Our group is involved in interdisciplinary research working from within Biomaterials to better understand the role of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) in regulating the function of various cell types, currently focussing on embryonic stem (ES) cells.
The group is a relative newcomer to Materials Science consists of three PDRAs and five PhD students. One PDRA is funded by a collaborative Human Frontiers Research Programme grant to develop GAG-modified hydrogels for ES cell culture. We also have a project funded by the MRC investigating the role of GAG in neural differentiation. The other PDRA position is funded by an EU FP7 project working to design peptide hydrogels for cardiac repair. Most of the PhD students are funded by EPSRC and are working on a variety of projects around our central theme of GAGs, stem cell signalling and biomaterials.