Institute: University of York
I graduated from the University of York in 2009 with a Master of Chemistry (MChem), including a year spent in industry performing synthetic chemistry to develop therapeutics for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Due to my interests in biology and medicinal chemistry I undertook a PhD at the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, based at the Universities of York and Sheffield. During my PhD I investigated the use of composite hydrogels for mesenchymal stem culture, including chondrogenesis, with an emphasis on how the hydrogel composition could be varied to produce optimal, fit for purpose materials.
During my E-TERM fellowship I am continuing my research in cartilage repair at the University of York, and in addition to developing biomaterials, I am working on co-culture models of mesenchymal stem cells and chondrocytes.
Cartilage repair using stem cells, chondrocytes and biomaterials
Biomaterial synthesis and characterisation
Stem cell culture and differentiation
Primary cell isolation and culture