Development of smart tissue engineering scaffolds for drug testing
The overarching goal of the project is to produce a synthetic tissue scaffold with appropriate surface modification, topography, and mechanical properties to enable long-term maintenance of a healthy phenotype of cells during in-vitro testing.
Dr Rebecca Lewis
Senior Lecturer in Physiology
Rebecca graduated in Bioveterinary Sciences from the University of Liverpool in 2007 and started her PhD in the same year in the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Liverpool. The main focus of Rebecca's PhD was investigating the role of ion channels and the resting membrane potential in healthy chondrocytes. This included modelling cell behaviour to determine the function of these membrane proteins in healthy cells and relating this to the osteoarthritic disease state. Rebecca's postdoctoral work continued in the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease at the University of Liverpool, investigating the effect of a number of pharmacological agents on cell function and ion channel expression, using electrophysiology. Rebecca's postdoctoral work continued at Liverpool, investigating the effect of inflammatory conditions on chondrocyte function. In September 2014, Rebecca joined the University of Surrey as a Lecturer in Physiology.
Research groups and centres
Our research is supported by research groups and centres of excellence.