Thank you for visiting our website. Our group, which spans Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Bioengineering is very interdisciplinary and focused on translational research – an important theme of the University of Sheffield. Our research spans blue skies research into new techniques, including imaging, working with colleagues in evaluating new chemicals, novel tissue engineering of scaffolds, development of tissue engineered models, right through to taking biomaterials and tissue engineered products to clinical translation and commercialisation.
Several members of our group are engaged in international collaborations with India and Pakistan to develop biomaterials and tissue engineering solutions to translate through to affordable healthcare solutions.
Within the University of Sheffield members of the group work with colleagues in Chemistry, developing new fluorescent agents, new antimicrobial peptides and hydrogels and with colleagues in Medicine and Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences. Commonly PhD students will find themselves working between two departments gaining valuable experience in interdisciplinary research in a supportive atmosphere.
This year’s Annual Meeting of the White Rose Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Group (BiTEG) was held on the 16th December at the University of York. Postgraduate Researchers, Betül Aldemir Dikici and Serkan Dikici, from Sheffield Biomaterials and Bioengineering group at the Kroto Research Institute shared their research BiTEG 2019 with poster and oral presentations. Betül … Continue reading “Best poster and presentation awards for biomaterials students at the Annual BiTEG Meeting in York”MORE INFORMATION
Development of a novel in vitro 3D dynamic model that enables researchers to study angiogenesis under physiologically more relevant conditions
Betül Aldemir and Serkan Dikici, bioengineers who are currently doing their PhDs under Dr Frederik Claeyssens and Prof Sheila MacNeil’ supervision, respectively, have recently joined Balcells Lab located at Institute for Medical Engineering and Science, MIT, Boston, USA for 6 months to developed a novel in vitro 3D dynamic model that enables researchers to study … Continue reading “Development of a novel in vitro 3D dynamic model that enables researchers to study angiogenesis under physiologically more relevant conditions”MORE INFORMATION
Developing synthetic materials for treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in women: lessons learnt from the mesh experience
Dr Naside Mangir, a clinical urologist who has just completed her PhD in Prof MacNeil’s group, looked back more than 50 years to try to explain why a material, polypropylene, has led to severe complications when it has been used in woman to support prolapsed pelvic organs. Polypropylene has been used successfully in the treatment … Continue reading “Developing synthetic materials for treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse in women: lessons learnt from the mesh experience”MORE INFORMATION
Meshes used for urinary incontinence and pelvic repair must endure decades of distension caused by everyday activities such as laughing or sneezing. Testing mechanical properties is vital during material selection for implantation in the pelvic floor. In this study, Prof Sheila MacNeil´s group describe a simple methodology to test the fatigue behaviour of several pelvic … Continue reading “Accelerated fatigue testing for assessing materials for pelvic floor repair”MORE INFORMATION
Past consensus in the silk community has been that spinning silk is hard – in particular, that it is a matter of how hard. Others have suggested that spinning silk is simply a matter of speed, but our recent work tells us that we need to throw time into the mix. Taking inspiration from the Olympic … Continue reading “Spinning silk needs Work!”MORE INFORMATION