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Dr Nicholas Evans PhD

Associate Professor in Bioengineering

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Dr Nicholas Evans is Associate Professor in Bioengineering with a joint appointment between the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

My research focuses on stem cells, nanotechnology and how materials can be used to promote the regeneration of damaged or diseased tissues.

Nick was appointed as a lecturer in Bioengineering at Southampton University in January 2011. He holds a dual appointment between the Engineering and Physical Sciences and the Medicine, where he is based in the Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine.

He completed a PhD at King's College under the supervision of Prof John Pickup, where he researched techniques in fluorescence spectroscopy for tracking metabolism in cells by using their natural fluorescence. After experiencing some of the excitement of stem cell biology, he worked as an MRC postdoctoral fellow at Imperial College researching the effects of extracellular matrix on the differentiation of embryonic stem cells. He then took a postdoctoral position at Stanford University to study how a molecular pathway, called the Wnt signalling pathway, could be used to promote wound healing, before his appointment at Southampton.

He now leads a research team working on several aspects of regenerative medicine relating to bone and skin, and collaborates with a number of other researchers in the UK and Europe.

He teaches on the University’s Bachelor of Medicine and Masters of Engineering courses, and regularly explains his research to schools in the local area through the University’s outreach programmes and co-organises a residential workshop for school students on biomedical engineering with the Smallpeice Trust.

Nick has a personal website:

Education/Career history

BSc(Hons) Biology, Nottingham University (1998)

PhD Biophysics and Diabetes, King's College, London (2004)

Postdoctoral work at Imperial College and Stanford University

Appointed lecturer, Southampton University (2011)

Research interests

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Research in our labs focusses on regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine is an area of scientific research that aims to develop drugs and technologies that replace or improve the function of organs or tissues. Often disease or injury leads to permanent damage to the body. In many cases this can lead to the need for transplanted tissue, which may be in short supply or simply not available.



Lab work

By developing new nanomaterials, stem cells and new drugs, we hope to replace tissue, or to stimulate tissues to regenerate themselves. We are mainly interested in bone and skin repair.

We focus on two main areas of research – (1) nanomedicine and drug delivery and (2) mechanobiology. Please visit my website at to find out more about our current work, or click the publications tab to find out about our recent work.


Bioengineering Science

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Nick co-ordinates UOSM2031, an interdisciplinary module called ‘Engineering Replacement Body Parts’. Nick is also deputy module lead on the university’s Bachelor of Medicine Graduate programme (BM4) and teaches on a variety of modules in the Faculties of Medicine, Engineering and Physical Sciences, and Natural and Environmental Sciences.

Dr Nicholas Evans
Bone and Joint Group and Bioengineering Sciences Group
Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration
Room DSD05, IDS Building
University of Southampton, School of Medicine
Tremona Rd, Southampton SO16 6YD, England, UK
Tel: +44 (0)23 8077 7222 Ext. 3293

Room Number: SGH/IDS, Level D/MP887

Telephone:023 8120 5260

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