Imperial College London

DrArmandoDel Rio Hernandez

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 5187a.del-rio-hernandez




308Bessemer BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Other, BE1-HWLS-Wet lab skills. (Undergraduate)

MRes Bioengineering Journal Club - BE9-MRBJC


The journal club helps students to develop two key skills: to read research papers and to develop critical thinking.  Students will discuss and give presentations on selected key papers from the breadth of the bioengineering field.  The papers will be carefully chosen and given to students in advance.


Course Leader

Cellular and Molecular Mechanotransduction - BE9-MCMM



To introduce the application of engineering principles and approaches towards the study of biomechanics and mechanotransduction in biology, bridging between the molecular, cellular, and tissue level scales, as relevant for biology, physiology, and medicine.

This includes a comprehensive and advanced analysis of cell function with emphasis in sub-cellular structures and functions involved in the processes by which cells transform mechanical stimuli into biochemical signalling. The course will also explore how mechanical forces affect the interaction of molecules.

Specific Aims:

  1. To enable analysis of how mechanical forces regulate biological and physiological function
  2. To understand mechanotransduction in physiological and pathological scenarios
  3. To allow understanding of the techniques recently developed to mechanically manipulate biological entities
  4. To understand the effect of mechanical forces over multiple length scales, bridging molecular, cellular and tissue-level biomechanics.


Course Leader

Molecules, Cells and Processes - BE1-HMCP



This course will introduce the underlying molecular basis of cellular and sub-cellular processes in cells, with special emphasis for engineers. It will discuss these parts of the underlying theory that enables an engineer to better interpret literature and models of cells. 

Topics discussed will include:

  • Molecular shape
  • Forces between molecules in 2D and 3D
  • Energy use and generation within cells
  • Regulation of cellular gene expression
  • Regulation of cellular protein synthesis
  • Description of the techniques used for detecting genes and proteins
  • Latest biotechnology techniques