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Queen Mary University of London
Centre for Predictive in vitro Models

Dr John Connelly

John Connelly

Reader in Bioengineering

Blizard Institute
School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London
+44 (0)20 7882 7160

ORCiD Google Scholar
Research Interests

skin, 3D bioprinting, mechanobiology, regenerative medicine

My research group focuses on the repair and regeneration of human skin. We develop novel biomaterials and engineered biosystems to model the skin and employ technologies such as micro-fabrication, engineered hydrogels, and 3D bioprinting. This approach has allowed to uncover fundamental mechanisms of tissue homeostasis and wound repair, and a key are of interest is the role of mechanical and biophysical cues in skin regeneration.

Current Funded Predictive in vitro Model Research
  • Understanding the mechanobiology of senescence and ageing
    Principal Investigator: John Connelly
    DMT Dunhill Medical Trust, The (£126,098)
    15-04-2019 - 14-04-2021
  • Expert technical support for CREATE Lab pump-priming projects
    Principal Investigator: John Connelly
    Barts and the London Charity (£191,679)
    01-10-2018 - 30-09-2021
  • Understanding the mechanisms of epidermal barrier damage and repair using 3D skin equivalent models
    Principal Investigator: John Connelly
    GSK GlaxoSmithKline UK Ltd (£34,000)
    01-10-2019 - 30-09-2023
  • 3D bio-printing human pluripotent stem cell-derived skeletal muscle constructs for disease modelling
    Principal Investigator: Yung-Yao Lin
    Co-investigator: John Connelly
    NC3Rs National Center for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (£90,000)
    01-10-2020 - 30-09-2023