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Industries & Expertise

Bioengineering and Biotechnology

Imperial’s interdisciplinary expertise in bioengineering and biotechnology leads the UK field and spans the life sciences, engineering and medicine disciplines. Many of our experts work together as part of the Industrial Biotechnology Hub and Agri-Net which are dedicated to developing innovative solutions for industry and government agencies.

Whether you need help with testing biological samples, developing novel biomaterials or determining the motion analysis for a new product, we can find the right people to help you solve a problem flexibly and responsively. 


The Almquist Lab

With an ageing global population and increasing levels of obesity and diabetes - new, disruptive wound care technologies are ever growing in demand. Our experts employ insights from biology, nanotechnology and material science to create innovative wound healing and tissue repair solutions. 
They are developing smart bandages and dynamic biomaterials for controlled delivery of therapeutics to wounds such as diabetic ulcers or scars from burns and surgical interventions (e.g. peritoneal adhesions). Plus, 're-wiring' and improving the healing process through the manipulation of signalling networks - for ulcers, to prevent hypertrophic scarring or to modulate healing disorders.
Further research and expertise also includes:
  • Neural interfaces (imaging, interaction between metal/silicon and cells)
  • Nanoparticles in cancer therapy
  • Epigenetic dysregulation of cell signalling
  • MicroRNA therapies
  • Tissue engineering
  • Dynamically manipulating the behaviour of cells and tissues

More information on the research from the team can be found on the Almquist Lab site.

Experts include:

  • Dr Ben Almquist - expertise combines materials science, nanotechnology and biology to develop methods for dynamically manipulating the behaviour of cells and tissues.


Plant sciences, microbial physiology, systems biology and mathematical modelling, catalysis/synthesis, chemical biology, flow chemistry, sustainable manufacturing processes/construction, process design, biomechanics amd mechanobiology, cell and molecular bioengineering, human and biological robotics and neural engineering.


Synthetic biology, biocatalysis and metabolic engineering, bioinformatics, metabolomics, proteomics, glycomics, nanotechnology, imaging, image analysis and information systems, artificial bioactive material and implants plus neurotechnology.

Applied Biosciences

Bioenergy/biorenewables, bioremediation and waste treatment, bioprocessing and bioseparations, biologics, implants, regenerative medicine and tissue engineering, agri-food, brain-related illnesses and blast injury.