Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDyson School of Design Engineering

Honorary Lecturer



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Dyson BuildingSouth Kensington Campus






Dr Ali Mohammed is a research associate at the Dyson School of Design Engineering and part of the Advanced Manufacturing Group at Imperial College. He has research experience in tissue engineering, biomaterial synthesis, plant and algal biology, cancer biology, polymer chemistry and additive manufacturing. 

Ali completed his bachelors in Chemical Engineering (BEng) at UCL in 2009. After which, he worked as a Process Technologist for 3 years at Royal Dutch Shells' largest Gas To Liquid (GTL) plant to date, based in Ras Laffan (Qatar). There, he helped successfully and safely commission the plant to see it through to its first production of GTL fuel. He was awarded a Special Recognition Award in 2010 for his efforts during the start-up. He then completed his MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College, with a project supervised by Prof Julian Jones in the Biomaterials Group. He continued onto his PhD in the Jones' Group, and graduated in 2018. His research was based on advanced nanocomposite double network hydrogels for cartilage repair. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Larry Hench Prize for Excellence in Biomaterials Research. During his PhD, Ali also completed an associate degree at Harvard Medical School where he focussed on Cancer Biology Therapeutics. 

For the autumn 2022/2023 term, Ali has been the module lead and lecturer for Solid Mechanics II Core Module for 2nd years at the Dyson School of Design Engineering.

From January 2024, Ali will be joining the RCA's School of Design as an Associate Professor.

Lectures, Modules & Podcasts

2022 - 2023: Solid Mechanics II – Module lead
MEng 2nd year Design Engineering core module 

2023: OncoEng Summer School: Recent advances in bioprinting technologies, and applications in Tissue Engineering 
As part of the OncoEng summer school program 

2023: BioTrib: Biorheology lecture 
As part of the BioTrib training course for Marie-Curie early stage researchers 

2022: IMSE Webinar: Green light at the end of the tunnel – a breakthrough in 3D printing using green light
Uploaded on YouTube

2022: Never Lick The Spoon Series - Podcast episode on 3D bioprinting
Episode on Bioprinting

Honours, Prizes & Awards

2022: Institute of Molecular Science and Engineering (IMSE) Seed Funding grant:  
Development of a novel 3D printing technology 

2022: Innovation Think Tank Certification Program – Run by Innovation Think Tank, Siemens Healthineers

2021: Seeds for Success Grant: 
Hassle-free degassing – an enzymatic approach to oxygen free environments

2021: Convergence Science Centre Organoids grant:  
Development of a microfluidics platform to 3D print tumour-specific Extra-Cellular Matrices to improve derivation rates of High-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer patient-derived organoids

2021: IMSE Junior Affiliate

2021: Member of the Future Leaders Fellowships (FLF) Peer Review College (PRC)

2019: Bettelheim Award
International Conference of the Lens

2018: Larry Hench Bioengineering & Materials Departmental Prize  Excellence in a biomaterials related PhD project

2018: Thanaa Award
For outstanding research during a PhD

Selected Publications

Journal Articles