Head of Mechanical Engineering & Mechatronics Associate Dean of the School of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics
University of Dundee, UK
Dr. Robert Keatch is currently the Head of the Division of Mechanical Engineering & Mechatronics and Associate Dean of the School of Engineering, Physics and Mathematics at the University of Dundee. He is the Director of the multi-disciplinary Bio-Engineering Research Group at the Dundee University Tissue Engineering Centre (DUTEC) whose principal objective is to promote cross-disciplinary interaction between Engineering, Life Sciences, Mathematics, and Medicine, with a research focus on generating complex 3D scaffolds used in wound healing, surface and materials modulation, and modelling. In particular this includes pivotal work on the synthesis and development of novel biocompatible scaffolds to use as in-vitro assays for fundamental studies of cell behaviour such as cell adhesion, proliferation, migration and signalling.
He has extensive expertise in microengineering, fabrication techniques, materials and biomechanics and has applied his research interests to cover a wide range of biomedical activities, from designing miniature medical devices to investigating complex cell behaviour on microfabricated 3D structures.