Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Research Fellow MRC UKRI Innovation Rutherford Fellowship







G02BRoyal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





James Armstrong is a Research Fellow in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London. He received his PhD in Functional Nanomaterials at the University of Bristol in 2015, and later that year was awarded a three-year Arthritis Research UK Foundation Fellowship to work with Professor Molly Stevens at Imperial College London. In 2018, he was awarded a three-year MRC UKRI Innovation Rutherford Fund Fellowship aligned with the UKRMP Smart Materials Hub.

His research is primarily focussed on developing new biotechnologies for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine (Tissue Engineering 2019, Trends in Biotechnology 2020, Advanced Functional Materials 2020). Recent work has focussed on the development of gradient-casting technologies for osteochondral tissue engineering (Biomaterials 2018, Advanced Materials 2019), the production of acoustic cell patterning devices for musculoskeletal tissue engineering (Advanced Materials 2018, Lab on a Chip 2019) and the first demonstration of ultrasound-triggered enzymatic gelation (Advanced Materials 2020).

Other research interests include cell functionalization (Nature Communications 2015, Nanoscale 2016), the design of extracellular vesicle therapies (ACS Nano 2017, Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews 2017), new cell culture platforms (ACS Nano 2020), novel bioimaging strategies (Advanced Materials 2019), and bioprinting methods (Advanced Healthcare Materials 2016, Advanced Functional Materials 2020).

He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Biological Methods and has co-organised the Virtual Seminars in Biomedical Science.

More details can be found at his personal websiteTwitterLinkedIn and Google Scholar profiles.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Armstrong J, Stevens M, 2020, Using remote fields for complex tissue engineering, Trends in Biotechnology, Vol:38, ISSN:0167-7799, Pages:254-263

Nele V, Schutt CE, Wojciechowski J, et al., 2020, Ultrasound-triggered enzymatic gelation, Advanced Materials, Vol:32, ISSN:0935-9648, Pages:1-8

Ouyang L, Armstrong J, Chen Q, et al., 2020, Void-free 3D bioprinting for in-situ endothelialization and microfluidic perfusion, Advanced Functional Materials, Vol:30, ISSN:1616-301X

Gopal S, Chiappini C, Armstrong J, et al., 2019, Immunogold FIB-SEM: combining volumetric ultrastructure visualization with 3D biomolecular analysis to dissect cell-environment interactions, Advanced Materials, Vol:31, ISSN:0935-9648, Pages:1-8

Armstrong J, Stevens M, 2019, Emerging technologies for tissue engineering: from gene editing to personalized medicine, Tissue Engineering Part A, Vol:25, ISSN:1937-3341

Li C, Ouyang L, Pence I, et al., 2019, Buoyancy-driven gradients for biomaterial fabrication and tissue engineering, Advanced Materials, Vol:31, ISSN:0935-9648

Armstrong J, Maynard S, Pence I, et al., 2019, Spatiotemporal quantification of acoustic cell patterning using Voronoi Tessellation, Lab on a Chip, Vol:19, ISSN:1473-0189, Pages:562-573

Armstrong J, Puetzer JL, Serio A, et al., 2018, Engineering anisotropic muscle tissue using acoustic cell patterning, Advanced Materials, Vol:30, ISSN:0935-9648

Li C, Armstrong J, Pence I, et al., 2018, Glycosylated superparamagnetic nanoparticle gradients for osteochondral tissue engineering, Biomaterials, Vol:176, ISSN:0142-9612, Pages:24-33

Armstrong JP, Stevens MM, 2018, Strategic design of extracellular vesicle drug delivery systems, Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, Vol:130, ISSN:0169-409X, Pages:12-16

Graham AD, Olof SN, Burke MJ, et al., 2017, High-Resolution Patterned Cellular Constructs by Droplet-Based 3D Printing., Scientific Reports, Vol:7, ISSN:2045-2322

Armstrong JPK, Holme MN, Stevens MM, 2017, Re-Engineering Extracellular Vesicles as Smart Nanoscale Therapeutics, ACS Nano, Vol:11, ISSN:1936-0851, Pages:69-83

Carreira SC, Armstrong JPK, Okuda M, et al., 2016, Synthesis of Cationized Magnetoferritin for Ultra-fast Magnetization of Cells, Jove-journal of Visualized Experiments, ISSN:1940-087X

Armstrong JPK, Perriman AW, 2016, Strategies for cell membrane functionalization, Experimental Biology and Medicine, Vol:241, ISSN:1535-3702, Pages:1098-1106

Armstrong JPK, Burke M, Carter BM, et al., 2016, 3D Bioprinting Using a Templated Porous Bioink, Advanced Healthcare Materials, Vol:5, ISSN:2192-2640, Pages:1724-1730

Carreira SC, Armstrong JPK, Seddon A, et al., 2016, Ultra-fast stem cell labelling using cationised magnetoferritin, Nanoscale, Vol:8, ISSN:2040-3372, Pages:7474-7483

Armstrong JPK, Shakur R, Horne JP, et al., 2015, Artificial membrane-binding proteins stimulate oxygenation of stem cells during engineering of large cartilage tissue, Nature Communications, Vol:6, ISSN:2041-1723

Brown P, Khan AM, Armstrong JPK, et al., 2012, Magnetizing DNA and proteins using responsive surfactants, Advanced Materials, Vol:24, Pages:6244-6247

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