Research Areas

Research activities in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (TERM) have been focusing on providing enabling technologies for regenerative medicine, including industrial scale cell/tissue culture in vitro, implantable biomaterials and processing, bio-manufacture of cellular therapeutics, and supply chain of living cells and tissues. We closely collaborate with clinicians in neural stem cell therapy, skin care and chronic wound healing, and orthopaedics.

In bio-design and bioprocessing, a particular interest is to develop platform technologies for molecular diagnostics. Working with colleagues in the Department of Engineering and the Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research, we have developed the third generation of loop mediated isothermal amplification technology (OxLAMP ® ) that is successfully used for rapid detection of Covid-19. The technology had been developed to detect other infectious diseases and cancers for point of care tests.

3DMed aims to improve the affordability and large-scale accessibility of medical treatment using 3D printed devices. The objectives are to streamline the various steps of the 3D manufacturing process and integrate the data flows with pre-planning and post-operatory evaluation; to advance the technology readiness level of metallic, composite and polymeric 3D printed medical devices; and to demonstrate the superior performance and ascertain the clinical benefits of the 3D printed medical devices developed in 3DMed.
3DMed Interreg 2 Seas Consortium

Accurate screening and early diagnosis have long been crucial components of the battle to reduce the burden of cancer morbidity and mortality. For example, 9 out of 10 cases of colorectal cancer can be treated successfully when found early (Cancer Research UK). The current non-invasive multi-target DNA test for cancer screening relies on expensive equipment and specially trained staff to perform the tests in medical laboratories. Thus, demand for a rapid and easy POCT (point of care test) for cancer screening for the wider population is high.
Early Cancer Detection

There has been a growing demand for a point of care test (POCT) and home test for various diseases and conditions, during and beyond COVID-19. A feasibility study will design ‘OxLAMP powered by a mobile phone’. This could take the form of a USB stick with a single-use paper strip supplied for a LAMP (loop-mediated isothermal amplification) test. All reagents will be embedded onto the paper strip, and heating will be provided by a mobile phone or a laptop. This work will be undertaken in collaboration with the team at OSCAR (Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research).
Infectious Disease Home Testing

The Oxford Centre for Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing (OCTEB), directed by Prof Cathy Ye, provides engineering solutions to cell/tissue culture in vitro, especially in a three-dimensional (3D) space, as more and more evidence has shown that cells are closer to their natural physiological state when cultured in 3D.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our research teams at the Department of Engineering Science and Oxford Suzhou Centre for Advanced Research (OSCAR) began work on a diagnostic test in January 2020. We have developed a novel and rapid test which detects the presence of viral RNA in a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab sample within 30 minutes.
Rapid Nucleic Acid Test for Covid-19