Dr Atikah Haneef MChem (Honours), PhD

EPSRC-UKRI Innovations Research Fellow Eye & Vision Sciences


Personal Statement

I am an EPSRC-UKRI Innovations Research Fellow, working on the project titled Novel Bioengineering for Auto-Integration of Advanced Cell Delivery Substrates.

My background is in Chemistry and my is PhD in Biomedical Materials, both graduated from the University of Manchester. My PhD involved developing a novel electrospun substrate as a cell delivery scaffold for delivery into the eye. Immediately after my PhD I worked in industry in a medical device development company based at the Manchester Science Park, as a Clinical Research Fellow (Product Technologist). After moving back into academia I worked on developing a novel eye treatment for keratoconus as my first postdoctoral research associate position.

Since then I have successfully been awarded funding for my own research fellowship by the EPSRC, working on novel innovative interdisciplinary research. I now am working on my own research as Primary Investigator developing a novel medical implant for the eye. During this fellowship I will be working closely with the industrial and clinical sectors to develop the implant. I am looking forward to working on my own research and leading my own multidisciplinary research team.

Prizes or Honours

  • Winner (AUD$ 1000) for Presentation at Anterior Segment for "Development of a Novel Chemical Cross-linker for the Treatment of Keratoconus". (ARVO-Asia Translational Vision Summit, 2017)

Other Personal Distinctions

  • Outstanding Contribution to Public Engagement as a Member of the Postgraduate Outreach Team (Insititute of Ageing and Chronic Disease) (University of Liverpool, Staff Awards, 2017)