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Professor Sheila MacNeil

Key Areas of Expertise:

Soft tissue engineering:

Skin

Burns

Urethra

Cornea

Sheila MacNeil is Professor of Tissue Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.  She is also the academic lead for the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Group based within the Kroto Research Institute.

Sheila MacNeil is Professor of Tissue Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. She has an undergraduate degree in physiology from the University of Aberdeen and a doctorate on the endocrinology of manic depression from the Medical School of the University of Sheffield. After a long career within the Medical School she joined the Department of Engineering Materials in 2000 and is academic lead for the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Group based within the Kroto Research Institute.

She is currently Director of the Interdisciplinary Programmes Office for the Faculty of Engineering (from February 2010) and the Sheffield lead for an EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (a DTC held between three Universities, Leeds, Sheffield and York) from 2008.

She has previously been Deputy Director of the Kroto Research Institute (from 2005 to 2009) and Director of the University Centre for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering from 2002 to 2009, promoting interdisciplinary research between engineering, physical sciences and life sciences (see http://www.cbte.group.shef.ac.uk/). She was also a founding Director of the University of Sheffield spin-out company, CellTran Limited from 2000 to 2007.

Research Interests

Her research focuses on developing tissue engineering which will benefit patients, alongside fundamental work to develop new understanding and tools in the area of tissue engineering. Her primary research interests are in tissue engineering of soft tissues – skin, oral mucosa, urethra and cornea, with a strong focus on translating research for clinical benefit. Her group have a long history of working with clinical NHS colleagues using tissue engineered skin to benefit burns patients (from 1992) and more recently patients with chronic ulcers (2004) and patients requiring reconstructive surgery of the urethra (from 2007). Additionally she has developed 3D tissue engineered models used to study a wide range of normal and abnormal conditions spanning wound healing, skin contracture, pigmentation, melanoma invasion, angiogenesis, bacterial infection and skin sensitisation.

Professor Sheila MacNeil BSc, PhD Professor of Tissue Engineering Address: The Kroto Research Institute North Campus University of Sheffield Broad Lane Sheffield S3 7HQ

Telephone: +44 (0) 114 222 5995

Fax: +44 (0) 114 222 5943

Email: s.macneil@sheffield.ac.uk

For further information please visit: Kroto Research Institute