Annie and Khaow publish paper on nanofibrous hydrogel composites

Previous Oyen Lab PhD student Khaow Tonsomboon and current student Annabel Butcher have published a new paper: Strong and tough nanofibrous hydrogel composites based on biomimetic principles. They show that reinforcing hydrogels with aligned nanofibres can increases the strength by…

🐾 David's new publication on how climbing animals control adhesion 🐾

OyenLab postdoc David Labonte and Walter Federle from the Cambridge University Zoology department have published a new paper; Biomechanics of shear-sensitive adhesion in climbing animals: peeling, pre-tension and sliding-induced changes in interface strength. They report that control of adhesion is not solely achieved…

Yassen reaches the SB3C conference PhD student competition final

Congratulations to Yassen who had a podium presentation at the 2016 SB3C conference in Washington DC. He was a finalist at the very competitive PhD student competition. The conference is one of the largest meetings of bioengineers from academia, industry…

Romina’s paper on front cover of the journal Placenta.

Congratulations to Romina who’s paper has been put on the front cover of the most recent issue of Placenta. Her paper titled, ‘Three-dimensional modelling of human placental Terminal Villi” describes the reconstruction of placental villi geometries and modelling using multi physics simulation….

Romina has published further work on placental modelling

Placental transport is the main factor affecting the health and development of the fetus. Due to the placenta’s geometrical and mathematical complexity, the structure-function relations of placental terminal villi have not been successfully modeled. Hence, a novel modeling approach is…

Michelle at the Cambridge Science Festival

The Cambridge Science festival is one of the largest public engagement events run by the university every spring. This year, Michelle gave a talk on biomimetic materials and how they can be used to build our future cities. To coincide with…

David's much discussed article on the importance of scaling for animal adhesion

The press release on OyenLab member David Labonte’s recent article bodes ill for Marvel comic lovers. “Our study emphasises the importance of scaling for animal adhesion, and scaling is also essential for improving the performance of adhesives over much larger areas….

Romina recently published a paper on methods widely used to assess the risk of complications during pregnancy

Romina’s recently published paper in Placenta, ‘The relationship between human placental morphometry and ultrasonic measurements of utero-placental blood flow and fetal growth’ can be found here.  

LEGO Group board members visit the Oyenlab

Board members from the Danish Toy company LEGO and the LEGO foundation paid a visit to the Oyenlab. They were given a demonstration of how LEGO was used by the lab to make bone-like composites.  A paper describing this process was published…

David's recent article on the function of the fluid found on insects’ feet

How the stick insect sticks (and unsticks) itself. New research shows the fluid found on insects’ feet does not help them adhere to vertical and inverted surfaces, as previously thought, but may in fact help them to unstick their feet…

Peristaltic pumps are commonly used for dispensing and metering liquids. They are useful for pumping fluids in closed systems and biological work where there is no direct contact between the pump and the liquid. A disadvantage of peristaltic pumps is the pulsatility…

Michelle's contribution on synthetic cast whiskers reaches local news

Cambridge News interviewed Michelle this week on the potential of cat whiskers for use in surgery. Find the article here. 

Michelle’s recent contribution on biomimetic sensing and whiskers

Artificial whiskers could inspire future instruments to aid keyhole surgery Michelle Oyen, University of Cambridge The image of a cat’s quivering whiskers has always been suggestive of an animal with a sixth sense. Now scientists are experimenting with robo-whiskers, synthetic…

Michelle on Thomas Young’s surprising contribution to biomechanics

Check out Michelle’s recent contribution to The Royal Societies scientific blog.  

Congratulations Khaow!

Congratulations to Khaow on the successful  defence of his thesis on Corneal Tissue Engineering. We would all like to like to take this opportunity to wish him all the best for the future!

2014 Biomaterials Society Young Investigator Award

Recently the group of Assistant Prof. Brendan Harley at the University of Illinois published a paper on collagen biomaterials with collaborative contributions regarding mechanical testing from the Oyenlab. Dr Harley with that paper then went on to win an award in the…

A temporary farewell to longtime member Oliver Armitage who has gone to work in the Biomimetic Materials Laboratory headed by Associate Prof. Francois Barthelat at McGill University. He will be gone for six months while he studies the microstructure of Antler at…

We have visitors

Annabelle Chan from the biomedical engineering group at the University of Sydney is visiting us here in the Oyenlab for six months. She is working on developing a system to fabricate patient specific implants rapidly. Custom-made implants often result in shorter…