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Malavika Nair MA MSci PhD (Cantab) AFHEA

Associate Professor of Biomaterials

Non-Tutorial Fellow at St Catherine's College


Malavika Nair is an Associate Professor in Biomaterials at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. Malavika is a materials scientist by training, obtaining a BA, MSci in Natural Sciences (2012-2016) and a PhD (2016-2019) from the University of Cambridge. Malavika's doctoral work was focused on the multiscale characterisation of ice, collagen, and ice-templated collagen scaffolds for tissue engineering.

This was followed by post-doctoral research in 2020 combining machine learning techniques with experimental biomaterials datasets, and the award of a research fellowship at Emmanuel College where Malavika began working on electroactive biomaterials for tissue regeneration.

In 2022, Malavika moved to the Oxford Institute of Biomedical Engineering to expand the work on electroactive biomaterials for use in bio-stimulation, bio-sensing and drug delivery.

Research Interests

Malavika's research aims to bridge the gap between existing electronic devices for healthcare, and regenerative implants by exploiting the electromechanical behaviour of biopolymers.

The current research focus covers the full scope of materials synthesis and discovery, with the goal of producing medical devices with optimised electromechanical and biological responses.


DPhil and Postdoc Opportunities

The studentships currently available on offer under Malavika's supervision are listed below:

DPhil students looking to join the research team outside of the advertised studentship are very welcome. Please get in touch directly to discuss opportunities.