Tissue Engineering

Tissue engineering research at Sheffield is working towards a number of targets including skin, nerve, cartilage, bone, cornea, urethra and oral mucosa. These are important for clinical applications, as well as providing proof-of-concept for engineering more complex tissues.

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  • Professor Sheila MacNeil, Professor of Tissue Engineering, focuses on the engineering of skin and epithelial tissues.
  • Professor John Haycock, Professor of Bioengineering, focuses on peripheral nerve and skin engineering and inflammatory responses.
  • Professor John Harding, Professor of Materials Simulation, uses atomic scale computer simulation to understand how molecules can control mineral growth and influence properties.
  • Dr Frederik Claeyssens, Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials, has research expertise which focuses mainly on laser processing of biomaterials, and its applications.
  • Dr Gwen Reilly, Senior Lecturer in Tissue Engineering, has expertise in the mechanical conditioning of musculoskeletal tissues and adult stem cell differentiation.
  • Dr Chris Holland is an EPSRC Early Career Fellow who uses silk as a model system to better understand processing of naturally sourced materials into controlled structures. His expertise lies within the areas of evolutionary biology and thermomechanical and spectroscopic analysis of polymers.
  • Dr Vanessa Hearnden is a Lecturer in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, whose research focuses on tissue engineering as a tool to both understand the fundamentals of disease processes and to develop novel diagnostic and treatment strategies.
  • Dr Nicola Green is a Research Fellow in Materials Science and Engineering whose research focuses on tissue engineering of soft tissues, with particular emphasis upon the oeosphagus.

Tissue Engineering