Dr Christopher McCormick

Senior Lecturer

Biomedical Engineering

Personal statement

I am a Senior Lecturer within the Biomedical Engineering Department.  I lead a multidisciplinary research team focused on the development of enhanced medical implants.    All of my research is carried out in collaoboration with academic colleagues drawn from pharmacology, chemistry, mathematics and engineering, and I have collaborations with a number of clinical groups and industry partners to help advance the more applied aspects of my programme.   




Parallel development and characterisation of an anti-oxidant stent coating and an in vitro biological model for qualitative assessment
Longhorn Daniel, Currie Susan, McCormick Christopher
Heart Vol 106 (2020)
Development of a bioactive polymeric drug eluting coronary stent coating using electrospraying
McKittrick C M, Cardona M J, Black R A, McCormick C
Annals of Biomedical Engineering Vol 48, pp. 271-281 (2020)
Combining mathematical modelling with in vitro experiments to predict in vivo drug-eluting stent performance
McKittrick Craig M, McKee Sean, Kennedy Simon, Oldroyd Keith, Wheel Marcus, Pontrelli Giuseppe, Dixon Simon, McGinty Sean, McCormick Christopher
Journal of Controlled Release Vol 303, pp. 151-161 (2019)
Release and activity of the broad spectrum antibiotic Rifampicin from biodegradable polymer PLGA
McCormick Christopher
3rd Edition of Global Conference on Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery Systems (2019)
Optimisation of a cell-based model for the characterisation of novel drug-free stent coatings
Longhorn Daniel, McCormick Christopher, Currie Susan
Scottish Cardiovascular Forum 2019 (2019)
Asymptotic analysis of drug dissolution in two layers having widely differing diffusivities
Vynnycky Michael, McKee Sean, Meere Martin, McCormick Christopher, McGinty Sean
IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics (2019)

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I am the Director of the MSc Biomedical Engineering Programme.  I also teach on a variety of modules within the MSc/MEng/BEng Biomedical Engineering degree programmes.  My current contributions include:


BE911 Engineering Science (Module Coordinator and Lecturer)

BE919 Research Methodology (Module Coordinator and Lecturer)

BE903 Cardiovascular Devices (Coronary Stents and Vascular Grafts lectures)

BE901 Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering (Module Coordinator and Lecturer)

BE101 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (Module Coordinator and Lecturer)

I also supervise final year undergraduate research projects and MSc projects.

Research interests

I have a number of research interests which range from basic to applied research.  My current focus is on the development of cardiovascular and orthopaedic medical implants, which resist infection and integrate effectively with the surrounding cells and tissue. I am currently investigating the role that advanced polymer materials, novel drug delivery technologies, and intelligent monitoring systems have to play in this.  Of particular interest to me is the role that endogenous healing responses play in implant performance and how these might be modulated using regenerative medicine type approaches.  We are also exploring the mechanisms governing biofilm formation on medical implants and investigating how these might be inhibited through novel surface coatings. All of my research is carried out in multidisciplinary teams, with academic colleagues drawn from pharmacology, chemistry, mathematics and engineering, and I have collaborations with a number of clinical groups and industry partners to help advance the more applied aspects of my programme.   

Professional activities

Tissue Engineered Vascular Grafts: Challenges and Opportunities
Modelling & Experiments in Drug Delivery Systems
Member of programme committee
Optimising Coronary Stent Design: a multidisciplinary challenge
PhD External Examiner
Optimising drug release from coronary stents: a multidisciplinary challenge
The challenges of drug-eluting stent development: what insights can cell and tissue engineering provide?

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University of Strathclyde Interdisciplinary Centre for Doctoral Training in Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)
Corrigan, Damion (Co-investigator) Duncan, Katherine (Co-investigator) McCormick, Christopher (Co-investigator) Murray, Paul (Co-investigator) Dunphy, Raymond David (Post Grad Student) Riordan, Lily (Post Grad Student) Lasserre, Perrine (Post Grad Student)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2023
Advanced Manufacturing for Vascular Grafts
McCormick, Christopher (Principal Investigator) Shu, Will (Co-investigator)
03-Jan-2018 - 02-Jan-2022
EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Power Networks and Smart Grids | Macdonald, Alexander
Corrigan, Damion (Principal Investigator) McCormick, Christopher (Co-investigator) Sakata, Shuzo (Co-investigator) Macdonald, Alexander (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022
Advanced Manufacturing Technologies for Blood Vessels
McCormick, Christopher (Principal Investigator) Shu, Will (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2021
Fast-tracking Health Innovation for NHS Scotland. MRC Confidence in Concept / R180246-105
McCormick, Christopher (Principal Investigator) McKittrick, Craig (Researcher)
01-Jan-2018 - 28-Jan-2020
Modelling Arterial Healing: a feasibility study
McCormick, Christopher (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2018

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Biomedical Engineering
Graham Hills Building

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