Research Fellow, Faculty of Science
Laurence carried out his undergraduate studies at The University of York where he received his MChem degree in 2007. After his undergraduate studies he continued at The University of York to carry out his PhD research under the supervision of Dr. Paul A. Clarke investigating plausibly prebiotic routes to carbohydrates. In 2011 Laurence received his PhD in Organic Chemistry, after which he spent a short period at ACM Global Laboratory, York as an analytical scientist. In 2013 he joined The Department of Chemistry at The University of Nottingham to work with Prof. Simon Woodward developing synthetic routes to novel organic semiconductors. In 2016 Laurence moved to The Department of Pharmacy to work on biomaterials development utilising high-throughput, combinatorial polymer and micro-topography screening with Prof. Morgan Alexander.
Laurence's current research aims to enhance our understanding of material-cell interactions in an effort to develop highly optimised biologically-relevant systems. He investigates the impact of both… read more
Laurence's current research aims to enhance our understanding of material-cell interactions in an effort to develop highly optimised biologically-relevant systems. He investigates the impact of both chemistry and topography on cell response in a high-throughput manner, combining polymer microarray screening with the surface patterning approach of TopoChip technology. Of particular interest to Laurence's research are systems that enhance the osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells, reduce biofilm formation and those that promote the growth and maturation of cardiomyocytes.
Laurence's previous research involved investigating plausible routes to homochiral building blocks of life from prochiral starting materials and developing organic semiconductor materials.
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