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Dr Brian G Cousins

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Senior Lecturer in Biomaterials & Nanoscience

 

Dr Brian G. Cousins is an experienced scientist whose research activities are multidisciplinary in nature working at the interface of materials, life science (biology) and medicine to develop next generation biomaterials for medical applications. His research activities include the development and modification of vascular biomaterials to optimise cell-material interactions. Within this activity, he has a keen interest in nanoscience, as well as, responsive materials for controlled release, targeted delivery, biosensing and strategies to guide tissue repair and regeneration.

Dr Cousins was awarded a BSc (Hons) degree in Biochemistry in 2000 followed by an MRes in Physical Analysis of Biological Interactions at Surfaces at the University of Liverpool (2001). He joined a team of multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers and clinicians in the Department of Clinical Engineering, UoL sponsored by an EPSRC Impact Faraday CASE studentship and Giltech Ltd (Ayr, Scotland). This led to the development of novel electrostatic coatings using nanoparticles to modulate cell behaviour of biomaterials for ocular and orthopaedic applications, as well as, strategies towards the prevention of biofilm formation to minimise infection of medical devices, which led to a PDRA post sponsored by the MRC (2004). He later joined INEX in Newcastle University to study chemical modification and biomimetic neural electrode interfaces for Cochlear® devices to help restore hearing loss (2005). This led him to the University of Manchester (2006) to study carbon nanomaterials and peptide nanotechnology for biomedical applications. In 2009, he joined University College London in the Centre for Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine as a Research Fellow to study the haemocompatibility and endothelialisation of vascular nanocomposites for bypass grafts leading to pre-clinical studies under GLP. He was appointed Lecturer in 2010 followed by promotion to Senior Lecturer in 2015. 

In June 2018, Dr Cousins was appointed Senior Lecturer at Loughborough University where his current research focusses on the development of pre-polymers incorporating antibody capture technology and nano-island coatings to enhance endothelialisation of small diameter stents, as well as, modelling electrotherapy for wound healing, 3D bioprinting to nanofacture materials, and nanosensing toxic heavy metal ions as a measure of implant failure to explore the nano-bio interface in collaboration with scientists from India. Dr Cousins has attracted external funds from the EPSRC, Newton-Bhabba, British Council and UK Charities in collaboration with scientist, engineers and clinicians from the NHS, as well as, UK industry. He is experienced in the development of biomaterials for pre-clinical studies and steps leading towards translation bringing them closer to market.

  • Novel coatings systems
  • Biomimetic tissue-implant interfaces
  • Polymeric biomaterials
  • Controlled release systems
  • Nanomaterials (Colloids)
  • Electroactive materials
  • Cell-nanomaterial interactions
  • Chemical and biological sensing
  • Member of the European Society for Biomaterials

Teaching:

  • Course and Admissions Tutor in Natural Sciences
  • 18CMP059 - Pharmacokinetics and Drug Metabolism
  • 18CMD401 - Drugs: Modes of Action & Screening
  • 18CMP063 - Professional Skills and Dissertation
  • 18CMP056 - Research Training Projects

Current PhD Students

  • Elena Zattera
  • Kathleen Traver
  • Jerome Hunckler