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Professor Nicola Tirelli (PhD, FRSC) - personal details

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Professor Nicola Tirelli

Role: Professor of Polymers and Biomaterials

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 2480


Stopford Building, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PT

Centre for Tissue Injury & Repair &  Manchester Pharmacy School


Telephone: +44 (0)161 306 3636 (Materials)




Since August 2010, Professor Nicola Tirelli has held  a joint appointment as a Professor of Polymers and Biomaterials in the School of Biomedicine, now Institute of Inflammation & Repair (MHS) and in the School of Materials (EPS). He joined The University of Manchester in December 2004 as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences. He was promoted  to Chair of Polymers and Biomaterials in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2005. Previously, he was Oberassistent, a position largely analogous to that of a Lecturer, at the ETH Zurich, Department of Materials, Institute of Biomedical Engineering headed at the time by Jeff Hubbell (12/98-12/02).


2005: EPSRC Advanced Research Fellow

2004: Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (endowed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research).

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry

Member of the American Chemical Society


1996 – PhD in Industrial Chemistry, University of Pisa (Italy)

1992 – Italian “Laurea” (cum laude) – Master in Chemistry, University of Pisa (Italy)


Member of the Executive Advisory Board of the Wiley-VCH Macromolecular journals, and of the advisory board for Reactive & Functional Polymers (2006-2012 Editor-in-Chief for the journal)


Undergraduate: Clinical Applications in Biomaterials (3rd year and 4th year, course of Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering), Polymer Characterisation (2nd year, courses of Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering)

Postgraduate: various lectures in the CDT in Graphene NowNano, CDT in Regenerative Medicine, MRes in Tissue Regeneration, MSc in Biomaterials