Institute: Institute of Science and Technology in Medicine, Keele University
Following my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry (University of Bristol) I was awarded course fees and a maintenance stipend to complete an MSc in Bioscience Technology at the University of York. During this time, I undertook a placement with Dr Justin Molloy (National Institute of Medical Research, London) using state-of-the-art imaging techniques to examine cellular motility and earned a distinction for the MSc course. Subsequently, I secured a competitive EPSRC PhD studentship within the internationally recognised Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) in Regenerative Medicine. The DTC is a three University cohort (between Universities of Loughborough, Keele and Nottingham) with short scientific projects undertaken at each site as part of an introductory first year. Following the introductory year, I studied for my PhD at Keele University under the supervision of Professor Divya Chari in the Cellular and Neural Engineering Group. I was also lucky enough to broaden my experience of the Regenerative Medicine field by working in the laboratories of Dr Clare Baker (Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, Cambridge University) and Dr Matt Dalby (Centre for Cell Engineering, University of Glasgow). I am now currently based at Keele University for my ETERM Landscape Fellowship which has continued aspects of my PhD research in developing advanced materials for repairing spinal injury.
Developing advanced neuromimetic constructs for repairing spinal injury by encapsulating multiple cell types within implantable hydrogels.
Primary neural cell derivation and culture
Neural cell characterisation
3D hydrogel culture of transplant cells
Magnetic nanoparticle engineering of cells