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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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)
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 (2023)
Real time deformability cytometry for mechanically stimulated bone cells characterisation
Pereira Sousa Rui Pedro, Reid Stuart, Childs Peter, Jimenez Melanie
CYTO 2023 (2023)
Mechanosensitivity and deformability of mechanically stimulated bone cells
Pereira Sousa Rui Pedro, Jimenez Melanie, Reid Stuart, Childs Peter
Physics of Life 2023 (2023)
Bioengineering an osteoinductive treatment for bone healing disorders : a small animal case series
Marshall William G, Gonzalez-Garcia Cristina, Trujillo Sara, Alba-Perez Andres, Childs Peter, Shields David W, Tomlinson Andrew, Pettitt Rob, Filliquist Barbro, Chou Po-Yen, Dalby Matthew J, Corr Sandra A, Salmeron-Sanchez Manuel
VCOT Open Vol 6, pp. e41-e51 (2023)
Tissue engineered mimetic periosteum for efficient delivery of rhBMP-2
Romero-Torrecilla Juan Antonio, Muinos-Lopez Emma, Valdés-Fernández José, López-Martínez Tania, Ripalda-Cemboráin Purificación, Jayawarna Vineetha, Childs Peter, Salmeron-Sanchez Manuel, Prósper Felipe, Granero-Moltó Froilán
49th European Calcified Tissue Society Congress (2022)

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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
BRAINS Strathclyde Centre for Doctoral Training
MacKenzie, Lewis (Principal Investigator) Childs, Peter (Principal Investigator) Witte, Kimia (Principal Investigator) Jimenez, Melanie (Principal Investigator) Chow, Shiao (Principal Investigator) Fu, Ying (Principal Investigator) Gomez-Roman, Natividad (Principal Investigator) Fazio, Mariana (Principal Investigator) Reid, Andrew Baxter (Principal Investigator)
Centre for Doctoral Training in Bridging Research and Advancements in Neurological Sciences (BRAINS). First cohort of PhD students starting autumn 2023.
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
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
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

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Dr Peter Childs
Senior Lecturer
Biomedical Engineering

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