IHE & Indian Institute of Science webinar: Materials in Medicine

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Join the UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering and the Indian Institute of Science for a joint webinar exploring materials in medicine.

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10am BST / 2.30pm IST


  • Welcome by Prof Lakhanpaul, Pro-Vice Provost (South Asia), UCL and Prof Praveen Kumar, Chair, Office of International Relations, IISc
  • Opening remarks - Prof Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam, 'Materials in Medicine: A Clinician-Scientist's Perspective'
  • Prof Mohan Edirisinghe OBE, UCL, 'Advanced Novel Manufacturing Research for Medicines and Healthcare'
  • Prof Manish Tiwari UCL, 'Nanoegnineered sensors and antimicrobial surfaces'
  • Dr Helge Wurdemann UCL, 'Soft material medical devices'
  • Prof Bikramjit Basu IISc , 'Biomaterials and Implants: Status, Challenges and Recommendations'
  • Dr Siddharth Jhunjhunwala IISc , 'Biomaterials for engineering neutrophil responses'
  • Prof Kaushik Chatterjee IISc , 'Additive manufacturing and 3D printing of biomaterials for implants and tissue regeneration'
  • Panel discussion - Where to next in terms of international collaboration between UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering and the Indian Institute of Science?
  • Closing remarks - Prof Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam and Prof Rebecca Shipley

This webinar will take place on Zoom. You will receive a Zoom registration link prior to the event beginning.

The webinar will be recorded and available to watch afterwards, with the exception of Prof Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam's talk.

SPEAKER BIOS (in order of appearance)

Dr Amit Khandelwal: Amit Khandelwal looks after South Asia for UCL Global Engagement where his focus has been on catalysing research partnerships with a range of institutions such as the Indian Institution of Science, Bengaluru, India. He worked in industry, academe and Government ranging from commodity trading, defence R&D, establishing joint ventures in energy materials manufacturing and research to policy development linked to chemicals manufacturing innovation, large research facilities, mass transport, urban regeneration and development, skills, technology management/transfer and IPR. He also helped fund research between industry and academe in novel materials such as structural composites and batteries

Prof Monica Lakhanpaul: Professor Monica Lakhanpaul is Professor of Integrated Community Child Health at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, Consultant Paediatrician at Whittington NHS trust and Pro-Vice -Provost for South Asia leading the UCL Global exchange partnership strategy with India. She has extensive experience of leading multidisciplinary research teams to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing marginalised, minority and vulnerable families globally through participatory research, citizen science and multisector approaches, ensuring that communities are involved in co- developing holistic integrated solutions for the health and wellbeing challenges they face.

Prof Praveen Kumar: Praveen Kumar received his Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, in 2003. Subsequently, he received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from University of Southern California, Los Angeles in 2005 and 2007, respectively. He is currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. His main research interests are mechanical behavior of materials, with particular emphasis on studying effects of electric current, temperature and sample length scale, and constructive usage of electromigration, both in solid and liquid metals. He is the Chair of Office of International Relations at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Prof Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam: Professor Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. She is also the Founding Director of EXSEL (a novel medical student scholarship scheme), at the University of Leeds Medical School, the Founding Professor of Surgery at the University of Warwick Medical School & University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, and Professor of Engineering & Surgery at University College London. In addition to her academic roles, Professor Homer-Vanniasinkam is actively engaged with industry (bio- and med-tech, and AI), in collective endeavours to improve the delivery of effective and affordable healthcare, globally.

Prof Mohan Edirisinghe: Mohan Edirisnghe holds the established Bonfield Chair of Biomaterials in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University College London (UCL) and has served as a University of London professor for over 20 years. He was appointed to this UCL chair in December 2005 and prior to this he was Professor of Materials at Queen Mary University of London. He has actively pursued advanced materials processing, forming and manufacturing research, for over 25 years publishing over 500 journal papers with a H-index of 66 and over 15,000 citations.

Manish Tiwari: Manish K Tiwari is Royal Society Wolfson Fellow and Professor of Nanoengineering in University College London (UCL). He directs Nanoengineered Systems Laboratory in UCL Mechanical Engineering. With his team and a wide-range of cross-cutting collaborators, Prof. Tiwari’s research focuses on interfaces - encompassing small scale manufacturing and transport phenomena for new healthcare and energy technologies. He leads a platform in UCL’s Wellcome/EPSRC Centre for Interventional and Surgical Sciences (WEISS) and is a joint lead on the Manufacturing research at UCL EAST.

Dr Helge Wurdemann: Helge Wurdemann is a core roboticist at UCL Robotics and Associate Professor of Robotics at the Department of Mechanical Engineering leading the UCL Soft Haptics & Robotics Lab. His research interest focuses on the hardware design and application of soft material robotic systems that have the ability to change their shape and stiffness on demand bridging the gap between traditional rigid and entirely soft robots.

Prof Bikramjit Basu: Bikramjit Basu is currently a Professor at the Materials Research Center, with joint appointment at the Center for Biosystems Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. He also serves as Visiting Professor at University of Manchester, UK and at the European Centre for Functional and Surface Functionalized Glass. His research on multifunctional ceramics, and successfully engineered biomaterials have impact in areas such as healthcare, renewable energy and aerospace.

Dr Siddarth Jhunjhunwala: Siddharth Jhunjhunwala is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for BioSystems Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. He is currently a DBT-Wellcome India Alliance Intermediate Fellow, and in the past has been awarded the Ramanujan Fellowship and the R.I. Mazumdar young investigator position at IISc. In collaboration with numerous colleagues, Siddharth has published over 40 journal articles and has been awarded 2 international patents. His primary research interest is in the field of Immuno-engineering.

Prof Kaushik Chatterjee: Dr Kaushik Chatterjee received his PhD. in Bioengineering from the Pennsylvania State University, USA. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow jointly at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Institutes of Health, USA. He then joined the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore where he is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Engineering and associated with the Centre for BioSystems Science and Engineering. His research group focuses on materials for biomedical applications including metals, polymers, and polymer nanocomposites.

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