University Associate Professor
Academic Division: Mechanics, Materials and Design
Research group: Biomechanics
Telephone: +44 1223 7 48559
Living tissues are intricate ensembles of multiple cell types embedded in a complex, but well-defined extracellular matrix (ECM) of topographical and adhesive features ranging from nanometres to micrometres. Cell ladened ECMs act like units of reaction centres and information hubs. Corporation between these small units lead to a hierarchical structure (i.e. a human body) achieving homeostasis (balance).
We combine nanotechnology and new material fabrication techniques to construct the defined biochemical and physical inputs of an ECM scaffold, and to recapitulate the key attributes of a 'niche' unit. Our research is highly multi-disciplinary in nature, crossing fields of engineering, biology, chemistry, polymer physics and computer science. We aim to translate our scientific findings into exploring a new generation of tissue engineering constructs for personalised therapy, at affordable costs; and to provide new solutions for disease monitoring, drug testing, and better patient healthcare.
For more information about my group, please visit: https://biointerface.eng.cam.ac.uk/
Manufacturing, design and materials
- 'Green', Bio-inspired fabrication
- 3D printing; Organ manufacturing
- Electrospinning; functional fibre and textile processing
- Tissue engineering scaffold
- Organ-on-chips: microvessels, lung and kidney
- Neural stem cell interface
Complex, resilient and intelligent systems
- Bio-robotics and soft robotics
- Clinical informatics via AI, 3D printing & sensor integration
Information on research activity and latest opportunities in the group, please visit: https://biointerface.eng.cam.ac.uk/
- Associate Editor, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces,
- Associate Editor, Microsystems & Nanoengineering (Springer Nature Publishing)
- Associate Editor, Bio-Design and Manufacturing (Springer)
- Editorial Board, Bioactive Materials (KeAi)
I completed my MEng degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Imperial College London in 2007 (1st Class; top of the class for four years). With a Cambridge Gates Scholarship, I then pursued a PhD in Physics at Cambridge, focusing on carbon nanotechnology and experimental soft & biological matters. I was a visiting researcher at Prof Rodney Ruoff's lab at University of Texas at Austin (2008). After graduating from my PhD in 2011, I was awarded an Oppenheimer Fellowship and a Homerton College Junior Research Fellowship. Since Aug 2013, I have been a Lectureship (Assistant Professor) in Bioengineering at Cambridge. I am a recipient of the prestigious ERC Starting grant, and an elected fellow of the Institute of Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. Please see my interview with ''The Meaning of Success: Insights from Women at Cambridge'.