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Dr. Nick Evans

University Of Southampton, United Kingdom

Nick's is an associate professor at the University of Southampton, UK. His research focuses on stem cells and biomaterials in tissue regeneration and development. He obtained a BSc in Biology from the University of Nottingham, UK. He then completed a PhD at King's College London under the supervision of Prof John Pickup, where he researched techniques in fluorescence spectroscopy for tracking metabolism in cells by using their natural fluorescence. After experiencing some of the excitement of stem cell biology, he worked as an MRC postdoctoral fellow under Prof Julia Polak and Prof Molly Stevens at Imperial College researching the effects of extracellular matrix on the differentiation of embryonic stem cells. This experience, combined with a postdoctoral work in drug delivery in skin and bone repair at Stanford University, led to his current focus on two main areas of research at the University of Southampton: the role of mechanobiology in early development and tissue healing, and the use of nanotechnology for promoting tissue regeneration. He has a longstanding interest in mechanobiology, having published one of the first papers to show the importance of matrix stiffness in the differentiation of pluripotent stem cells, and more recently is researching in how cells act collectively to mechanosense 'through' biomaterials. He also currently leads a project investigating how ultrasound stimulated bubbles and nanodroplets can be used to deliver drugs and to mechanostimulate tissues and cells at bone fracture sites.

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