Morgan Alexander, The University of Nottingham, UK
Title: High throughput materials discovery adventures with polymer microarrays
Morgan Alexander is Professor of Biomedical Surfaces at the School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham and a Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award holder. He received his Bachelor of Science in Materials in 1988 and his PhD from the same department at The University of Sheffield in 1992.
He leads the Laboratory of Biophysics and Surface Analysis which consists of 8 independent academics with complementary expertise in solving fundamental and applied biomolecular, biomaterial and (bio)formulation problems.
His work comprises developing materials for application in biological environments and characterising relationships between the surface and biological response. Understanding these relationships is critical in the development of biomaterials and is the theme running through his group's work across a variety of biomedical application areas spanning bacterial adhesion to controlling stem cell response.
He has contributed to books on surface chemical modification and analysis and has authored over 130 papers dealing with surfaces in high quality peer reviewed publications, including research articles in Nature Materials, PNAS, Nature Communications, Advanced Materials, and Biomaterials. This research is highly interdisciplinary, involving collaborators from a wide variety of fields including regenerative medicine, neuroscience, developmental biology, pharmaceutics, materials processing, plasma physics and nanofabrication. This work is funded by The Wellcome Trust, EPSRC, BBSRC, EMDA, MRC, DSTL and industry.