Dr Ben Almquist is a Lecturer (US equivalent: Assistant Professor) in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial. His research combines aspect of materials science, nanotechnology, and biology to develop methods for dynamically manipulating the behaviour of cells and tissues. A major focus of this research is to understand how to direct the process of tissue repair by manipulating signalling networks. These insights are then used to develop methods for healing diabetic foot ulcers, preventing hypertrophic scarring, and modulating other wound healing disorders. More information can be found on the lab website.
Before joining Imperial College, Dr Almquist obtained his BS in Materials Science from Michigan Technological University, followed by his MS and PhD in Materials Science from Stanford University. While at Stanford, Dr Almquist was also appointed as a Research Fellow in the Center for Probing the Nanoscale, a joint venture between Stanford, IBM, and the National Science Foundation. There he developed a bioinspired approach for integrating inorganic nanostructures with cellular membranes. Dr Almquist then went on to become an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research and Institute for Solider Nanotechnologies at MIT, where his research focused on designing self-assembled biomaterials for modulating the healing of chronic wounds.
Dr. Almquist's research publications can be found at the tab above, or on Google Scholar.
Stejskalová A, Almquist BD, 2017, Using biomaterials to rewire the process of wound repair., Biomater Sci, Vol:5, Pages:1421-1434
Kiani MT, Higgins CA, Almquist BD, 2018, The Hair Follicle: An Underutilized Source of Cells and Materials for Regenerative Medicine, Acs Biomaterials Science & Engineering, Vol:4, ISSN:2373-9878, Pages:1193-1207
Pop MA, Almquist BD, 2017, Biomaterials: A potential pathway to healing chronic wounds?, Experimental Dermatology, Vol:26, ISSN:0906-6705, Pages:760-763
et al., 2015, Combination Growth Factor Therapy via Electrostatically Assembled Wound Dressings Improves Diabetic Ulcer Healing In Vivo., Adv Healthc Mater, Vol:4, Pages:2090-2099
Almquist BD, Melosh NA, 2011, Molecular structure influences the stability of membrane penetrating biointerfaces., Nano Lett, Vol:11, Pages:2066-2070
Almquist BD, Melosh NA, 2010, Fusion of biomimetic stealth probes into lipid bilayer cores, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol:107, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:5815-5820