Professor Nick Evans

Professor Nick Evans

Professor of Bioengineering

Accepting applications from PhD students.


Dr Nicholas Evans is 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 how materials and cells can be used to promote the repair and 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 Faculties of Engineering and Physical Sciences and 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 delivery of Wnt proteins in liposome carriers 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 (see Research pages), and collaborates with a number of other researchers in the UK and Europe.

He is currently Deputy Head of the School of Human Development and Health (one of 4 schools in the Faculty of Medicine), chairs the Scientific Advisory Committee for Wessex Medical Research, and has acted as committee member on several panels, most recent as core member of BBRSC Committee C. 

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