Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Group


BTEC at UCL was set up to facilitate the increasing interdisciplinary nature of research and teaching involving basic scientists, materials scientists, engineers, and clinicians. It has been strengthened by collaboration with Oxford University, Imperial College, University of Cambridge and Manchester University, as well as international collaborations in Austria, Netherlands, France, Japan, South Africa, Iran and USA.

The Centre itself is equipped with “state-of-the-art” facilities, including automatic peptide synthesiser, HPLC, computerised rheometer / viscometer, mechanical tester for polymer assessment, three cell culture laboratories, flow heart valve haemodynamic facilities with a Duplex ultrasound wall tracking system to monitor flow, shear rate, and velocity profile,. Recently a dedicated facility for development and synthesis of nanocomposites (NC) has been established (The Advanced Nanocomposites Laboratory).

Recently, BTEC has been extensively involved with research into design, development and the testing of medical devices from lab to in vivo, clinical trial and commercialised.

The following devices are at the development stage:

  • Coronary artery by-pass graft
  • Stents, including coronary artery and for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
  • Percutaneous Heart
  • Breast implant
  • Tissue engineering liver
  • Tissue engineering small intestine
  • Tissue engineering cartilage, skin engineering, capillary bed for plastic surgery.

BTEC staff at UCL include:

  • Head of BTEC - Prof Alexander M. Seifalian
  • Prof. Marc Winslet
  • Prof. George Hamilton
  • Prof. Barry Fuller
  • Prof. Brian Davidson
  • Mr Peter Butler
  • Mr Arnold Darbyshire
  • Dr Asmeret Kidane
  • Dr Bala Ramesh
  • Dr Shiyu Yang
  • Dr Kevin Sales
  • Mr Geoff Punshon