Manus Biggs

Manus Biggs

Investigator

Dr Manus Biggs is a Science Foundation Ireland Starting Investigator under their SIRG programme. He has established a research programme in nanofabrication of electrically active biomaterials within the NFB. His research integrates material science, electronic engineering, top-down nanofabrication techniques and biological functionalization strategies in developing next generation biomaterials platforms.

Dr Biggs has developed electron-beam lithography fabricated materials to modulate cellular adhesion and function. Specifically these materials have been employed to regulate osteointegration of polymeric implants. Currently Dr Biggs is applying nanofabrication techniques to novel classes of electrically conducting polymers to enhance integration of implanted neuroelectrodes or promote functionality of the brain-computer interface.

He has developed tuneable electrically active scaffolds for bone and tendon regeneration through piezoelectric polymers and nanocomposites. Further, these materials have been employed to study fundimantal cellular process and the mechanistic processes of regeneration.

These platforms have been developed for neural and musculoskeletal clinical targets with orthopedic and cardiac targets currently under development.   

In 2014 Dr Biggs was awarded the UK Society for Biomaterials Larry Hench prize for outstanding contributions to the field of Biomaterials. In 2007 Dr Biggs was awarded the Society for Experimental Biology Young Scientist Award

Dr Biggs has published more than 30 papers in peer-reviewed journals and filed two patent applications.

Dr Biggs has been an Editorial Board Member for European Cells and Materials since 2011 and serves on the board of two grant review panels. He is leading a New Foundations Symposium at the upcoming World Biomaterials Congress, 2016, Montreal, Canada on “Engineering the Brain-Machine Interface”. Dr Biggs is also a member of the European Society for Biomaterials International Advisory Committee.

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