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Dr Ranjana Rai
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  • Lecturer (Teaching) in Drug Discovery
  • UCL School of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

Dr. Ranjana Rai is an Associate Lecturer (Teaching) at the Faculty of Medical Sciences. She is co-leading modules across a number of programmes (Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine, Medical Sciences and Engineering, and Medical Innovation and Enterprise). Ranjana is a former WEISS postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Nanotechnology & Regenerative medicine, UCL. In addition to teaching Ranjana is working with world-renowned vascular surgeons to develop small diameter vascular grafts in situ. She received the prestigious President Scholarship for her master’s and the Quintin Hogg Scholarship to pursue her Ph.D study at the University of Westminster, UK. It was while undertaking her Ph.D research that her passion for biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine started. Following her Ph.D, she worked in the multi-consortium EU-funded FP7 project BIOSCENT aimed at developing Cardiac Patches and  ReBioStent focussed on developing drug-eluting bioresorbable stents. Ranjana loves teaching and promoting STEM, especially women in science. 

Research Summary

My research till date has focussed on developing materials for biomedical applications, such as tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, drug delivery and medical device development. I have worked on various polymer based platforms (synthetic, natural, polymeric blends) and composite systems with inorganic particles. Fabricating and developing materials into scaffolds that are able to mimic target in vivo physiological environment, has been a key aspect of my research. Similarly, I am also interested in tailoring properties of materials/scaffolds and functionalising it to achieve desired features for enhancing cell-material interactions. I am currently working on developing smart small diameter vascular grafts that are able to self endothelialise and regenerate in situ with improved patency.

Teaching Summary

Sep 2022 - Present: Associate Lecturer (Teaching), Faculty of Medical Sciences UCL

Summary: Co-lead modules across the three programmes (Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine, Medical Sciences and Engineering, and Medical Innovation and Enterprise).

2019-Aug 2022: Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Nanotechnology & Regenerative medicine, UCL

Summary: Developed research proposals and provided supervision to MSc, BSc and iBSc research projects. Examiner for research projects.

July 2010 – July 2013: Postdoctoral Research- Department of Materials Science and Engineering,  University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.

Summary: Co-lead for the module ‘Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering for the MSc programme.  Supervised of B.Sc and M.Sc research projects. Examiner for research projects and module exam papers.

Feb 2006-Aug 2006: Visiting Lecturer - Department of Biotechnology, Kathmandu University (KU), Nepal.

Summary:  Lead module on Cell Signaling at the BSc level. Supervisor for BSc projects. 

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