The incredible performance of biological materials, far beyond that of synthetic constructs, is underpinned by a complex and finely balanced structure. As a group, we use advanced experimental and computational tools to understand these structure-property-function relationships in a range of biomedical materials. These include biological materials such as spider silk and ivory, human cells and tissues, and the synthetic materials and surfaces used in medicine.

In addition to basic science research, the group is heavily involved in a number of translational activities, including the development of nano/microrockets for surgery, new optics-based diagnostic devices, scalable nanostructured surfaces and 3D constructs for regenerative medicine, new tools and approaches for knee surgery, and automated analysis/interpretation techniques for MRI.