Bioengineering

Name and Contact Details Research Interests
Professor Peter Brett
Role: Professor of Biomedical Engineering / Institute Director

Phone: +44 (0)1895 267859
Email: peter.brett@brunel.ac.uk
Office: Heinz Wolff 001a

Peter Brett has leading research experience in robotics for surgery and cellular processing, and smart sensing in biomedical applications. His work on robotic surgery commenced in 1989, and he has focused on the real time control of tools in tissues to control interaction, behaviour and state.  The novel techniques have been demonstrated successfully in the operating room and work in real time, sensing tool progress relative to flexible, deforming and soft tissues, The techniques are an efficient means for sensing and requiring few sensing elements in contrast to the number of outputs. The new distributive approach to sensing has also been demonstrated successfully in a range of applications from discriminating human motion and behaviour to tactile sense for discriminating contacting conditions on steerable endoscopes and catheters, to discriminating cells and in other defence related applications.

The research has been funded by the European Union, EPSRC, BHF, Industry and by the MoD.

Keywords

Robotics, Surgery, smart surgical tools, soft tissues, flexible tissues, smart sensing, real-time, bio-sensing, biosensors.

Dr Krishna Burugapalli
Role: Research Fellow

Phone: +44 (0)1895 266926
Email: krishna.burugapalli@brunel.ac.uk
Office: Heinz Wolff 001
Biomaterials; tissue engineering; biosensors; drug and gene delivery; glucose biosensing; hydrogels; interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs); composites; combinatorial biomaterials; biodegradable biomaterials; scaffolds; decellularised extracellular matrix; biocompatibility; in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo functional efficacy testing of biomedical devices; coatings for implantable biomedical devices to combat biological rejection; stereology; histomorphometry; histopathology; image analysis.
Dr Xinli Du
Role: Lecturer

Phone: +44 (0)1895 265848
Email: xinli.du@brunel.ac.uk
Office: Heinz Wolff 001
Professor Derek Fisher
Role: Professor of Biochemistry

Phone: +44 (0)1895 266907
Email: derek.fisher@brunel.ac.uk
Office: Heinz Wolff 001
At BIB he is developing biological applications of countercurrent chromatography (CCC). These include separation of bioactive components of Chinese Herbal Medicine (with collaboration within the UK Consortium for the Globalisation of Chinese Medicines and with the XiangCam TCM Research Centre at Babraham) , peptides, proteins and nanoscale particles such as plasmids, viruses and virus-like particles. and using CCC as a bioreactor.
Dr Ian Garrard
Role: Research Fellow

Phone: +44 (0)1895 266908
Email: ian.garrard@brunel.ac.uk
Office: Heinz Wolff 001
Justin Halls
Role: Project Leader for Millenium Homes

Phone: +44 (0)1895 266909
Email: justin.halls@brunel.ac.uk
Office: Heinz Wolff 001
Originally a biologist I did postgraduate work on bat echolocation systems and developing equipment for use in studying ultrasonic bioacoustics. In particular a broad band/tuned bat detector, an improved ultrasound microphone and an analogue computer for generating sonar ambiguity diagrams from real bat echolocation signals.

Since then I have worked at the CRC in Harrow and at BIB as an electronics and computer software engineer and designer, developing equipment for biomedial applications, biological research in space (primarily for ESA) and aids for the elderly and the handicapped. These include WASP - a closed loop drug infusion system, BIOLAB - a biological laboratory for the Columbus module of the International Space Station, EPU - an experiment preparation unit for use with BIOLAB, MCS - a microwell cultivation system for the space station, EXO - an exobiology facility for a proposed Mars lander.

Recently I have been involved in the development of the Millennium Homes system, and related facilities. This is a caring home system intended to make it possible for elderly or frail people to remain living in their own homes for longer than would otherwise be possible.
Professor Emeritus Heinz Wolff
Role: Founding Director

Phone: +44 (0)1895 266922
Email: heinz.wolff@brunel.ac.uk
Office: Heinz Wolff 008a
Peter Hewitson
Role: Bioprocess Research Engineer

Phone: +44 (0)1895 266917
Email: peter.hewitson@brunel.ac.uk
Office: Heinz Wolff 001
  • Counter-current Chromatography
  • Liquid-liquid Counter-current Extraction and Scale-up
  • Photographic Systems and Media
  • Flexible Conductive Circuits and Flexible Solar Cells
Dr Svetlana Ignatova
Role: Reader, Director of ABC

Phone: +44 (0)1895 266911
Email: svetlana.ignatova@brunel.ac.uk
Office: Heinz Wolff 001
Dr Ashraf Khir
Role: Reader in cardiovascular mechanics

Phone: +44 (0)1895 265857
Email: ashraf.khir@brunel.ac.uk
Office: Tower A 310
  • Arterial Hemodynamics
  • Experimentalist in biofluid mechanics
  • Arterial Waves; wave intensity analysis and wave speed
  • Cardiac mechanics and analysis of cardiac wall movements
  • CFD of Cardiac assist Devices
  • Design of micro axial flow blood pump
  • Intra Aortic Balloon Pump and pusher-plate blood pump
Dr Carola Koenig
Role: Research Fellow

Phone: +44 (0)1895 266915
Email: carola.koenig@brunel.ac.uk
Office: Heinz Wolff 001
  • two-phase flow modelling related to countercurrent chromatography (CCC)
  • cardiovascular flows and prostheses
  • biological network flows
  • respiratory flows
  • plume flow modelling with chemical reaction modelling
Dr Quan Long
Role: Senior Lecturer

Phone: +44 (0)1895 266689
Email: quan.long@brunel.ac.uk
Office: Heinz Wolff 001
Professor Ian Sutherland
Role: Professor of Bioprocess Engineering

Phone: +44 (0)1895 266920
Email: ian.sutherland@brunel.ac.uk
Office: Heinz Wolff 005a

The majority of these collaborations have resulted in commercial hardware and all have contributed to improved quality of life for the beneficiaries

  • Portable insulin infusers
  • The treatment of infertility
  • The study of pelvic blood flow
  • The development of space flight hardware for NASA
  • Separation technologies for the purification of drugs
Eleanor van den Heuvel
Role: Research Fellow

Phone: +44 (0)1895 266921
Email: eleanor.van.den.heuvel@brunel.ac.uk
Office: Heinz Wolff 001
Current research interests include Ageing, Assistive Technology, Dementia and Continence.
Eddie Varney
Role: Software Engineer

Phone: +44 (0)1895 266914
Email: edward.varney@brunel.ac.uk
Office: Heinz Wolff 010
Dr Masoud Zoka Assadi
Role: Research Fellow

Phone: +44 (0)1895 267907
Email: masoud.zokaassadi@brunel.ac.uk
Office: Heinz Wolff 001

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