Education

BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences (2004), Cardiff Metropolitan University.

MSc Cell and Tissue Engineering (2010), Keele University.

PhD Bioengineering (2014), Keele University.

Forming part of the HYANJI scaffold collaboration between European and Chinese universities my project has investigated the use of biopolymer, Human Embryonic and Mesenchymal Stem cells in combination for the regeneration of tendon.

During the three years I have participated on an academic exchange to both: Tsinghua University (Beijing) focused on developing and completing a pilot in vivo experiment during a 6 month period, West China School of Pharmacy focused on the controlled production of polymer nanoparticles as a vehicle for drug/growth factor delivery during a second 6 month exchange. Both exchanges in China provided me with experience of research, student supervision and clinical practice in other cultures.

Awards           

MRC Grant (2010-2014) 882553 “Tissue Engineering tendon mimetics with nanofiber and stem cell composites”. Completed and outcomes available on ResearchFish.              

European Union 7th framework HYANJI scaffold EU-China exchange programme. 6 months (May-November 2010) academic exchange to Tsinghua University, Beijing, PR China.

European Union 7th framework HYANJI scaffold EU-China exchange programme. 6 months (February-September 2012) academic exchange to West China School of Pharmacy, Sichuan University, Chengdu, PR China.

Society Membership:

Royal Society for Biology (MRSB).

Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society.

British Society for Gene and Cell Therapy.

Publications

  1. The application of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate) scaffolds for tendon repair in the rat model. Biomaterials 34(28), 6683-6694.
  2. Poly (3-Hydroxybutyrate-co-3-Hydroxyhexanoate)/Collagen Hybrid Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering Applications. Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods 19(8), 577-585.
  3. Sustained PDGF-BB release from PHBHHx loaded nanoparticles in 3D hydrogel/stem cell model. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A 103(1), 282-288.
  4. Controlled Production of Poly (3-Hydroxybutyrate-co-3-Hydroxyhexanoate) (PHBHHx) Nanoparticles for Targeted and Sustained Drug Delivery. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 103(8), 2498-2508.

Teaching

  • PM-315 Genetic Analysis III

    The module aims to develop the student¿s ability to critically analyse and synthesise advanced research topics in genetics and molecular biology, and their oral and written scientific presentation skills.