16th & 17th January 2019
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Biomaterials for tissue engineering research

Explore how our research helps in tissue regeneration

We work on engineered novel bio-polymers made with natural substances or of synthetic nature so they can become responsive materials that are liquid at room temperature and turn to gels in the body. These gels are formulated to carry human cells and instruct them to regenerate tissues such as bone and cartilage. In this field, we work closely with mechanical engineers to study the mechanical properties of healthy tissues and better mimic them with our materials that work as scaffolds for tissue engineering. This collaboration also extends to additive manufacturing such as 3D printing and other manufacturing techniques such as electrospinning.

Through collaboration with industry, we work at developing products that will be used in the repair of damaged tissue, in particular cartilage, bone, tendons and muscles.
Our work is supported by a number of industrial partners that include small and medium size companies in the area of biomaterials and tissue engineering, and bigger pharmaceutical companies.

Current research topics

  • Biomimetic scaffolds for tissue regeneration
  • Electrospun scaffolds for regeneration of the muscle-tendon junction
  • Synthesis of biomimetic hydroxyapatite for bone regeneration applications
  • Development of antibacterial polymers and composite materials to combat biofilm formation


  • NTL Biologica
  • Biocera
  • Haleon
  • GSK
  • University of Sassari, Italy
  • Technology University of Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Publications highlights

Research groups

Our members

Marta Roldo Portrait

Dr Marta Roldo

Associate Professor in Biomaterials


School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Faculty of Science and Health

PhD Supervisor

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Discover our areas of expertise

Biomaterials for tissue engineering is one of areas of expertise in the Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Biomedical Sciences research area. Explore the others here.


We develop novel technologies for disease diagnosis at an early pre-symptomatic stage using a synergistic combination of gold nanostructures and unique Raman spectroscopic techniques

Femtosecond Laser Ablation (LA) and Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) system
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Nanomaterials for Drug and Gene Delivery

We're helping to create targeted, safe and effective medicines to positively impact patients' lives.

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Theory, Modelling and Drug Design

Discover how our research identifies new drug molecules and improves drug design

SHSSW photo shoot, November 2018
Nursing, Operating Department Practice (ODP) and Paramedic Science students.
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Pharmacy Practice

We're working to improve the practices, selection, use and disposal of pharmaceuticals to protect the environment, and we're promoting the vital role pharmacists can play in delivering better care to patients.

Close up of nursing student handling pharmaceuticals
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Interested in a PhD in Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Biomedical Sciences?

Browse our postgraduate research degrees – including PhDs and MPhils – at our Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Biomedical Sciences postgraduate research degrees page.