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


Research Summary

To create commercially accessible materials that activates specific cellular responses (e.g. the cellular hypoxia pathway) for tissue regeneration and tissue engineering. This involves investigating material-biological interactions by exploring cellular (stem cells and primary cell) responses to various physicochemical stimuli e.g. surface chemistry, micro and nano-topography, mechanical stress, inorganic ions and physical tissue scaffold architecture. Current projects include osteo-chondral tissue engineering, HIF mimicking scaffolds for wound healing and mechanisms of increasing cell survival in adverse conditions. 

Other interests include: the development of novel strategies for promoting the vascularisation of tissue engineered scaffolds; the development of non-invasive Bio-Raman spectroscopy for live biochemical analysis of cells and tissue engineered constructs; bone-implant interface biology, stem cell differentiation, cellular interaction with carbon nanotubes, the biological consequences of orthopaedic wears debris and lymphangiogeneis in regenerative medicine.


Teaching Summary

I’m the Programme Director/ course tutor for the  MSc in Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine (UCL) on which I lecture, designed modules and currently run the Tissue Engineering module. I teach/lecture on a wide range of regenerative medicine related topics including; cell-material interactions, nanotechnology in tissue engineering, bone and cartilage tissue regeneration, angiogenesis, hypoxia and stem cells. I also lecture on the role of nanotechnology in medicine (including nanotoxicity) and more generic lectures on experimental planning and critical analysis of research papers.

Other teaching activities: Graduate Tutor (taught) for the Division of Surgery; Royal Free Division of Surgery Education Lead, Divisional Post-Graduate Teaching Assistant Coordinator on which I run a “Developing Learning and Teaching in Higher Education” course for PGs who teach. 

I’m also passionate about increasing awareness and participation in science and I’m proud to have been involved in a number of schemes which encourage this including; the  In2scienceUK placement scheme (2013-current), Next Generation Project  (ICL 2007-2009), Nuffield Science bursaries,  International Scientific Youth Forum, STEMNET andUCL Masterclass, Outreach.

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
1998 MSc Master of Science – Parasitology University of Wales, Bangor
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