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Research Group: Bioengineering

Research Group: Bioengineering

We work with our Medical School, the NHS and leading medical charities.

Our areas of specialist expertise are wide and varied. They range from biomechanical modelling and motion analysis to nanotechnology and biofabrication.

Bioengineering students

Biotribology

The word ‘tribology’ comes from the Greek ‘tribos’ which means ‘to rub’. Tribology is the science which relates to friction, lubrication and wear.

Biotribology concerns the application of tribology to the human body.

Natural joints, such as those in our hips, knees and fingers are wonderful pieces of engineering. They can sustain high loads with low levels of friction. To a certain extent, they are self-healing. They function superbly for tens of decades while undertaking tens of millions of cycles of operation.

When they do go wrong, it is often due to common diseases such as osteoarthritis. Bioengineers and orthopaedic surgeons can help by replacing damaged joints with artificial ones.

There have been millions of artificial hip and knee joint implants. The vast majority perform very well, often for the lifetime of the patient. But when they go wrong, they need to be replaced. This means the patient will undergo a second major operation with all the associated trauma and costs.

Biofabrication

We make new combinations of cells, biomaterials, proteins and other biomolecules. We explore their use in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and medical modelling applications. We use 3D printing, cell deposition and a range of other techniques.

We use techniques for printing and depositing cells. We incorporate them into biomaterial structures. We use a range of processes for creating hard, soft and functionally gradient structures.

The video below illustrates one of our previous bioprinting projects, which evaluated the use of 3D bioprinting for the treatment of Type 1 diabetes:

Teaching

Taught Programmes

From day one, our Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Programmes give students a path to become a professional engineer addressing major global challenges.

Our Mechanical Engineering Postgraduate Taught (MSc) Programmes equip students with the advanced skills and expertise to help shape the world. 

In addition, group members collaborate with the Medical School to offer the one year Masters by Research (MRes) degree in Biofabrication and Bioprinting.

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