University of Hertfordshire

Dr David Chau PhD CEng CSci MIChemE


David originally trained as a chemical engineer before gaining an interest in biotechnology which resulted in the completion of a BEng and MSc, respectively, from the University of Birmingham. Thereafter, he gained his PhD under the guidance of Professor Martin Griffin (Nottingham Trent/Aston University) in the field of Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials which cumulated in the publication of several papers and the award of a worldwide patent. Following on, David pursued his research interests as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow under Professor Kevin Shakesheff (University of Nottingham) in Tissue Engineering/Advanced Drug Delivery before joining the Cell and Organism Engineering Laboratory of Professor Alan Tunnacliffe (University of Cambridge). He started his academic career as a Lecturer in Pharmaceutics and Drug Delivery at the University of Hertfordshire in 2013.



David's research interest focuses on biotechnology- the application of the life sciences to the fields of engineering, medicine and technology- in particular their application to regenerative medicine and drug delivery.

Previous research has focused on tissue engineering and biomaterial development with emphasis on skin, the eye and the brain. In each of these cases, a combination of traditional and novel techniques/technologies were used to develop in vivo-like tissues constructs for therapeutic applications. In addition, diseased states as well as immune-responsive models were also developed and exploited for drug screening applications, disease characterization, and the optimization of (drug) formulations. Current interests include the development of novel (bio)mimetic materials, high-throughput screening technology, microfluidics, organ-on-a-chip technology as well as the development of a desiccation-tolerant mammalian cell line.

David is a firm believer of the concept of “to make things better, you first need to know how it works” and the application of “benchside-to-bedside” technology. As such, he aims to build upon his expertise in tissue engineering, pharmaceutics and bioprocessing to further his knowledge of (drug) formulation, novel therapeutic manufacturing and the development of enhanced cell culture models.


Indicators of Esteem

2018 – : Daphne Jackson Fellowship Assessment Panel Member                     

2018 – : NC3Rs CRACK-IT Solutions Funding Assessment Panel Member

2017 – : The Science Council Registration Assessor

2017 – : NC3Rs Training Fellowship Funding Assessment Panel Member

2015 – : Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

2013 – : Chartered Engineer (CEng)

2013 – : Chartered Scientist (CSci)            

2013 – : Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (MIChemE)

External PhD examiner (University of Nottingham, Aston University, UCL)


University Roles

Senior Lecturer in MPharm in Pharmacy, MSc and BSc Pharmaceutical Science

Deputy Programme Tutor for BSc Pharmaceutical Science

Admissions Tutor for BSc Pharmaceutical Science

Year 2 Lead for BSc Pharmaceutical Science

Personal Development Tutor




Regenerative Medicine, Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials, Drug Delivery

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