John Brewster

Biomedical Science BSc. Experience working in research and development, tissue engineering, and even deodorant manufacture.

What previous lab experience do you have?

I have so far worked in the NHS, Clinical research, Radiopharmaceutical QC, Deodorant R&D, and most recently, Medical Device R&D at Tissue Regenix Group

What attracted you to the Centre for Doctoral Training in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine ā€“ Innovation in Medical and Biological Engineering

Working at Tissue Regenix was my main inspiration; learning about the potential in tissue engineering, the existing connection to University of Leeds, and finally hearing about the research of other CDT/DTC alumni.

Briefly explain what your research is about and what you hope to find?

Working with Graphene; single atom thick sheets of carbon, its chemistry and electro-physical properties, Iā€™m looking to design a scaffold which can direct the development and differentiation of neuronal stem cells.

What have you most enjoyed during your time on the CDT Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine ā€“ Innovation in Medical and Biological Engineering programme?

Learning material in wholly new areas, away from what I have done in the past, such as material science and physics.

What benefits do you feel you get from the interdisciplinary nature of the course?

A broader selection of work areas, practices, techniques and skills than would otherwise be available, in addition to more novel areas of work that blur the boundaries between the disciplines of theoretical science, practical engineering and translational development.

What have you found most challenging about the CDT course?

Time and financial management. Commuting to Leeds combined with childcare responsibility and lacking a landlord to defer homecare tasks to has proven stressful at times.

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