Imperial College London DEPARTMENT OF BIOENGINEERING
Helena's fellowship starts
January 06, 2020
Helena is now a Techcelerate fellow, with the Enterprise lab at Imperial College. For the next 4 months she will learn entrepreneurship skills, and determine how to take her therapeutic for wound closure from bench to bedside.
Higgins Lab on the TV
December 10, 2019
Really thrilled to be featured in the 1st episode of this 6 part series on BBC called Secrets of Skin, hosted by the brilliant Ben Garrod. The episode we were in, titled Adaptation, features our work on foot skin, explaining how it has adapted to its' extreme loading environment.
New paper alert
November 07, 2019
Helena published her PhD thesis work, in which she identified a cytokine which can accelerate wound closure in human skin in vitro and ex vivo. We hope to use this to engineer bandages which accelerate healing of skin after injury.
New paper alert
October 09, 2019
Colin published his postdoctoral work looking at what enables skin on the soles of our feet to withstand their extreme environment. We aim to use the knowledge of how sole skin tolerates its extreme environment to design more robust skin substitutes and perhaps even augment our skin to resist injuries
Helena now has her PhD!
April 16, 2018
Helena Topouzi, the Higgins lab's first student, successfully defended her thesis on the 'Role of fibroblasts in human skin homeostasis' yesterday. She is now Dr Topouzi. Congratulations!
New Lab members
October 10, 2017
Charlie, Summik and Julià joined the lab to conduct their PhD studies. We went to the Queens Arms for lunch to celebrate our expansion :).
Christmas dinner 2016
December 08, 2016
We went out for our lab Christmas dinner last night, and had a great three course meal at Le Mercury in Islington.
Martina is back to visit
December 05, 2016
Martina Ghetti, a PhD student at the University of Bologna is back this week in our lab :-). Martina spent 4 months with us earlier in the year, when her lab focus was to characterise the extracellular matrix which is deposited by different sub-populations of fibroblasts in the skin. She is back this week to take some final confocal images to go in her paper.
Colin joins the lab
November 22, 2016
Dr Colin Boyle is a new postdoctoral researcher who joined the lab today to work on a 3 yr project funded by the EPSRC. See the people pages for more information about him and his project.
Charles joins the lab
October 09, 2016
Charles Dench is a 4th yr MEng student in Bioengineering who joined the lab today for his final year project. He will be researching the mechanisms of Heterotopic Ossificiation after burns.
Nick and Magda join the lab
October 02, 2016
Nick and Magda are new PhD students who joined the Higgins lab today. We had a lab lunch to welcome them to the group. See the people pages for more information about Nick and Magda, and their projects.