I am Associate Professor in Regenerative Medicine and Drapers Teaching Fellow at the Institute of Bioengineering, Queen Mary University of London.
In my research role, I lead the musculoskeletal research group which aims to identify therapeutics that slow down inflammation and repair tissues in osteoarthritis. Thousands of people in the UK undertake knee replacement surgery at the Royal London Hospital and are participating in our research, which has been highly successful in identifying new molecules and mechanisms that cause osteoarthritis. I serve on the editorial board and referee panel for several journals (eg. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage, Plus One) and charities (Arthritis Research UK, AO Foundation) and I am a member of the prestigious Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) and Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI). I have been invited to contribute to seminars, review articles and expert opinions by journals including Arthritis or Osteoarthritis and Cartilage and attracted funding worth £1.5M, through ongoing collaborations with Malaysia, USA and Europe.
My research in osteoarthritis funded by the AO Foundation has been nominated for the 2015 Berton Rahn Research Fund Prize Award and was filmed by Faculti.
In my teaching role, I am responsible for organising six modules at the School of Engineering and Material Science (SEMS). I am Programme Director for the intercalated BSc in Biomedical Engineering and Clinical Materials which attracts medical students (MBBS) from the School of Medicine and Dentistry or elsewhere.
In teaching innovations, I have been awarded several prizes (eg. 2010 Drapers Award, Finalist for 2013 S-Lab award, shortlisted for the 2014 THE award) and project grants totalling £200K in developing platforms to support teaching enhancements (eg. Student Experience Investment Fund, Westfield Trust, EPSRC Innovation Fund, Royal Society).
For example, I developed the 3D virtual science lab in collaboration with Solvexx (Learnexx 3D) and I was shortlisted for the 2014 Times Higher Education awards www.qmul.ac.uk/media/news/items/138799.html
I have also made podcasts that help young people improve their skills in writing STEM research/technology driven documents suitable for university and industry. This educational activity was part of the STEM wishees project funded by JISC.
In activities involving science communication and public engagement, I am committed to the development of learning technologies and communicate STEM with an emphasis on cross-disciplinary research to broader audiences as well as the general public (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2z6ISAFjnE4). The virtual science lab is a good example of how I have improved the efficiency of learning and transformed the student experience.
I have two beautiful girls age 2 and 6. See if you can spot the baby hiding in the photos below!