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Dr Gavin Jell
UCL Medical School, Royal Free Campus
9th Floor, Royal Free Hospital,Pond Street
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  • Senior Lecturer
  • Department of Surgical Biotechnology
  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

An interdisciplinary scientist interested in the material – biological interactions. He completed a PhD (at UCL as part of the Queen Mary IRC in Biomedical Materials) looking at the causes of aseptic loosening of  orthopaedic implants. Using this knowledge on cell-material interactions Gavin was recruited by Prof. Larry Hench at Imperial College London investigating the use of bioactive glass for regenerative medicine. It was during this time that Gavin developed an interest in regenerative medicine and the multidisciplinary characterisation of tissue engineered constructs.

Gavin joined Prof. Molly Stevens group (Imperial College London) in 2005 to continue research on tissue engineering, publishing on a variety of topics including stem cells, tissue engineering (including the creation of  HIF stabilising materials) and nanoparticle material-biological interactions. He returned to UCL in 2009 to lead a new MSc in Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine and was appointed as an Lecturer at UCL in 2013 and Associate Professor in 2016. 

Research Summary

My research is focused on understanding how materials interact within biological environments, in order to create "better" biomaterials; materials that have reduced failure rates and have increased functionality (e.g. promote regeneration). Current areas of research include:

1. Nanomedicine. Understanding how nanoparticle physicochemical properties change biological interactions in different biological environments. 

2. Bone tissue engineering. Over 20 high impact publication including Nature Materials.

3. Bioactive glass. Understanding how ions released from bioactive glasses affect bone formation and remodelling, to creating new bioactive glasses with therapeutic ion release

4. Materials for Diabetic and Chronic wound healing.

5. The role of hypoxia and HIF in tissue regeneration and cell survival. 

6. Understanding why biomaterials fail

I’ve published ~50 papers on these topics in leading international journals (e.g. Nature Materials) with an average citation/article of 40. My success has been recognised globally with international research collaborations (I was appointed Associate Prof. Biomaterials at Nagoya Institute of Technology (NIT) in 2015),  invited talks/keynote at international conferences (Hosted/Chaired BSNM 2018). My views on medical research have been solicited and reported in national newspapers/broadcasters (e.g. Daily MailCrowd science).

Teaching Summary
  • Programme lead for the MSc in Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine (~250 graduates). 
  • Course founder and Director for the BSc/MSci in Medical Innovation & Enterprise
  • Course Director for the iBSc in Surgical Science
  • Education Lead (Division of Surgery)
  • Module Lead 1) Applied Tissue engineering (PG), 2) Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine, 3) MSc Research Projects, 4) Medical Innovation & enterprise.
  • Lecture topics include; Nanotechnology, nanotoxicity, stem cells, bioceramics, bone tissue engineering, tissue scaffold design, tissue engineering, biomaterial failure, cell culture, cell-material interactions, angiogenesis, hypoxia, medical innovations, critical analysis of research and growing whole organs.
  • Module Development: Created modules in Applied Biomaterials, Transplantation Science, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Medical Innovation and Enterprise (level I,II & II), Materials in Science
  • Course Development: As Divisional Graduate tutor I oversaw the creation and development of 8 new courses (4 MSc’s, 3 BSc’s, 1 intercalated BSc) and relaunched the iBSc in Surgical Science.  I helped create an innovate cross Medical Faculty MSc/MRes programme (Human Tissue Repair) and enabled the integration of Division of Surgery teaching with Faculty UG courses.
  • Divisional Post Graduate Teaching Assistant (PGTA) Coordinator

01-SEP-2016 Associate Professor in Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicin Surgery & Interventional Science UCL, United Kingdom
MAY-2013 Lecturer in Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine Division of Surgery & Interventional Medicine  , United Kingdom
SEP-2009 – MAY-2013 Teaching Fellow Division of Surgery & Interventional Medicine UCL, United Kingdom
2007 – 2009 Research Associate Materials and Institute of Biomedical Engineering Imperial College London, United Kingdom
2006 – 2007 Lead Research Scientist RepRegen Ltd. ICL Bio-Incubator, United Kingdom
2005 – 2006 Research Associate Materials Imperial College London, United Kingdom
2003 – 2005 Research Associate Centre for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2004   Doctor of Philosophy Queen Mary College, University of London
1998   Master of Science University of Wales, Bangor
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