Dr Kimia Witte

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

Biomedical Engineering


Chondrobags : a high throughput alginate-fibronectin micromass platform for in vitro human cartilage formation
Witte Kimia, de Andrés María C, Wells Julia, Dalby Matthew J, Salmeron-Sanchez Manuel, Oreffo Richard O C
Biofabrication Vol 12 (2020)
Bacteria-laden microgels as autonomous three-dimensional environments for stem cell engineering
Witte K, Rodrigo-Navarro A, Salmeron-Sanchez M
Materials Today Bio Vol 2 (2019)
Smart silk origami as eco-sensors for environmental pollution
Matthew Saphia A L, Egan Gemma, Witte Kimia, Kaewchuchuen Jirada, Phuagkhaopong Suttinee, Totten John D, Seib F Philipp
ACS Applied Bio Materials Vol 5, pp. 3658-3666 (2022)
Bioinspired and bioinstructive surfaces to control mesenchymal stem cells
Witte K, Luo J, Walker M, Cantini M, Seib F P, Salmeron-Sanchez M
Soft Matter for Biomedical Applications (2021) (2021)
Recent advances in engineered microbial technologies for the construction industry
Salifu Emmanuel, Gutteridge Fiona, Witte Kimia
Young Researchers' Forum V (2021)
Silk nanoparticle manufacture in semi-batch format
Matthew Saphia A L, Totten John D, Phuagkhaopong Suttinee, Egan Gemma, Witte Kimia, Perrie Yvonne, Seib F Philipp
ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering Vol 6, pp. 6748-6759 (2020)

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Research interests

As a neurodivergent (/autistic) researcher with a focus on the molecular mechanisms of neurodiversity, my top three research interests include:

- Examining the mechanosensitivity of connective tissues, particularly in the central nervous system.
- Investigating fluid mechanics at the micro scale and its impact on tissue development.
- Examining the cell-material interface for potential organoid engineering applications.

Other areas of interest that did not make it to the top three include:

- Evaluating the potential for nature-based design using micro-organisms.
- Improving our understanding of tissue and biofilm development.
- Re-examining the definition of composite organisms and their relationship with the environment.

With a background in fine art, design, engineering, and science, I am always open to engaging in thought-provoking conversations, regardless of whether your research interests align with mine.

Professional activities

University Of Strathclyde (Organisational unit)
StrathWide 2022
StrathWide 2021

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Developing novel non-invasive mechanosensitive toolkits for diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos syndromes
Domingo-Roca, Roger (Principal Investigator) Witte, Kimia (Principal Investigator) Williams, Jonathan (Principal Investigator) Macente, Alice (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 01-Jan-2023
Modelling the interkingdom dynamics between microbial communities in response to climate change
Baxter, Katherine (Co-investigator) Witte, Kimia (Co-investigator) Clark, Ruaridh (Co-investigator) Keating, Ciara (Co-investigator)
Topsoil microbial communities are key components of biogeochemical cycles and food production. This work looks to investigate the effect of elevated temperature on the dynamics of the soil microbial community from a Scottish Temperate Rainforest, and will use bioinformatics and environmental data to understand the effect of climate change on the network of microbial interactions. The project will also enhance public awareness through the creation of an interactive virtual map for schools and public display.
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2022
Mapping the spectrum: Creating the stiffness and elasticity spectrum of central nerve system’s extracellular matrix of individuals on the autism spectrum
Witte, Kimia (Principal Investigator) Mueller, Tanja (Co-investigator) Lu, Szu-Ching (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2022
De(Sci)gn e-magazine, VisNET Collaboration Fellowship
Witte, Kimia (Principal Investigator)
10-Jan-2021 - 10-Jan-2021
Development of a bio-interface for engineered growth of lichens as carbon-efficient coating for existing concrete facades
Witte, Kimia (Principal Investigator) Salifu, Emmanuel (Co-investigator) Gutteridge, Fiona (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2021

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