Dan Merryweather

Loughborough University, UK

In a nutshell

My main research interests focus on the use of nanotechnology and nanoengineering to fabricate tissues and tissue models in vitro. Much of my work has been interdisciplinary, towards the development and investigation of neural and neuro-muscular models.

Biointerfaces and tissue engineering.

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ORCID: 0000-0002-3275-2915
SCOPUS ID: 57194789288

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Biointerfaces

I am an early-stage researcher with a background in biomaterials, 3D tissue engineering, nanoengineering, and photolithography. Originally from Sheffield, I pursued my undergraduate at Keele University before working shortly for Bupa UK running a clinical analysis lab. Following this I returned to Keele to pursue an MSc in tissue engineering. I was then accepted on to the tissue engineering doctoral training program between Loughborough, Nottingham, and Keele Universities. Based at Loughborough, I was awarded by PhD in early 2020 following the design of a 3D microscale model of neuro-muscular interfacing within a novel microfluidic device. Before taking on my role with NeuChip I took on a PDRA at the University of Bath fabricating nanofilters by the controlled anodization of alumina which were then used to size-control cancer-derived exosomes and further expand the diagnostic capabilities of these novel biomarker carriers.

“I am hopeful that developments such as NeuChip will enable us to overcome shortcomings in the extant array of tools available to life science researchers and better understand how inordinately complex systems such as the human brain function by breaking these functions down into discrete units that can be readily analysed and assayed in the lab.”

Selected Publications

  • Impact of type-1 collagen hydrogel density on integrin-linked morphogenic response of SH-SY5Y neuronal cells, RSC Advances, Vol. 11, Issue 51 pp. 33124-33135
  • The need for advanced three-dimensional neural models and developing enabling technologies, MRS Communications, Vol. 7, Issue 3, pp. 309-319