The lifETIME CDT Management Team is composed of academic members from the partner universities.
Prof Matt Dalby
DirectorProf Matt Dalby FRSE (University of Glasgow) is director of the CDT. His research focusses on using materials to understand mesenchymal stem cell function in relation to bone, cartilage and the bone marrow niche.
Prof Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez
Executive DirectorProf Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez (University of Glasgow) is executive director of the CDT. His research focusses on synthetic polymers and hydrogels that contain biological components to make the cell-materials of tomorrow.
Prof Liam Grover
Deputy DirectorProf Liam Grover (University of Birmingham) is deputy director fo the CDT. His group focuses on the application of materials science and chemical engineering to the design of novel technologies for the regeneration of tissues. He is also interested in the fundamental science behind the mechanical performance of both ceramics and soft solids and how they may be influenced by physiological conditions.
Prof Abhay Pandit
Deputy DirectorProf Abhay Pandit FBSE, FTERM (CÚRAM) research focuses on deciphering the host response in the diseased condition and using this information to engineer better biomaterials systems.
Prof Ivan Wall
Deputy DirectorProf Ivan Wall is Professor of Regenerative Medicine, Cell & Gene Therapy Bioprocessing at Aston University. His research interests span cell and tissue bioprocessing, biomaterials and microscale cell culture systems. Particular areas of interest include linkage of stem cell identity and potency attributes, exosome bioprocessing and T-cell bioprocessing.
Prof Paula Mendes
Research LeadProf Paula Mendes FIChemE (University of Birmingham) research focuses on the development of biointerfaces with enhanced dynamic and functional complexity for on-demand sensing, and construction of synthetic antibody mimics on surfaces for glycan recognition. The antibody technology is being harnessed to build more accurate tests for early cancer.
Prof Jon Cooper
Impact LeadProf Jon Cooper FRSE, FREng (University of Glasgow) is impact lead for the lifETIME CDT. His major research interested are in biomedical imaging, biosensors and medical diagnostics. He has a track record of spin-out and translation of devices into industry and clinical practice.
Prof Huabing Yin
Industry LeadProf Huabing Yin (University of Glasgow) in industry lead for the CDT. Her work focusses on microfluidic and bioengineering approaches to developing sensing, diagnostic and tissue engineering technologies.
Dr Jessamyn Fairfield
Outreach LeadDr Jessamyn Fairfield (CÚRAM) is outreach lead. Her research is focused on nanomaterials for neuromorphic electronics and neural interfaces. She is also an award-winning science communicator, and the director of Bright Club Ireland (http://brightclub.ie/).
Dr Manus Biggs
Device Tech LeadDr Manus Biggs (CÚRAM) is device technology lead for the lifETIME CDT. His research integrates material science, electronic engineering, top-down nanofabrication techniques and biological functionalization strategies in developing biomaterial platforms, with a focus on elucidating specific mechanisms of cell-material interactions to enable the development of next-generation medical devices.
Prof Laura Machesky
Cohort ChampionProf Laura Machesky FRSE, FMedSci (University of Glasgow) is cohort champion for the lifETIME CDT. She is interested in how mechanical cues from the extracellular matrix shape cancer and normal cell migration, adhesion and signalling behaviour in 3D.
Dr Emily Draper
Early Career Researcher ChampionDr Emily Draper (University of Glasgow) is a lecturer in chemistry and her main research interests are in self-assembled organic materials in wearable electronics for bio-sensing and ophthalmic viscosurgical devices.