Biomedical Science and Engineering

Biomedical science and engineering uses engineering methodologies to improve knowledge and understanding of biological processes and develop technologies that can benefit clinical practice.

Our expertise encompasses the material characterisation of biological tissue (eye globe, muscles and tendons, bone structure, skin) both at the macro- and micro-levels. Our interdisciplinary research team also has expertise in the numerical simulation of the mechanical behaviour of organs, the analysis of clinically-obtained organ topographies, the development of medical devices (ophthalmology) and patient-specific planning tools.

Bio mechanical engineering

Bionanotechnology

Biomaterials research aims to identify materials or coatings which can be used to replace, repair, augment and /or regenerate tissues and organs of a body.

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Biointeractions

We work to optimise the clinical performance of long-lasting implantable medical devices and tissue engineering products by manipulating biointeractions at the molecular and cellular level.

By fostering collaborations between engineers, biologists, physicists, chemists and material scientists, we offer an innovative environment for determining how the surfaces of materials and their modification can interact with and control biological systems.

Tissue engineering

Our expertise in tissue engineering has been applied to the development of 3D scaffolds suitable for implantation or for use in vitro tissue analagoues, the design of annular flow bioreactors, the isolation and enrichment of stem cell populations, and the control of stem cell phenotypes.

Biophysics

We also work on the physical and electronic structure of interfaces which are important in biology and tissue engineering. We have access to the ALICE accelerator at Daresbury Laboratory, which offers the most intense source of broad-band terahertz radiation in Europe and is the only accelerator equipped with a tissue culture facility for research on live human tissue.

Additive Manufacturing and Medical Engineering

Liverpool is an international leader in the field of additive manufacturing (AM) working on both AM equipment development and the production processes for the manufacture of implants.

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Academic lead: Dr. Chris Sutcliffe

We work with the international leaders in orthopaedic implant manufacturing and world renowned Metrology/AM equipment manufacturers to develop our ideas from laboratory to fabrication.

We have expertise in advanced machining, laser engineering, laser materials processing, materials characterisation and analysis, process modelling, computational engineering, control and automation, and product design and development.

We are also a partner in The EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing. A new nucleus of research activity focused on next generation multifunctional Additive Manufacturing (AM) technology.