Cathy Ye
BEng DPhil
Associate Professor of Engineering Science
Director, Oxford Centre for Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing (OCTEB)
Fellow of Linacre College
Tel: 01865 617689
College: Linacre College
Location: Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Old Road Campus Research Building, Oxford OX3 7DQ

Professor Hua (Cathy) Ye recieved her BEng in Chemical Engineering from Dalian University of Technology, China. She graduated with a DPhil in Biochemical Engineering from University College, Oxford in 2005.

Cathy was a Post-doctoral Research Assistant at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, before taking up her post at Oxford as University Lecturer in Engineering Science and Fellow of Linacre College.

Within the broad research area of tissue engineering and stem cell technologies, Cathy’s specific research interests lie in three interconnected areas: in vitro cancer model, biomaterials and bioreactor for tissue engineering and stem cell expansion.

  • Engineering human neural networks (BBSRC for 5 years)
  • Development of a smart bioreactor for mammalian adherent cell expansion for application to cell therapy –  Grant (EPSRC First Grant (EP/H021442/1) from 1st Jan 2010 for two years)
  • Development of bone-cartilage interface (EPSRC Studentship)
  • Development of in vitro three-dimensional tumour models – a feasibility study (John Fell Fund, University of Oxford from 1st Oct 2008 for 18 months)

There are PhD projects available for interested candidates within the group research activities. Informal inquiries can be directed to Dr Cathy Ye. However, PhD applications have to be done through the university website.


  • C10 Biosystem Modelling
  • C23/BME2 Tissue Engineering
  • B17/BME1 Biomechanics

Lab organisation

  • Tissue Engineering Lab for MSc in Biomedical Engineering
  • Biochemical Engineering Coursework Module
  • Cell characterisation for Centre for Doctoral Training in Healthcare Innovation
Fabrication of fibrin/polyvinyl alcohol scaffolds for skin tissue engineering via emulsion templating
Zhou G,  Zhu J,  Inverarity C,  Fang Y,  Zhang Z,  Ye H,  Cui Z,  Nguyen L,  Wan H,  Dye JF,  et al. (2023)
Action of the general anaesthetic isoflurane reveals coupling between viscoelasticity and electrophysiological activity in individual neurons
Adam C,  Kayal C,  Ercole A,  Antoranz Contera S,  Ye H,  Jérusalem A,  et al. (2023)
Development and Optimisation of Hydrogel Scaffolds for Microvascular Network Formation.
Fuenteslópez CV,  Thompson MS,  Ye H,  et al. (2023)
Increased connectivity of hiPSC-derived neural networks in multiphase granular hydrogel scaffolds
Hsu C-C,  George JH,  Waller S,  Besnard C,  Nagel DA,  Hill EJ,  Coleman MD,  Korsunsky AM,  Cui Z,  Ye H,  et al. (2022)
Combination of stem cell therapy and acupuncture to treat ischemic stroke: a prospective review
Jia H,  He J,  Zhao L,  Hsu C-C,  Zhao X,  Du Y,  Han L,  Cui Z,  Shi X,  Ye H,  et al. (2022)
Reprogramming Synthetic Cells for Targeted Cancer Therapy
Lim B,  Yin Y,  Ye H,  Cui Z,  Papachristodoulou A,  Huang WE,  et al. (2022)
A versatile embedding medium for freeform bioprinting with multi-crosslinking methods
Li Q,  Jiang Z,  Ma L,  Yin J,  Gao Z,  Shen L,  Yang H,  Cui Z,  Ye H,  Zhou H,  et al. (2022)