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Dr David Chau
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  • Associate Professor in Biomaterials and Allied Subjects
  • Biomaterials & Tissue Eng
  • Eastman Dental Institute
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

David is an Associate Professor in Biomaterials and Allied Subjects at the Eastman Dental Institute. He originally trained as a chemical engineer before gaining an interest in biotechnology which resulted in the completion of a BEng and an MSc from the University of Birmingham. Thereafter, he gained his PhD in the field of Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials (Nottingham Trent/Aston University) which cumulated in the publication of several papers and a worldwide patent. David further pursued his research interests as a Postdoctoral Research Associate under Professor Kevin Shakesheff and Professor Amir Ghaemmaghami (University of Nottingham) in Tissue Engineering/Advanced Drug Delivery before joining the Cell and Organism Engineering Laboratory of Professor Alan Tunnacliffe (University of Cambridge). David started his academic career as a Lecturer in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery at the University of Hertfordshire in 2013 before progressing to a Senior Lecturer role and gaining his FHEA status on way.

Research Summary

David's research interests focuses on biotechnology- the application of the life sciences to the fields of engineering, medicine and technology- in particular their application to regenerative medicine and drug delivery. Previous research has focused on tissue engineering and biomaterial development of the skin, bone, eye and the brain. Current interests include the development of novel (bio)mimetic substitutes, high-throughput screening technology, organ-on-a-chip technology as well as the development of a desiccation-tolerant mammalian cell line.

David is a firm believer of the concept of “to make things better, you first need to know how it works” and the application of “benchside-to-bedside” technology. As such, David aims to build upon his expertise in tissue engineering, pharmaceutics and bioprocessing to further his knowledge of (drug) formulation design, novel therapeutic manufacturing and the development of enhanced cell culture/in vitro models.

2019 Associate Professor of Biomaterials and Allied Sciences Eastman Dental Institute UCL, United Kingdom
2015 – 2019 Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Department of Clinical and Pharmaceutical Sciences University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
2013 – 2015 Lecturer in Pharmaceutics Department of Pharmacy University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
2011 – 2013 Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate Cell and Organism Engineering Group University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
2009 – 2011 Postdoctoral Research Associate Allergy Research Group University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
2007 – 2009 Postdoctoral Research Associate Advanced Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering Group University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2007   Doctor of Philosophy Nottingham Trent University
2000   Master of Science University of Birmingham
1999   Bachelor of Engineering University of Birmingham
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