Benjamin Hewitt

Mr., BMedSc

20222022

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I'm a current doctoral researcher based at the University of Birmingham School of Dentistry. My research focuses on developing models of gingival (gum) tissues, and using these for screening novel pharmaceutical compounds. I'm experienced in a range of 2D and 3D cell culture, molecular biology (qPCR, western blotting, genetic modification / transfection) and histological analysis techniques. I have particular interest in developing new methods for synthesising organotypic tissue equivalents, having published a new technique employing fused filament fabrication 3D printing to produce novel devices for the generation of stratified epithelial tissue.

I regularly train PhD and MSc students in a range of experimental techniques, in addition to training and directly supervising the dissertation research projects of BMedSc Biomedical Materials Science undergraduates.

Research interests

  • Organotypic culture 
  • Tissue equivalents 
  • Genetic modification and engineering
  • Nuclear hormone receptor signalling
  • 3D printing for in vitro cell culture

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Biomedical science

Award Date: 1 Jul 2019

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