Dr Peter Childs

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Biomedical Engineering

Personal statement

I am a Chancellors Fellow within the Department of Biomedical Engineering. My research interests include the control of cell function/fate through applied mechanical stimulation and development of materials for tissue regeneration (cellular and acellular). Since 2012 I have been involved with a multidisciplinary collaboration using nano amplitude vibration to stimulate stem cell osteogenesis ('nanokicking'). This technology is now being translated towards clinic as an osteogenic cell therapy for orthopaedic repair. I have also been involved in the translation of implantable bioactive polymers for growth factor delivery ('HealiOst'). Previously I was awarded a Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship and have a keen interest in the clinical/commercial translation of cell engineering technologies.


Nanovibrational stimulation inhibits osteoclastogenesis and enhances osteogenesis in co-cultures
Kennedy John W, Tsimbouri Monica P, Campsie Paul, Sood Shatakshi, Childs Peter G, Reid Stuart, Young Peter S, Meek Dominic R M, Goodyear Carl S, Dalby Matthew J
Scientific Reports Vol 11 (2021)
The use of nanovibration to discover specific and potent bioactive metabolites that stimulate osteogenic differentiation in mesenchymal stem cells
Hodgkinson Thomas, Monica Tsimbouri P, Llopis-Hernandez Virginia, Campsie Paul, Scurr David, Childs Peter G, Phillips David, Donnelly Sam, Wells Julia, Salmerón-Sánchez Manuel, Burgess Karl E V, Alexander Morgan, Vassalli Massimo, Oreffo Richard, Reid Stuart, France David J, Dalby Matthew J
Science Advances Vol 7 (2021)
Hurdles to uptake of mesenchymal stem cells and their progenitors in therapeutic products
Childs Peter G, Reid Stuart, Salmeron-Sanchez Manuel, Dalby Matthew J
The Biochemical journal Vol 477, pp. 3349-3366 (2020)
Plasma polymerised nanoscale coatings of controlled thickness for efficient solid-phase presentation of growth factors
Alba-Perez Andres, Jayawarna Vineetha, Childs Peter G, Dalby Matthew J, Salmeron-Sanchez Manuel
Materials Science and Engineering C Vol 113 (2020)
Nanovibrational stimulation of mesenchymal stem cells induces therapeutic reactive oxygen species and inflammation for three-dimensional bone tissue engineering
Orapiriyakul Wich, Tsimbouri Monica P, Childs Peter, Campsie Paul, Wells Julia, Fernandez-Yague Marc A, Burgess Karl, Tanner K Elizabeth, Tassieri Manlio, Meek Dominic, Vassalli Massimo, Biggs Manus J P, Salmerón-Sánchez Manuel, Oreffo Richard O C, Reid Stuart, Dalby Matthew J
ACS Nano Vol 14, pp. 10027-10044 (2020)
Reduction of pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation through the application of nanoscale vibration
Robertson Shaun N, Childs Peter G, Akinbobola Ayorinde, Henriquez Fiona L, Ramage Gordon, Reid Stuart, Mackay William G, Williams Craig
Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering Vol 129, pp. 379-386 (2020)

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Professional activities

Therapeutic refinement of tissue engineered cellular implants for non-union fracture repair

More professional activities


Development of a new model of human vascular calcification
Wu, Junxi (Principal Investigator) Childs, Peter (Co-investigator)
15-Jan-2022 - 15-Jan-2022
Mechanobiology-based medicine
Childs, Peter (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
Selective stem cell engineering through tuned mechanical loads
Childs, Peter (Principal Investigator)
31-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2022
Doctoral Training Partnership 2020-2021 University of Strathclyde | Johnson-Love, Olivia
Campsie, Paul (Principal Investigator) Childs, Peter (Principal Investigator) Reid, Stuart (Co-investigator) Johnson-Love, Olivia (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2024
Healikick - A Combined Atmp Strategy To Supplement Critical Sized Bone Fracture Healing
Reid, Stuart (Principal Investigator) Childs, Peter (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2025

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Biomedical Engineering
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