School of Pharmacy

Materials for Healthcare

Discover, design and develop novel materials and devices

Our primary research areas are:

  • Development of high throughput methods for materials discovery
  • Defining how chemistry, stiffness, topography and shape can control the response of cells to materials
  • Production and testing large libraries of these attributes in the form of patterned surfaces, particles and more complex architectures
  • Defining the abilities of bacteria and microbes to sense and signal to each other. This could have application in the field of antimicrobial resistance

Materials have become an integral part of modern medicine, used to target the delivery of drugs, expand and deliver cells in regenerative medicine to construct a wide variety of medical devices.

Asha Patel Cell Polymer MicroarrayCells and polymer microarray by Asha Patel


As a result of huge advances over the last decade the stage is now set for developing the next generation of biomaterials for healthcare.

Advanced materials are developed in the division to meet current medical challenges; infection and antimicrobial resistance, and cancer. We also seek to provide materials solutions to allow the opportunities offered by regenerative medicine and cellular therapies to be realised. We use a range of approaches to discover and develop materials including high throughput approaches, whereby we are able to screen hundreds to thousands of materials in parallel. We also use a range of modification techniques to functionalise surfaces and supramolecular self-assembly to design new materials that are biologically active.


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