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.   



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Area of Expertise

Cardiovascular implants

Drug Delivery Technology

Non-invasvie monitoring of cells and tissues

Synthetic Artery Manufacture

Infection Prevention

Modelling Vascular Response to Injury

Prize And Awards

Scottish Crucible Award
Stirling Medical Award

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Novel polymeric heart valve for global heart valve disease
Kerr Monica, McCormick Christopher, Reid Stuart, Ben Yaala Marwa, Stewart Iain, McKee Sean, Oliveira Hugo, Wheatley David
Tenovus Scotland Research Symposium (2023)
Pioneering a novel synthetic heart valve
Kerr MM, McCormick C, Reid S, Stewart I, McKee S, Oliveira H, Wheatley DJ
BioMedEng2023 (2023)
Investigating multi-material hydrogel three-dimensional printing for in vitro representation of the neo-vasculature of solid tumours : a comprehensive mechanical analysis and assessment of nitric oxide release from human umbilical vein endothelial cells
Asciak Lisa, Gilmour Lauren, Williams Jonathan A, Foster Euan, Díaz-García Lara, McCormick Christopher, Windmill James F C, Mulvana Helen E, Jackson-Camargo Joseph C, Domingo-Roca Roger
Royal Society Open Science Vol 10 (2023)
An intricate interplay between stent drug dose and release rate dictates arterial restenosis
McQueen Alistair, Escuer Javier, Schmidt Andre Fensterseifer, Aggarwal Ankush, Kennedy Simon, McCormick Christopher, Oldroyd Keith G, McGinty Sean
Journal of Controlled Release Vol 349, pp. 992-1008 (2022)
Combining hyperspectral imaging and electrochemical sensing for detection of Pseudomonas aeruginosa through pyocyanin production
Dunphy R David, Lasserre Perrine, Riordan Lily, Duncan Katherine R R, McCormick Christopher, Murray Paul, Corrigan Damion K
Sensors and Diagnostics Vol 1, pp. 841-850 (2022)
How does fluid flow influence drug release from drug filled implants?
King David, McCormick Christopher, McGinty Sean
Pharmaceutical Research Vol 39, pp. 25-40 (2022)

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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.

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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

Scottish Cardiovascular Forum 2021
British Society for Cardiovascular Research
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

More professional activities


DTP 2224 University of Strathclyde | Seed, Elizabeth
McCormick, Christopher (Principal Investigator) Reid, Stuart (Co-investigator) Seed, Elizabeth (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2023 - 01-Jan-2027
Development of a functional organ-in-lab model of human vascular aging
Wu, Junxi (Principal Investigator) Sandison, Mairi (Co-investigator) McCormick, Christopher (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2025
EPSRC IAA: Towards Clinical Translation of the Wheatley Heart Valve
McCormick, Christopher (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2025
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
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Bradley, Craig
Sandison, Mairi (Principal Investigator) McCormick, Christopher (Co-investigator) Bradley, Craig (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022

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Dr Christopher McCormick
Senior Lecturer
Biomedical Engineering

Email: christopher.mccormick@strath.ac.uk
Tel: 548 3438