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Biomedical Microengineering Group

Applying micro and nanoengineering principles to understand and manipulate biology, creating new technologies for biomedical applications.

December 2015

  • Chris Balmer and Ian McKenzie presented 3D Bioprinting and 3D Scanning at the illumiNations: Scottish Closing Ceremony for the International Year of Light 2015. School students and the general public were able to be scanned and to watch demonstations of a 3D Bioprinter working. 


  • November 2015

  • Mr Pan Xinchun, the Chinese Consul General and his wife Mme Yu Zhili visited Heriot-Watt University to see the ground breaking research being done in 3D cell printing.


  • October 2015

  • The group presented some of their most cutting-edge work to guest alumni and Baillie Gifford staff at Ctrl + P: 3D Organ Printing, an event organised by the Development & Alumni Relations Office in association with the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, showcasing how collaboration between universities and industry can work to the advantage of both, as well as providing genuine life-changing opportunities to the general public.

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  • The first Bioprinting of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) work in collaboration with Roslin Cellab has been published in a special issue of Biofabrication Journal and featured by Heriot-Watt University News, BBC News, Scotsman, Herald Scotland, NC3Rs, (blog),, The National.


  • Congratulations to Dr. Alan Faulkner-Jones for receiving the Thesis Prize 2015 from the Head of EPS.


  • September 2015

  • Our bioprinting research is featured in the Medicine Maker: "Bioprinting Better Drug Development". Full issue here.

  • August 2015

  • Congratulations to Dirk-Jan Cornelissen and Atabak Ghanizadeh Tabriz for winning first and second prizes of Poster Presentation Awards at the IMPEE Early Career Researcher Conference. 


  • June 2015

  • Congratulations to Dirk-Jan Cornelissen on winning the poster prize at Heriot-Watts 10th Annual Postgraduate Research Conference. 

  • Congratulations to Dr. Steven Hammer and Daniel Good (University of Edinburgh) for winning the Elevator Pitch round of the 2015 Converge Challenge which took place on the 2nd of June at Symposium Hall, Edinburgh.


  • Dr. Shu gave an invited talk at Advances in Cell and Tissue Culture Conference, Pisa, Italy.

  • May 2015

  • Dr. Alan Faulkner-Jones and Chris Balmer demonstrated the new Bioprinter at the 3Dprintshow 2015 in London, UK. Alan also gave an invited talk at the 3Dprintshow as part of the medical symposium. News Links: International Business TimesBBC Click, Fabaloo.


  • April 2015

  • Dr. Alan Faulkner-Jones gave an invited talk at The Manufacturer's Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing conference on the technology behind bioprinting.

  • March 2015

  • The group was invited to exhibit at The Science Museum (London) Lates: Life Upgraded event. Three of our bioprinters were demonstrated to the public and gathered much interest and comment.

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  • First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Deputy First Minister John Swinney visited Heriot-Watt University to see the cutting edge research and equipment in the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering. The Biomedical Microengineering Group showcased our latest 3D bioprinters.

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  • Dr. Will Shu gave an invited talk at Oxford University.

  • February 2015

  • Congratulations to Alan Faulkner-Jones for successful passing of his PhD viva.

  • 3D Bioprinting of DNA smart hydrogel has been featured by Nature and Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

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  • Dr. Will Shu gave invited talks at Innovate UK/NC3Rs consortia workshops for Non-Animal Technologies in Edinburgh and at Keele University.

  • January 2015

  • Dr. Shu is elected as an editorial board member of the Institute of Physics' “Biofabrication” journal, the official journal of the International Society for Biofabrication (ISBF).

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