Matthew Sullivan

I completed my degree in Cellular and Molecular Medicine (BSc) at the University of Bristol in 2017. After graduation I spent the summer travelling around South America before starting the CDT Term in September.

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

During my time at Bristol I became interested in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering, however I couldn’t narrow down which area within this field I wanted to focus my research on. The CDT Term structure, which included an integrated masters, was therefore the perfect choice as it would let me gain further knowledge and experience in this field before choosing my PhD project. 

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

The CDT integrated PhD, in particular the modules and lab placements, have allowed me (a biologist) to learn about the mechanical and engineering concepts which come into play when trying to regenerate or engineer a specific tissue. 

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

Being able to attend the different research group meetings (Spine, musculoskeletal, virtual) is really beneficial as you can learn what research is currently being done and the challenges the academics within iMBE face on a daily basis. 

What have you found most challenging about the CDT course?

Trying to learn the differences between Stress, Strain, displacement and deformation!

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

Friday is cake day in the office!