Dr Peter Childs

Senior Lecturer

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.

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Engineered surfaces that promote capture of latent proteins to facilitate integrin-mediated mechanical activation of growth factors
Dhawan Udesh, Williams Jonathan A, Windmill James F C, Childs Peter, Gonzalez-Garcia Cristina, Dalby Matthew J, Salmeron-Sanchez Manuel
Advanced Materials (2024)
Surface-modified piezoelectric copolymer poly(vinylidene fluoride–trifluoroethylene) supporting physiological extracellular matrixes to enhance mesenchymal stem cell adhesion for nanoscale mechanical stimulation
Donnelly Hannah, Sprott Mark R, Poudel Anup, Campsie Paul, Childs Peter, Reid Stuart, Salmerón-Sánchez Manuel, Biggs Manus, Dalby Matthew J
ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces Vol 15, pp. 50652-50662 (2023)
An engineered periosteum for efficient delivery of rhBMP-2 and mesenchymal progenitor cells during bone regeneration
Romero-Torrecilla Juan Antonio, Lamo-Espinosa José María, Ripalda-Cemboráin Purificación, López-Martínez Tania, Abizanda Gloria, Riera-Álvarez Luis, de Galarreta-Moriones Sergio Ruiz, López-Barberena Asier, Rodríguez-Flórez Naiara, Elizalde Reyes, Jayawarna Vineetha, Valdés-Fernández José, de Anleo Miguel Echanove-González, Childs Peter, de Juan-Pardo Elena, Salmeron-Sanchez Manuel, Prósper Felipe, Muiños-López Emma, Granero-Moltó Froilán
NPJ Regenerative Medicine Vol 8 (2023)
Nanovibrational stimulation of neuroblastoma cells to induce neurogenesis
Johnson-Love Olivia, Griffin Jon, Dalby Matthew J, Reid Stuart, Childs Peter
Scottish Neuroscience Group Meeting 2023 (2023)
Real time deformability cytometry for mechanically stimulated bone cells characterisation
Pereira Sousa Rui Pedro, Reid Stuart, Childs Peter, Jimenez Melanie
CYTO 2023 (2023)
Using nanovibrational stimulation to induce osteogenic, mechanical and morphological changes in MG63 cells
Johnson-Love Olivia, Dalby Matthew J, Reid Stuart, Childs Peter
European Calcified Tissue Society (ECTS) congress 2023 (2023)

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Professional Activities

Healikick clinical translation session
LifEtime CDT Dragon's Den
Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology (Journal)
Peer reviewer
UK Advanced Therapies Network meeting
PhD examination
Cellular Mechanotransduction: Using vibration to manufacture a cellular ATMP

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Mechanobiology-based medicine / Mechanomeds
Zagnoni, Michele (Principal Investigator) Childs, Peter (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 30-Jan-2028
Nanovibrational control of chondrogenic differentiation
Childs, Peter (Principal Investigator) Reid, Stuart (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 31-Jan-2026
EPSRC REA - Mechanosensitivity of osteoporotic stem cells for diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis
Childs, Peter (Principal Investigator) Jimenez, Melanie (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2026
DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Pereira Sousa, Rui Pedro
Childs, Peter (Principal Investigator) Jimenez, Melanie (Co-investigator) Pereira Sousa, Rui Pedro (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2026
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

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Dr Peter Childs
Senior Lecturer
Biomedical Engineering

Email: peter.childs@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 3114