost de Bruijn
TOORANI, ShimaThe Influence of Microstructure on the Mechanical Behaviours of TendonsHazel Screen, Julia Shelton

2009

GUO, LeiNovel biosensors and Their application in Mass TransportWen Wang, Pankaj Vadgama
VAUGHAN, NatalieThe potential of pulsed low-intensity ultrasound to stimulate chondrocytes in a 3D model systemMartin Knight

2008

MAEDA, EijiroTemporal regulation of tenocyte metabolism in strained fasciclesDavid Lee, Julia Shelton
AKANJI, Oto-Ola OThe influence of direct current electrical stimulation on chondrocytes in a 3D model systemDan Bader, David Lee
ANGADJI, ArashIn vitro wear of metal-on-metal hip replacements: a multifactorial problem.Julia Shelton