Imperial College London

Dr James W. Hindley

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Chemistry

Research Associate/Research Group Manager



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Dr James Hindley is Department Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London, the co-director of the Membrane Biophysics Group and part of the executive team of fabriCELL. His research focuses on the development of synthetic cells - biomimetic soft materials that aim to mimic the functions and behaviours of biological cells. Building cells from the bottom-up enables a better understanding of cell biology, as well as creating systems that can interface with biological systems. This second property makes synthetic cells a promising technology in applications across biomedicine.

Research topics of particular interest include:

  • Development of new signal transduction pathways that cannot be assembled in living systems
  • Engineering stimuli-responsive synthetic cells
  • Translation of synthetic cell technologies for biomedical application
  • High-throughput production/characterisation of synthetic cells

James is based in the EPSRC-funded Institute of Chemical Biology - Centre for Doctoral Training, and is associated with the Membrane Biophysics Platform and "CAPITALS" EPSRC Programme Grant. 


Designing new signalling pathways from the bottom-up in artificial cells - PNAS, Press Release

Engineering light-responsive artificial cells that function as enzyme microreactors - Nature CommunicationsPress ReleaseNature Research Blog - Science Imitates Art

Engineering patterned thermoresponsive vesicles for content release - Chemical Science



Gispert Contamina I, Hindley J, Pilkington C, et al., 2022, Stimuli-responsive vesicles as distributed artificial organelles for bacterial activation, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of Usa, Vol:119, ISSN:0027-8424, Pages:1-10

Allen ME, Hindley JW, Baxani DK, et al., 2022, Hydrogels as functional components in artificial cell systems, Nature Reviews Chemistry, Vol:6, ISSN:2397-3358, Pages:562-578

Zubaite G, Hindley JW, Ces O, et al., 2022, Dynamic reconfiguration of subcompartment architectures in artificial cells., Acs Nano, Vol:16, ISSN:1936-0851

Zhang S, Contini C, Hindley J, et al., 2021, Engineering motile aqueous phase-separated droplets via liposome stabilisation, Nature Communications, Vol:12, ISSN:2041-1723, Pages:1-11

Strutt R, Hindley JW, Gregg J, et al., 2021, Activating mechanosensitive channels embedded in droplet interface bilayers using membrane asymmetry, Chemical Science, Vol:12, ISSN:2041-6520, Pages:2138-2145

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