Professor Ipsita Roy
PhD, MSc, BSc
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Professor of Biomaterials
+44 114 222 5962
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Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Sir Robert Hadfield Building
Previously to joining the Department of Material Science and Engineering as Professor of Biomaterials, she was Professor at the School of Life Sciences, University of Westminster, London. She is also Visiting Professor at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London.
Professor Roy was awarded the prestigious Inlaks Scholarship and the Overseas Research Students Award to study for her PhD at the University of Cambridge. During her time at Cambridge, she was awarded the Churchill College Scholarship, the Lundgren Scholarship, Leche Trust Scholarship and the Cambridge University Philosophical Society Fellowship Award.
Her PhD at the Department of Biochemistry was on a B12-dependent enzyme, methylmalonyl-CoA mutase. Her postdoctoral work was at the University of Minnesota, USA, at the Bioprocess Technology Institute, where she worked on fatty acid biosynthesis.
Subsequently, Professor Roy taught at the Indian Institute of Technology, India, for four years as an Assistant Professor. During this time she worked actively on the production of biodegradable polymers from Streptomyces.
Professor Roy was at the University of Westminster from 2000 until August 2019, where she was the Research Director of the School of Life Sciences and lead the Applied Biotechnology Research Group.
She has published over 100 papers in high ‘Impact Factor’ journals such as Biomaterials, Biomacromolecules, Journal of Royal Society Interface, Acta Biomaterialia and ACS Applied Materials Interfaces, and has presented her work at numerous international conferences.
- Research interests
Natural Polymers of bacterial origin and their use in medical and environmentally friendly applications.
Her group is currently focussed on the production of novel Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), a group of FDA-approved natural polymers and their characterisation. She has pioneered the production of PHAs from Gram positive bacteria which lack immunogenic properties and hence are excellent materials for medical applications. Her group is involved in the application of PHAs in the area of hard tissue engineering, soft tissue engineering, wound healing, drug delivery and medical device development. She has also initiated work with bacterial cellulose and γ-polyglutamic acid, as natural polymers for biomedical applications. PHAs are also environmentally friendly polymers that are biodegradable both in the soil and in the sea. She has recently initiated work related to this aspect of PHAs.
Her work has been funded by the EPSRC, BHF, EU, DuPont, 3D BIONET (MRC), CYCLOPS (EPSRC) and WESTFOCUS, London. Professor Roy has been the scientific coordinator of two large EU projects REBIOSTENT, worth 4.9 million Euros with 14 consortium members and HYMEDPOLY, worth 3.5 million Euros with 12 consortium members. She was also the work package leader of another large EU FP7 project, NEURIMP, worth 4.4 million Euros with 8 consortium members.
Currently, she is work package leader in the H2020: BBI/JU project POLYBIOSKIN worth 3 million Euros with 12 consortium members. All four projects involve the use of PHAs for medical applications, drug eluting biodegradable stents, nerve guidance conduits, antibacterial polymers and wound healing. She is co-PI in the BHF funded Cardiovascular Regenerative Medicine Centre led by Imperial College London. She has received EPSRC funding for the development of smart wound healing patches (CYCLOPS) and drug eluting biodegradable stents.
She was awarded the ICURe, Innovation to Commercialisation, grant worth £34,905 from Innovate UK for exploring the commercial potential of Biobased Plastics for Medical Applications. She has an ongoing UKERI project on the development of a 3D disease model for cancer. She has been awarded a H2020: BBI/JU grant, ECOAT, where for the first time she will be exploring the green and environmentally friendly aspect of the PHAs and bacterial cellulose for the development of eco-sustainable multifunctional bio-based coatings with enhanced performance and end of life options. This project is worth 4.6 million and includes 16 partners.
Finally, her most recent grant is from the 3D BIONET and involves the development of 3D cardiac tissue model and includes mathematical modelling in collaboration with the University of Oxford and Imperial College London.
- Bacterial cellulose: A smart biomaterial with diverse applications. Materials Science and Engineering R Reports, 145, 100623.
- Preclinical study of peripheral nerve regeneration using nerve guidance conduits based on polyhydroxyalkanaotes. Bioengineering & Translational Medicine. View this article in WRRO
- Mussel Inspired Chemistry and Bacteria Derived Polymers for Oral Mucosal Adhesion and Drug Delivery. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 9, 663764.
- Immunomodulatory activity of electrospun polyhydroxyalkanoate fiber scaffolds incorporating olive leaf extract. Applied Sciences, 11(9). View this article in WRRO
- Antibacterial composite materials based on the combination of polyhydroxyalkanoates with selenium and strontium co-substituted hydroxyapatite for bone regeneration. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 9. View this article in WRRO
- Biomedical Applications of Bacteria-Derived Polymers.. Polymers (Basel), 13(7).
- Editorial : Advanced therapies for cardiac regeneration. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 9(1).
- Bioresorbable and Mechanically Optimized Nerve Guidance Conduit Based on a Naturally Derived Medium Chain Length Polyhydroxyalkanoate and Poly(ε-Caprolactone) Blend. ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, 7(2), 672-689.
- Physicochemical and biological characterisation of diclofenac oligomeric poly(3-hydroxyoctanoate) hybrids as β-TCP ceramics modifiers for bone tissue regeneration. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 21(24).
- Bacterial cellulose: Biosynthesis, production, and applications.
- Chemical modification of bacterial cellulose for the development of an antibacterial wound dressing. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 8.
- Biodegradable polymeric micro/nano-structures with intrinsic antifouling/antimicrobial properties: relevance in damaged skin and other biomedical applications. Journal of Functional Biomaterials, 11(3).
- Toward a closed loop, integrated biocompatible biopolymer wound dressing patch for detection and prevention of chronic wound infections. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 8.
- Functionalized tricalcium phosphate and poly(3-hydroxyoctanoate) derived composite scaffolds as platforms for the controlled release of diclofenac. Ceramics International.
- Cytocompatibility evaluation of a novel series of PEG-functionalized lactide-caprolactone copolymer biomaterials for cardiovascular applications. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 8. View this article in WRRO
- Comparison of the influence of 45S5 and Cu-containing 45S5 bioactive glass (BG) on the biological properties of novel polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA)/BG composites. Materials, 13(11). View this article in WRRO
- Activated polyhydroxyalkanoate meshes prevent bacterial adhesion and biofilm development in regenerative medicine applications. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 8. View this article in WRRO
- Antimicrobial materials with lime oil and a poly(3-hydroxyalkanoate) produced via valorisation of sugar cane molasses. Journal of Functional Biomaterials, 11(2). View this article in WRRO
- Picosecond laser ablation of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) : comparative study of neat and blended material response. Polymers, 12(1). View this article in WRRO
- Green composites of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) containing graphene nanoplatelets with desirable electrical conductivity and oxygen barrier properties. ACS Omega, 4(22), 19746-19755. View this article in WRRO
- A sustainable approach for the downstream processing of bacterial polyhydroxyalkanoates: State-of-the-art and latest developments. Biochemical Engineering Journal, 150, 107283-107283.
- Unidirectional neuronal cell growth and differentiation on aligned polyhydroxyalkanoate blend microfibres with varying diameters. Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, 13(9), 1581-1594. View this article in WRRO
- Esterase-Cleavable 2D Assemblies of Magnetic Iron Oxide Nanocubes: Exploiting Enzymatic Polymer Disassembling To Improve Magnetic Hyperthermia Heat Losses. Chemistry of Materials, 31(15), 5450-5463.
- Populated collagen hydrogel and polyhydroxyalkanoate composites: novel matrices for cartilage repair and regeneration?. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 27, S432-S433.
- Biosynthesis and characterization of a novel, biocompatible medium chain length polyhydroxyalkanoate by Pseudomonas mendocina CH50 using coconut oil as the carbon source. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine, 29(12).
- In Vivo Tracking and 1H/19F Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Biodegradable Polyhydroxyalkanoate/Polycaprolactone Blend Scaffolds Seeded with Labeled Cardiac Stem Cells. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 10(30), 25056-25068.
- Binary polyhydroxyalkanoate systems for soft tissue engineering. Acta Biomaterialia, 71, 225-234.
- Aligned nanofibres made of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) grafted to hyaluronan for potential healthcare applications. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine, 29(3).
- Poly(3-hydroxyoctanoate), a promising new material for cardiac tissue engineering. Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, 12(1), e495-e512.
- Production of a novel medium chain length poly(3‐hydroxyalkanoate) using unprocessed biodiesel waste and its evaluation as a tissue engineering scaffold. Microbial Biotechnology, 10(6), 1384-1399.
- Synthesis of graft copolymers based on hyaluronan and poly(3-hydroxyalkanoates). Carbohydrate Polymers, 171, 220-228.
- A strategy for dual biopolymer production of P(3HB) and γ-PGA. Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 92(7), 1548-1557.
- Highly elastomeric poly(3-hydroxyoctanoate) based natural polymer composite for enhanced keratinocyte regeneration. International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials, 66(7), 326-335.
- Making Nonwoven Fibrous Poly(ε-caprolactone) Constructs for Antimicrobial and Tissue Engineering Applications by Pressurized Melt Gyration. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 301(8), 922-934.
- Macromol. Mater. Eng. 8/2016. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, 301(8), 881-881.
- Composite scaffolds for cartilage tissue engineering based on natural polymers of bacterial origin, thermoplastic poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) and micro-fibrillated bacterial cellulose. Polymer International, 65(7), 780-791.
- Nanofibrous poly(3-hydroxybutyrate)/poly(3-hydroxyoctanoate) scaffolds provide a functional microenvironment for cartilage repair. Journal of Biomaterials Applications, 31(1), 77-91.
- Tuning core hydrophobicity of spherical polymeric nanoconstructs for docetaxel delivery. Polymer International, 65(7), 741-746.
- Novel poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) composite films containing bioactive glass nanoparticles for wound healing applications. Polymer International, 65(6), 661-674.
- P(3HB) Based Magnetic Nanocomposites: Smart Materials for Bone Tissue Engineering. Journal of Nanomaterials, 2016, 1-14.
- Dual production of biopolymers from bacteria. Carbohydrate Polymers, 126, 47-51.
- Advances in Drug Delivery. Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 90(7), 1167-1168.
- Polyhydroxyalkanoates, a family of natural polymers, and their applications in drug delivery. Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 90(7), 1209-1221.
- Nerve tissue engineering using blends of poly(3-hydroxyalkanoates) for peripheral nerve regeneration. Engineering in Life Sciences, 15(6), 612-621. View this article in WRRO
- Agro-Industrial Waste Materials as Substrates for the Production of Poly(3-Hydroxybutyric Acid). Journal of Biomaterials and Nanobiotechnology, 05(04), 229-240.
- Proteomics analysis of Bacillus licheniformis in response to oligosaccharides elicitors. Enzyme and Microbial Technology, 61-62, 61-66.
- Tetracycline-encapsulated P(3HB) microsphere-coated 45S5 Bioglass®-based scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine, 24(12), 2809-2817.
- Composite polymer-bioceramic scaffolds with drug delivery capability for bone tissue engineering. Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery, 10(10), 1353-1365.
- Evidence for the Involvement of Intracellular Ca2+ Ions in the Elicitation Mechanism of Bacillus Licheniformis. Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology, 23(6), 391-395.
- Polyhydroxyalkanoates: The Natural Polymers Produced by Bacterial Fermentation, 397-421.
- Novel Poly(3-hydroxyoctanoate)/Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) blends for medical applications. Reactive and Functional Polymers, 73(10), 1340-1348.
- Aspirin-loaded P(3HO)/P(3HB) blend films: potential materials for biodegradable drug-eluting stents. Bioinspired, Biomimetic and Nanobiomaterials, 2(3), 141-153.
- Novel Biodegradable and Biocompatible Poly(3-hydroxyoctanoate)/Bacterial Cellulose Composites. Advanced Engineering Materials, 14(6), B330-B343.
- Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) production by Bacillus cereus SPV using sugarcane molasses as the main carbon source. Biotechnology Journal, 7(2), 293-303.
- Polyhydroxyalkanoates: The emerging new green polymers of choice. RSC Green Chemistry, 79-101.
- Using electrophoretic deposition to identify protein charge in biological medium. Journal of Applied Electrochemistry, 41(8), 919-923.
- Poly-3-hydroxyoctanoate P(3HO), a Medium Chain Length Polyhydroxyalkanoate Homopolymer from Pseudomonas mendocina. Biomacromolecules, 12(6), 2126-2136.
- Enhanced intracellular Ca2+ concentrations in Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis after addition of oligosaccharide elicitors. Biotechnology Letters, 33(5), 985-991.
- Medium chain length polyhydroxyalkanoates, promising new biomedical materials for the future. Materials Science and Engineering: R: Reports, 72(3), 29-47.
- Imaging internal features of whole, unfixed bacteria. Scanning, 33(2), 59-68.
- Impact of linoleic acid supplementation on lovastatin production in Aspergillus terreus cultures. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 88(1), 65-73.
- Polyhydroxyalkanoates: bioplastics with a green agenda. Current Opinion in Microbiology, 13(3), 321-326.
- Biodegradable Polymers. Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 85(6), 731-731.
- Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) multifunctional composite scaffolds for tissue engineering applications. Biomaterials, 31(10), 2806-2815.
- Effect of nanoparticulate bioactive glass particles on bioactivity and cytocompatibility of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) composites. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 7(44), 453-465.
- Characterization of carbon nanotube (MWCNT) containing P(3HB)/bioactive glass composites for tissue engineering applications. Acta Biomaterialia, 6(3), 735-742.
- Multi-functional P(3HB) microsphere/45S5 Bioglass®-based composite scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. Acta Biomaterialia, 6(7), 2773-2786.
- Electrospun nanofibrous biodegradable polyester coatings on Bioglass®-based glass-ceramics for tissue engineering. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 118(2-3), 420-426.
- In vitrobiocompatibility of 45S5 Bioglass®-derived glass-ceramic scaffolds coated with poly(3-hydroxybutyrate). Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, 3(2), 139-148.
- Quantitative PCR study on the mode of action of oligosaccharide elicitors on penicillin G production by Penicillium chrysogenum. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 107(4), 1131-1139.
- Effect of Impeller Speed and pH on the Production of Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) Using Bacillus cereus SPV. Biomacromolecules, 10(4), 691-699.
- Incorporation of vitamin E in poly(3hydroxybutyrate)/Bioglass composite films: effect on surface properties and cell attachment. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 6(33), 401-409.
- Elicitation effects of oligosaccharides on the transcriptional level of bacitracin ABC transporter genes in Bacillus licheniformis. Biotechnology Letters, 30(9), 1665-1670.
- Polyhydroxyalkanoate biosynthesis in Bacillus cereus SPV under varied limiting conditions and an insight into the biosynthetic genes involved. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 104(6), 1624-1635.
- Comparison of nanoscale and microscale bioactive glass on the properties of P(3HB)/Bioglass® composites. Biomaterials, 29(12), 1750-1761.
- Metabolite profiles of interacting mycelial fronts differ for pairings of the wood decay basidiomycete fungus, Stereum hirsutum with its competitors Coprinus micaceus and Coprinus disseminatus. Metabolomics, 4(1), 52-62.
- Optimisation of β-glucuronidase production from a newly isolated Ganoderma applanatum. Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic, 50(2-4), 114-120.
- Large-scale production and efficient recovery of PHB with desirable material properties, from the newly characterised Bacillus cereus SPV. Journal of Biotechnology, 132(3), 251-258.
- Biodegradable polymer coated 45S5 Bioglass-derived glass-ceramic scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. Glass Technology: European Journal of Glass Science and Technology Part A, 48(5), 227-234.
- Effect of oligosaccharide elicitors on bacitracin A production and evidence of transcriptional level control. Journal of Biotechnology, 131(4), 397-403.
- Fabrication and Characterization of Biodegradable Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) Composite Containing Bioglass. Biomacromolecules, 8(7), 2112-2119.
- Novel application of oligosaccharides as elicitors for the enhancement of bacitracin A production in cultures of Bacillus licheniformis. Enzyme and Microbial Technology, 40(6), 1518-1523.
- Polyhydroxyalkanoates: biodegradable polymers with a range of applications. Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 82(3), 233-247.
- Poly(3- hydroxybutyrate)/Bioglass®composite films containing carbon nanotubes. Nanotechnology, 18(7), 075701-075701.
- Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biosynthesis from structurally unrelated carbon sources by a newly characterized Bacillus spp.. Journal of Biotechnology, 127(3), 475-487.
- Polyhydroxyalkanoates in Gram-positive bacteria: insights from the genera Bacillus and Streptomyces. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, 91(1), 1-17.
- Biomedical applications of polyhydroxyalkanoates, an overview of animal testing andin vivoresponses. Expert Review of Medical Devices, 3(6), 853-868.
- Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA)/Inorganic Phase Composites for Tissue Engineering Applications. Biomacromolecules, 7(8), 2249-2258.
- Cross-linked alginate–guar gum beads as fluidized bed affinity media for purification of jacalin. Biochemical Engineering Journal, 23(3), 193-198.
- Purification and characterization of a solvent stable protease from Pseudomonas aeruginosa PseA. Journal of Chromatography A, 1069(2), 155-161.
- Hydrolysis of starch by a mixture of glucoamylase and pullulanase entrapped individually in calcium alginate beads. Enzyme and Microbial Technology, 34(1), 26-32.
- Smart Biocatalysts: Design and Applications, 159-189.
- A possible role of poly-3-hydroxybuiyric acid in antibiotic production inStreptomyces. Archives of Microbiology, 179(1), 66-69.
- Phosphorylation of the Periplasmic Binding Protein in Two Transport Systems for Arginine Incorporation in Escherichia coli K-12 Is Unrelated to the Function of the Transport System. Journal of Bacteriology, 180(18), 4828-4833.
- A methylmalonyl-CoA mutase in Escherichia coli?. Protein Engineering, 10(3333), 68.
- The masked cysteine residues in methylmalonyl-CoA mutase fromPropionibacterium shermaniiare essential for catalytic activity. FEBS Letters, 394(2), 126-128.
- Physical map location of the new Escherichia coli gene sbm.. Journal of Bacteriology, 174(17), 5763-5764.
- Uncovering the Magnetic Particle Imaging and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Features of Iron Oxide Nanocube Clusters. Nanomaterials, 11(1), 62-62.
- Natural Biomaterials for Cardiac Tissue Engineering: A Highly Biocompatible Solution. Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine, 7.
- Strategies for Large-scale Production of Polyhydroxyalkanoates. Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Quarterly, 29(2), 157-172.
- Controlled Delivery of Gentamicin Using Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) Microspheres. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 12(7), 4294-4314. View this article in WRRO
- The Influence of Tetracycline Loading on the Surface Morphology and Biocompatibility of Films Made from P(3HB) Microspheres. Advanced Engineering Materials, 12(7), B260-B268.
- Production of polyhydroxyalkanoates: the future green materials of choice. Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 85(6), 732-743.
- In vitro production of polyhydroxyalkanoates: achievements and applications. Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology, 85(6), 760-767.
- Modulation of neuronal cell affinity of composites scaffolds based on polyhydroxyalkanoates and bioactive glasses. Biomedical Materials. View this article in WRRO
- Electrosprayed Chitin Nanofibril/Electrospun Polyhydroxyalkanoate Fiber Mesh as Functional Nonwoven for Skin Application. Journal of Functional Biomaterials, 11(3), 62-62.
- Polyhydroxyalkanoates, Their Processing and Biomedical Applications, The Handbook of Polyhydroxyalkanoates (pp. 255-284). CRC Press
- Cellulose-Based Hydrogels for Wound Healing, Polymers and Polymeric Composites: A Reference Series (pp. 1131-1148). Springer International Publishing
- Chapter 10 Inhibition of Aggregation of Mutant Huntingtin by Nucleic Acid Aptamers In Vitro and in a Yeast Model of Huntington’s Disease, Gene Therapy in Neurological Disorders (pp. 207-228).
- Inhibition of Aggregation of Mutant Huntingtin by Nucleic Acid Aptamers In Vitro and in a Yeast Model of Huntington’s Disease, Gene Therapy in Neurological Disorders (pp. 207-228). Elsevier
- Cellulose-Based Hydrogels for Wound Healing, Polymers and Polymeric Composites: A Reference Series (pp. 1-18). Springer International Publishing
- Knowledge Spillovers Through FDI and Trade: The Moderating Role of Quality-Adjusted Human Capital, Foundations of Economic Change (pp. 357-391). Springer International Publishing
- Natural bacterial biodegradable medical polymers, Science and Principles of Biodegradable and Bioresorbable Medical Polymers (pp. 257-277). Elsevier
- 8 Natural bacterial biodegradable medical polymers Polyhydroxyalkanoates, Science and Principles of Biodegradable and Bioresorbable Medical Polymers (pp. 257-277).
- Polyhydroxyalkanoates: A new generation of biotechnologically produced biodegradable polymers, Biodegradable Materials: Production, Properties and Applications (pp. 173-215).
- Polyhydroxyalkanoates: A new generation of biotechnologically produced biodegradable polymers, Biotechnology: Research, Technology and Applications (pp. 1-46).
- Affinity-Based Separation: An Overview, Methods for Affinity-Based Separations of Enzymes and Proteins (pp. 1-15). Birkhäuser Basel
- Macroaffinity Ligands in Bioseparation, Methods for Affinity-Based Separations of Enzymes and Proteins (pp. 130-147). Birkhäuser Basel
- Biomedical Applications of Polyhydroxyalkanoates, Biomaterials from Nature for Advanced Devices and Therapies (pp. 337-383). John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Conference proceedings papers
- Polyhydroxyalkanoates: A family of natural polymers, for medical implant development and disease modelling. Transactions of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Biomaterials and the Annual International Biomaterials Symposium, Vol. 40 (pp 760)
- Polyhydroxyalkanoates, ideal materials for cardiac regeneration. Transactions of the Annual Meeting of the Society for Biomaterials and the Annual International Biomaterials Symposium, Vol. 40 (pp 442)
- Nerve Tissue Engineering using Blends of Polyhydroxyalkanoates for Peripheral Nerve Regeneration. TISSUE ENGINEERING PART A, Vol. 21 (pp S325-S325)
- PERIPHERAL NERVE REGENERATION USING BLENDS OF POLYHYDROXYALKANOATES. JOURNAL OF THE PERIPHERAL NERVOUS SYSTEM, Vol. 20(2) (pp 185-185)
- Novel Cardiac Patch Development Using Natural Biopolymers (pp 159-175)
- Advances in PHAs production. Chemical Engineering Transactions, Vol. 32 (pp 931-936)
- The homopolymer poly(3-hydroxyoctanoate) as a matrix material for soft tissue engineering. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Vol. 122(6) (pp 3606-3617)
- Production of medium chain length polyhydroxyalkanoates in recombinant Bacillus subtilis. 24th European Conference on Biomaterials - Annual Conference of the European Society for Biomaterials
- Production of polyhydroxyalkanoates by pseudomonas mendocina using vegetable oils as the sole carbon source. 24th European Conference on Biomaterials - Annual Conference of the European Society for Biomaterials
- Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA)/Bacterial Cellulose composites for biomedical applications. 24th European Conference on Biomaterials - Annual Conference of the European Society for Biomaterials
- Fabrication of a novel poly(3-hydroxyoctanoate) ∕ nanoscale bioactive glass composite film with potential as a multifunctional wound dressing. V INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TIMES OF POLYMERS (TOP) AND COMPOSITES
- Optimisation of bioglass®-derived scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. 8th World Biomaterials Congress 2008, Vol. 3 (pp 1262)
- Nano- versus micron-sized bioactive glass reinforcement of P(3HB) - Are nano-fillers the way forward?. 8th World Biomaterials Congress 2008, Vol. 2 (pp 863)
- Research group
- Isabel Orlando (submitted) Novel hydrogel-based hybrid antibacterial polymers for wound healing applications (University of Westminster)
- Sheila Piarali (submitted) Novel Antibacterial Agents for Innovative Antibacterial Polymers (University of Westminster)
- Alexandra Paxinou (in progress) Novel Antibacterial Polymers of Natural Origin (University of Westminster)
- Elena Marcello (in progress) PHA based Antibacterial Polymers for Tissue Engineering (University of Westminster)
- Qasim Majid (in progress) PHA based regeneration of cardiac tissue (Second Supervisor, in collaboration with Professor Sian Harding, Imperial College London)
- Maria Leite (in progress) The Biology of the surface of Mars (Second Supervisor, in collaboration with Professor Lewis Dartnell, University of Westminster)
- Rebecca Barthenilla Garcia (in progress) Production of PHAs using sustainable biomass (Second Supervisor, in collaboration with Professor Lewis Dartnell, University of Westminster)
- Anabelle Fricker (University of Sheffield)
- Emmanuel Asare (University of Sheffield)
- Teaching interests
- Organic Chemistry
- Molecular Biology
- Tissue Engineering
- Regenerative Medicine
- Drug Delivery
- Professional activities
- Editor of the Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology (JCTB)
- Previously special editor of two In Focus Issues of JCTB on Biodegradable polymers and Controlled Drug Delivery
- Grant reviewing panels for:
- Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
- Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
- Austrian Science Fund (Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung, FWF), Austria
- National Natural Science Foundation of China
- European Social Fund
- Best Chemistry Undergraduate Student Award, St. Stephen's College, 1984, 1985, 1986
- Professor Seshadri Prize for being the best candidate in the BSc (Hons) Chemistry, University of Delhi, 1986
- Best Biotechnology Masters Student Award, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, 1988
- Overseas Research Studentship from the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals, UK, 1989-1991
- The Inlaks Scholarship, India, for doctoral studies at Cambridge, 1989-1990
- Churchill College Scholarship, University of Cambridge, UK, 1991
- Lundgren Scholarship, University of Cambridge, UK, 1992
- Leche Trust Scholarship, London, UK, 1992
- Cambridge University Philosophical Society Fellowship Award, Cambridge, UK, 1992
- Nominated member of the New York Academy of Sciences in recognition of research activities, 1997