Julie Gough

Julie Gough


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Postgraduate Opportunities

PhDs available from September 2017:

Graphene-hydrogels for tissue engineering.

Self-assembling peptide hydrogels for tissue engineering.



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Research Group(s)


1993: BSc Cell and Immunobiology.

1994: MSc Molecular Pathology and Toxicology.

1998: PhD Biomaterials.

1998-2001: PDRA Novel composites for craniofacial bone repair.

2001-2002:PDRA Bioactive glasses for bone repair.

2002-2006: Lecturer in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering.

2006-2010: Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering.

2010-2014: Reader in Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering.

2012-2013: Royal Academy of Engineering/Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellow.

2014-current: Professor of Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering

Julie is a cell biologist whose research interests are in tissue engineering of mechanically sensitive connective tissues such as bone, cartilage, skeletal muscle and the intervertebral disc. Her research includes controlling cell responses at the cell-biomaterial interface by engineering defined surfaces. This includes analysis and control of cells such as osteoblasts, chondrocytes, fibroblasts, keratinocytes, myoblasts and macrophages on a variety of materials and scaffolds. Julie's research also involves development of scaffolds for tissue repair such as novel hydrogels and various porous and fibrous materials.

Julie has published over 90 papers and collaborates widely within academia and industry.

Julie is currently a Co-Director of the cross faculty Advanced Materials in Medicine initiative, and on the management team of the Christabel Pankhurst Institute for Health Technology Research and Innovation.

In January 2021 Julie's research group moved to the Henry Royce Institute which houses state-of-the-art facilities for biomedical materials research and innovation.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced materials
  • Manchester Regenerative Medicine Network
  • Advanced Materials in Medicine
  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


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