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Biomaterials and tissue engineering

PGR-RA-65

Expertise of research area
biomaterial; biomaterials and tissue engineering; dental teaching; dentistry; tissue regeneration


<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Within the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Research Group we aim to target the repair, regeneration or replacement of skeletal tissues. The group's interests lie primarily, but not exclusively, in bone, cartilage, teeth and complex tissue.

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<p>Research strands within the group encompass:</p> <ul> <li>biomaterial development and characterisation (both traditional dental materials and also scaffolds/constructs for tissue engineering)</li> <li>interactions between biomaterials and cells in vitro and in vivo using a range of animal models</li> <li>comparison of different stem cell populations and the way they respond to environmental triggers such as cytokines and mechanical stimuli</li> <li>molecular mechanisms of ageing</li> <li>non-viral gene therapy for osteochondral tissue engineering.</li> </ul> <p>Responding to clinical need within our School, we are focussed on the maxillofacial and cranial regions of the skeleton, although the approaches we use are transferable to the broader orthopaedic and wound care environment. We are committed to ultimately seeing the translation of our research through to the clinic.</p> <h2>Collaborations and partnerships</h2> <p>We have developed effective research collaborations and knowledge sharing partnerships within a number of related organisations and bodies, both within the wider University and externally in the UK and internationally. In particular, we are&nbsp;heavily involved with the Clothworkers&rsquo; Centre for Textile Materials Innovation for Healthcare.&rsquo;</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>To submit an application in this research area please complete an <a href="https://studentservices.leeds.ac.uk/pls/banprod/bwskalog_uol.P_DispLoginNon" target="_blank">online application form</a>&nbsp;and submit this alongside a research proposal, a full academic CV, degree transcripts (or marks so far if still studying) and degree certificates. If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the Faculty&rsquo;s minimum <a href="https://medicinehealth.leeds.ac.uk/faculty-graduate-school/doc/entry-requirements-1)" target="_blank">English language requirements</a>.</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information please contact the Graduate School Office<br /> e:&nbsp;<a data-auth="NotApplicable" href="mailto:fmhpgradmissions@leeds.ac.uk" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">fmhpgradmissions@leeds.ac.uk</a>, t: +44 (0)113 343 8221.</p>


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