Joel is Deputy Head of the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering and Head of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Group.
He teaches undergraduate students about Design for Manufacture and applications of 3D printing processes.
Joel leads the Biomedical Manufacturing research team in the Advanced Manufacturing Technology group.
His research is in biomedical manufacturing, including new manufacturing process development for a variety of biomedical applications. This includes bioprinting, regenerative medicine, drug delivery and pharmaceutical device development and a range of manufacturing techniques including precision and additive manufacturing processes. He is currently supervising PhD researchers in microneedle drug delivery device development, novel pharmaceutical process development, biofabrication for regenerative medicine, biomedical platform development for satellites and additive manufacture in space.
He was a co-investigator in the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacture in Regenerative Medicine and the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacture in Medical Devices (MeDe Innovation). He has previously led a number of work packages in several collaborative EU funded projects and for the last ten years been involved in many interdisciplinary collaborative research projects with colleagues in Life Sciences, Pharmacy, Physics, Microbiology & Nursing, Midwifery and Physiotherapy.