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Sharlayne Waller

Current Position          DPhil Student

College                       Wolfson College

Supervisor                  Dr. Hua (Cathy) Ye             

Contact Information    Institute of Biomedical Engineering,

                                   Department of Engineering Science,

                                   University of Oxford, OX37DQ, UK


Research Interests

3D tissue construction and imaging (nerves, lungs, skin), biomaterial-cell interaction (neurons), bioreactor development (lung lobes).




Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering (Yale University, USA, 2014)


Work Experience:

2.5 month summer research assistant: investigated a novel DNA separation technique (Yale University, USA, 2011)

1 month summer research assistant: demonstrated the effect of a low and high glycaemic index diet on diabetic and wildtype mice (Scientific Research Council, Jamaica, 2014)

2 month demonstrating assistant: assisted in teaching during the lab sessions for the Tissue Engineering Coursework Module (University of Oxford, UK, 2015, 2016, 2017)


Awards and Scholarships

CRMI Studentship – Awarded to fund completion of a DPhil in the Oxford Tissue Engineering Group at the University of Oxford (2015)

Jamaica Scholarship (Female) – Awarded to the top Jamaican female performer in the national advanced proficiency examinations to fund study at the tertiary level (2010)



Book Chapter:

Julian H. George, Sharlayne T. Waller, Hua Ye (2017) 4.13 Use and Manipulation of Microporous Membranes in Mammalian Cell Cultures. In: Drioli, E., Giorno, L., and Fontananova, E. (eds.), Comprehensive Membrane Science and and Engineering, second edition. vol. 4, pp. 272–292. Oxford: Elsevier.


Conference Presentations:

“Hydrogel granular microstructure used to improve 3D neural network connectivity”, 2nd Theodore von Kármán – Discussion Conference on Materials for Life (Bensberg, Germany, April 2018)

“Development of Laser Machined and Hydrofluoric Acid Etched Funnel-shaped Glass Pores to Facilitate Directed Growth of Neural Networks.” TERMIS (Davos, Switzerland, June 2017)

“How to Build a Brain: Engineering microscale features to control neural network patterning and connectivity”, Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Event (Oxford, UK, June 2015)

“Using Scanning Electron Microscopy at the Oxford Centre for Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing”, Oxford LIMA New Users Conference (Oxford, UK, March 2015)



CRMI Studentship (2015 – Present)



Martin Booth, Patrick Salter, Bangshan Sun (Dynamic Optics and Photonics group, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, OX13PJ, UK)