Dr Peter Childs
Dr Childs is a Chancellors Fellow (Lecturer) within the Department of Biomedical Engineering. His research interests include the control of cell function/fate through applied mechanical stimulation and development of materials for tissue regeneration (cellular and acellular). Since 2012 he has been involved with a multidisciplinary collaboration using nano amplitude vibration to stimulate stem cell osteogenesis ('nanokicking'). This technology is now being translated towards clinic as an osteogenic cell therapy for orthopaedic repair. He has also been involved in the translation of implantable bioactive polymers for growth factor delivery ('HealiOst'). He was involved in the STFC-funded project Early diagnosis and intervention of osteoporosis using nanovibrational stimulation (£393k, 2018-21) with SCISCI, developing wearable vibration devices for the management/treatment of disuse osteoporosis. Dr Childs was previously awarded a Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship and have a keen interest in the clinical/commercial translation of cell engineering technologies. Dr Childs is looking for Honours, Masters and PhD students for further nanovibrational studies. Contact him for more details.
Team: Prof Stuart Reid