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My research career has focused on investigating the use of diamond as a biomaterial for neurodegenerative disease investigation. After completing a degree in Chemistry from the University of Bristol, I was granted PhD funding from the EU to perform a PhD in Bioengineering within the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN) and the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (GOS ICH),University College London (UCL). The focus of my PhD was investigating the interaction of human Neural Stem Cells (hNSCs) with diamond for neural implant applications. I received my PhD, entitled ‘Diamond for Stem Cell Biotechnology’, in 2016.
In 2017 I was awarded a Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship to conduct research at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), Japan. The fellowship title was ‘3D structured diamond for neural tissue engineering applications’, and I was successful in 3D printing diamond for the first time.
I have been invited to present my research at international conferences and I have award-winning publications in journals including the Journal of Neural Engineering and Nature Scientific Reports. My current interests lie at the intersection of biology, engineering and design.