The Biomedical Devices research team has a long-standing expertise of innovation in biomaterial sciences and development of medical devices covering a wide range of clinical applications. Dr Sandeman and Dr Howell lead a number of projects within the Biomaterials and Medical Devices research area.
The projects have focused on developing advanced nanoporous activated carbons and surface modified, porous polymeric or composite materials for targeted removal of mediators which promote sustained inflammation, oxidative stress and tissue damage. Some of these projects are also investigating surface modification techniques to promote biotoxin removal in some applications or appropriate cell growth and functional characteristics in others.
Dr Susan Sandeman
Surface modification of biomaterials can be used to promote appropriate cell growth characteristics. PhD student Elsie Fok has been working with Dr Sandeman, Dr Guildford and Dr Martin (Blond-McIndoe Research Centre) on the optimisation of growth, storage and transport conditions for corneal epithelial stem cell sheets used for the treatment of epithelial limbal stem cell deficiency. Peptide aptamer surface binding may be used to promote cell attachment and growth on carrier matrices prior to sheet transplantation.
Dr Susan SandemanDr Carol HowellDr Yishan ZhengDr Ganesh IngavleDr Elsie FokDr Venkat Avadhanam
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