BioMed 4.0 Team


Dr Hannah Leese
Project co-lead and Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Hannah joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Bath as Prize Fellow in Advanced Bio-separations in 2018 and is now a Lecturer in the Department. Before rejoining Bath she held post-doc positions in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London and in the Nanomedicine Lab at the University of Manchester. She completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the University of York and her PhD in Chemical Engineering. Hannah is dedicated to bridging disciplines to tackle sustainable healthcare challenges throughout her research and teaching.

Dr Bernardo Castro Dominguez
Project co-lead and Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Bernardo is a lecturer in Chemical Engineering and lead of the Smart Process Engineering Lab . Bernardo is an expert in process engineering and materials discovery. He is interested in combining digital technologies, automation and “big data” for the development of a sustainable chemical industry.

Dr Uriel Martinez Hernandez
Project co-lead and Lecturer in Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Uriel is a Lecturer in Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, the University of Bath. Uriel focuses his research on the design and development of machine learning methods, multimodal sensing and active perception for autonomous robotics with applications on systems for recognition of human activities, face and touch recognition for human-robot interaction, bioinspired architectures for robot learning and control and smart wearable assistive robots. Uriel is a core member of the Centre for Autonomous Robotics (CENTAUR) at Bath, and he leads the inte-R-action Lab. Uriel is also a member of the Accountable, Responsible and Transparent AI group (ART-AI) and Centre for Biosensors, Bioelectronics and Biodevices (C3Bio) at Bath. Before joining Bath, Uriel was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation, University of Leeds, UK, and a Research Associate at the Sheffield Robotics Laboratory, University of Sheffield, UK. Uriel has published over 40 papers in international journals and conferences, one patent and two book chapters, and he is part of the organisation committee of the International Conference on Living Machines.

Dr Arya Shabani
Post-Doctoral Research Associate

Arya is a research associate in Centre for autonomous robotics at the University of Bath. In 2021, I was awarded with the PhD degree in robotics and automatic control by polytechnic university of Catalonia. I conducted my PhD research in the institute of robotics and industrial informatics where I was a doctoral researcher in KYNODIN project funded by Spanish council for scientific research (CSIC). Before starting my PhD, I was a researcher in Iran neural technology centre for about two years. I received my MSc in mechatronics from university of Tehran in 2016. I was a research member of sport medicine and mechatronics lab at university of Tehran. In 2008, I obtained my BEng in electrical engineering from Azad university of Tehran. My research interests cover diverse topics in the area of robotics and biomechatronics due to my experiences in various disciplines. Particularly I focus on human-integrated robotic systems, AI based neural interfaces, soft wearable devices, kinematics and design and interval-based analysis. I have designed, fabricated and rendered handful of robots mostly for research purposes and also developed plenty of packages for kinematics of industrial manipulators in C++ and ROS.

Dr Jasmine Lightfoot
Research Associate

Jasmine is a research associate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath, investigating the application of machine learning to polymer systems for inline characterisation and prediction of process parameters in electrohydrodynamic (EHD) printing technologies. Jasmine completed her undergraduate Master’s degree in Chemistry at the University of Sheffield, researching the use of microporous organic polymers for carbon capture and storage. Her MRes and PhD projects in the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies at the University of Bath have focused on the experimental synthesis and 3D printing of novel bioderived polymers, and the prediction of material properties of sustainable polymer systems from computational simulation.

Dr Nael Berri
Research Associate

Nael is a post-doctoral research associate in the department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath. He will be investigating the use of eHD-3D novel technology to manufacture tissue scaffold products. Before joining Bath, he held a post-doc position at the Institute of Molecular Chemistry and Materials of Orsay at the Paris-Saclay University (project funded by the IAEA). He completed his MSc in biomaterial and tissue engineering and PhD in mechanical engineering at University College London (UCL). Nael is interested in the development of novel processing technologies for handling a wide range of materials that can be used for the development of tissue engineering scaffolds and/or biocoatings.

Prof Richie Gill
Project Co-investigator

Richie is Professor of Healthcare Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of Bath. He is Co-Vice Chair of the Centre for Therapeutic Innovation (CTI) and theme lead for Medical Devices and Imaging. He has over 30 years of experience in academia with particular expertise in biomechanics, musculoskeletal mechanics and orthopaedic devices. He has published more than 230 papers , holds 2 patents and has served as President of the British Orthopaedic Research Society (2017-2020), as well as vice-President of the European Orthopaedic Research Society (2015-2017).

Dr Sandhya Moise
Project Co-investigator

Sandhya is a lecturer in Chemical Engineering. A Cell and Tissue engineer by training, Sandhya's current research focus is on developing economically efficient bioprocess technologies for therapeutics manufacturing and on using exosomal biomarkers for early cancer detection.

Gorkem Anil Al
Research Assistant

Gorkem is a PhD student in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and the Centre for Autonomous Robotics (CENTAUR), the University of Bath, and the member of the inte-R-action Lab. During his PhD, he has worked on the development of a multimodal sensing module composed of distance, gesture and a custom-made tactile sensor, and employed the module controlling an industrial robot arm for a human-robot collaboration scenario. He received his MSc degree in Robotics from the University of Bristol, and Bristol Robotics Lab in 2017. His research interests include wearable devices, haptic technologies, robot sensing and perception, machine learning methods and human- robot interaction.

3D Metal Printing
Project Partner

3D Metal Printing is a UK MedTech company delivering leading-edge healthcare solutions. Our mission is to restore outstanding patient quality of life by continually innovating our range of precision-engineered custom-made medical devices for superior patient comfort. We create bespoke, complex geometries using additive manufacturing technology, an eco-sustainable process with low energy consumption and minimal material waste for significant improvements to healthcare providers. We support surgeons to achieve precise intervention with intuitive 3D surgical planning software and mixed-reality tools for an immersive experience. Driven by a set of core ethical values, our vision is to create a sustainable business model by making a positive societal impact. Our team consists of biomechanical engineers, software developers, academic researchers, and orthopaedic surgeons successfully collaborating with leading universities, hospitals and orthopaedic institutes across the UK and Europe.