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Matthew Culbert

I graduated from the University of Leeds with a first class BSc and MChem in Chemistry.

What previous lab experience do you have?

I have spent time in labs both in an academic setting and in industry. I spent a year in industry with Unilever working in formulation R&D and conducted my master’s research project at Leeds looking at supports for metal nanoparticles as a catalyst.

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

The CDT offered the opportunity to conduct valuable and interesting research at a world leading biological engineering institute. I have always had an interest in healthcare in general and the CDT allows me to utilize my background in Chemistry whilst researching in the field of medical and biological engineering.

How did you hope the CDT integrated PhD would give you an advantage over a conventional PhD?

The first year of the CDT allows me to transition from my background in Chemistry as well as learning about medical and biological engineering of which I have had little experience of. This means that when I start my research project in the second year I will have a strong understanding of biological and medical engineering.

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

So far I have enjoyed being able to interact with people from different academic backgrounds and learning about the exciting work that is being conducted here.

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

It allows me to gain an understanding of the work from different perspectives as well as having experts to talk to about the different areas of work that are conducted at the CDT.

How do you hope to extend the experience gained from the course in your future career?

The knowledge and experiences will help me in transitioning into working in industry at the end of the PhD enabling what I hope will be a fulfilling career.

What have you found most challenging about the CDT course?

There was a lot of new knowledge to gain an understanding of coming from studying Chemistry but this was made easier due to the wide range of modules that are available in the first year.

Could you give one phrase that would persuade others to join the CDT?

The work you will do at the CDT is highly rewarding, challenging and interesting combining everything that is great about research.

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