Professor Alicia El Haj is a leading figure in Regenerative Medicine and has been involved in bringing together interdisciplinary groups within biomedicine, physical sciences and engineering interested in aspects of cell and tissue engineering. She was a founder Director of Keele University's Research Institute of Science & Technology in Medicine (ISTM) which has rated highly; 5A, 5* and 5A through the past 3 RAE assessments. In September 2018 Alicia El Haj moved to the University of Birmingham but remains as a Visiting Professor at Keele University.
Prof El Haj is the Research Director of an EPSRC DTC in Regenerative Medicine, one of the co-directors of the new EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing Centre in Regenerative Medicine and a collaborator in the new Arthritis Research UK Tissue Engineering Centre. She has published over a 100 publications with an emphasis on engineering solutions for controlling stem cell behaviour and new orthopaedic repair strategies using novel enabling technology approaches with funding from EPSRC, BBSRC, Welcome Trust, AR UK and EU Framework.
Prof El Haj is a Chair elect of the European council for TERMIS, a member of the UK National Stem Cell Advisory Board, the IFMBE Working Group for Cellular Engineering, and the IPEM Academic Advisory board. She is on the editorial board of JTERM and Tissue Engineering and is currently serving as a member of the Medical Research Council’s Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme (DPFS) Panel. Prof El Haj served on the General Engineering UK REF 2014 Panel.
Recent research career
|May 2016 - onwards||
Theme Lead for Regenerative Medicine
|October 2012 - May 2016||
Director - Institute of Science & Technology in Medicine, Keele University
|November 2009 - September 2012||Theme Leader, Bioengineering & Therapeutics|
|August 2004 - November 2009||Director - Institute of Science & Technology in Medicine, Keele University|
|March 2002 - 2004||Research Dean for the Faculty of Health, Keele University|
|October 1999 - 2004||Head of Centre, Centre for Science and Technology in Medicine, Keele University|
|July 1999 - present||Chair in Cell Engineering, Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine, Keele University|
|April 1997 - 1999||Senior Lecturer, Dept of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics, Keele University|
Research and scholarship
Stem cell therapy for orthopaedic applications;
Bioreactors and in vitro conditioning for tissue growth;
Magnetic nanoparticle technologies for use in Regenerative Medicine.
1997- 2013, Courses/Keele University
- Bioreactor & Growth Environments for Tissue Engineering Training Course
I have established an MSc course in Biomedical engineering and an MSc course in Cell and Tissue engineering in 1999 which has now taken its fourteenth year of intake.
- Msc Course in Cell & Tissue Engineering
- Msc Course in Biomedical Engineering
1990-1997, Courses/Birmingham University
1st Year Cell Biology and Molecular Biology:Cell Division and Differentiation
2nd Year Development 5 week option Molecular and Cell Biology; co-option leader:
* Animal Gene Regulation/Drosophila genetics
* Evolutionary Developmental Biology
3rd Year Cell Biology of Development - Option Leader
Biology of Animal Growth - Option Leader
Current Issues in Biomedical Sciences - Option leader
All 3 years involve lectures and practicals. Tutorials were held for all 3 years. Where option leader is noted - this involved design and development of a new course
Professor Alicia J. El Haj's research group
Postdoctoral researchers and Fellows
- Katie Bardsley
- Hareklea Markides
- Michael Rotherham
- Yvonne Reinwald
- Evangelia Vezouviou
- Timothy Hopkins
- Nicola Foster
- Graziana Monaco
- Eatelaf Muhammad
- Rachel Gater
- Jessica Bratt
- Tom Bateman-Price
- Ana Gonçalves
- Kaveh Roshanbinfar
- Visiting professor- Sue Kimber
Publicity and links
Growing bones using stem cell research. YouTube excerpt from USA' CNBC International "The Edge" programme focussing on Prof Alicia El Haj's team.
Human Bones grown from fat Article in UK The Telegraph by Richard Gray on growing human bones from stem cells.
School of Pharmacy and Bioengineering
Research centre address:
School of Pharmacy and Bioengineering
Guy Hilton Research Centre
Tel: +44 (0) 1782 674988
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