Management Team

  • The lifETIME CDT Management Team is composed of academic members from the partner universities.

    Prof Matt Dalby


    Prof 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 Director

    Prof 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 Director

    Prof 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 Director

    Prof 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 Director

    Prof 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 Lead

    Prof 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 Lead

    Prof 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 Lead

    Prof 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 Lead

    Dr 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 (

    Dr Manus Biggs

    Device Tech Lead

    Dr 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

    Cancer Research Champion

    Prof 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 Champion

    Dr 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.

    Mrs Michelle Carmichael

    lifETIME Coordinator

    Mrs Michelle Carmichael (University of Glasgow) is the Doctoral Training Hub Coordinator for the LifETIME CDT.

    Mihai Lomora Ph.D.

    CÚRAM Project Manager

    Aimee Soare

    LifETIME Administration Assistant

    Aimee is the Doctoral Training Hub Administration Assistant for the lifETIME CDT (University of Glasgow).

    Emma Lardner

    Healthcare Technologies Institute Operations Manager

    Emma Lardner is the Administration Assistant for the LifETIME CDT (University of Birmingham).

    Hannah Lamont

    Birmingham (CDT Student Representative)

    Hannah is the 2019 CDT student representative from the University of Birmingham. Hannah's research is dedicated to investigation and treatment of trabecular meshwork fibrosis using 3D glaucoma models.

    Ibrahim Erbay

    NUI Galway (CDT Student Representative)

    Ibrahim is the 2020 CDT student representative from the NUI Galway. Ibrahim's research is dedicated to development of new experimental models of inflammatory bowel disease.

    Amaziah Alipio

    Birmingham (CDT Student Representative)

    Amaziah is the 2021 CDT student representative from University of Birmingham. Amaziah's research is dedicated to cell-based therapies for liver regeneration.