Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group

  • LifETIME have placed EDI at the heart of its activities offering part-time studentships, funding to support applications from widening participation, childcare support for conference attendance, flexible working for carers as well as prompting a work-life balance.

    Dr Eric Hill (Committee Chair)


    Dr Eric Hill is the chair of equality diversity and inclusion committee. Eric is the programme director for the Biosciences MSc at Aston University. His research interests include the development of tissue engineering strategies to model stem cell behaviour in the development of neuronal networks and also during neurodegeneration. Eric is currently engaged in developing stem cell derived models of the CNS in an attempt to study complex cellular interactions that occur in development and disease.

    Dr Mihai Lomora


    Dr Mihai Lomora is a lecturer in Physical Chemistry at the School of Chemistry, NUI Galway. Mihai is also the CDT CÚRAM Programme Manager. His current research interests include the fabrication of i) protein-polymer synthetic assemblies (micro-/nanocapsules, micro-/nanoparticles), and ii) phytoplankton-based scaffolds together with their combination with extracellular matrix (ECM)/cellular components for tissue engineering applications.

    Dr Petra Hanga


    Dr Petra Hanga is a lecturer in Biomedical Engineering at Aston University. Her research interests address two distinct grand challenges: 1) healthcare, by developing future therapies that will minimise the economic and social burden of an aging population; 2) food and nutrition for health, by advancing clean meat technologies that ultimately will enable a radical shift away from factory farmed animal products.

    Prof Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez


    Prof Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez (University of Glasgow) is executive director of the CDT. Manuel is Head of the Division of Biomedical Engineering and Chair of Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering. His research focusses on synthetic polymers and hydrogels that contain biological components to make the cell-materials of tomorrow.

    Dr Lisa Hill


    Dr Lisa Hill is an Assistant Professor/lecturer in Ocular Disease and Therapeutics. Lisa is conducting pioneering research in the fields of extracellular matrix biology, ocular disease and therapeutics. Over the last decade, she has focussed on understanding how inflammation and dysfunctions in extracellular matrix can lead to blinding diseases including glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and uveitis. This has led to her identifying and developing new immuno- and anti-scarring therapies to treat blinding diseases and she has developed and patented technologies used for delivering drugs into the eye.

    Paige Walczak

    Aston (CDT Student Representative)

    Paige Walczak is the 2019 CDT student representative from Aston University. Paige's is researching the development of a 3D model of the cortex for the investigation of neurodegenerative diseases.

    Hannah Williamson

    Birmingham (CDT Student Representative)

    Hannah Williamson is the 2020 CDT student representative from Birmingham University. Hannah is researching on-demand sensors for cell therapy bioprocessing.