Professor Divya Chari
Divya Maitreyi Chari is Professor of Neural Tissue Engineering at Keele University School of Medicine. She gained a DPhil in Developmental Neurobiology from Oxford University, followed by postdoctoral work at the Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair & Veterinary Medicine, latterly funded by a UK Multiple Sclerosis Society Junior Fellowship.
She established the new Neural Tissue Engineering Keele Group and her laboratory develops novel tissue engineering approaches for neural regeneration, such as nanoparticle platforms for genetic engineering and imaging and biomaterials/functionalised nanomaterials for cell transplantation therapy. Her laboratory has a track record of developing reductionist, 3D neural injury models to Reduce, Replace and Refine live animal experimentation in neurobiology research. Her work has been funded by a range of national and international funding agencies including the UK research councils, the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal Society.
The group’s work has been published in several journals including ACS Nano, Biomaterials, Journal of Controlled Release, Journal of Tissue Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Nano Research, Advanced Healthcare Materials and Nanoscale.
Divya serves on British Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council Core Committee C, the Grants Advisory Committee for Spinal Research and the Medical Research Council Developmental Pathway Funding Scheme panel. She is currently on a two year Visiting Academic Fellowship in the Electrical Engineering department at Cambridge University, funded by an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Healthcare Technologies award.