Imperial College London

Dr Miguel Hermida Ayala (HE/HIM)

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering

Deputy Technical Operations Manager



+44 (0)7594 510 961m.hermida-ayala




B302Bessemer BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Miguel is the Biosciences Core Facilities Manager for the Department of Bioengineering. Miguel is the main contact for Tissue Culture, Microscopy, 3D-Bioprinting, Cryostorage, Biological and Laser Safety, and coordinates a team that looks after Genomics, Microbiology, Histology, Utilities and PPE.

Miguel's role include:

  • Technical support
  • Training and competency assessments (Tissue Culture, 3D cultures, Microscopy, Bioplotter)
  • Managing of the Imperial - Leica Imaging Hub
  • Preparation and revision of safety protocols
  • Servicing and maintenance of equipment
  • Assisting the Technical Team and Researchers in other areas and equipment (qPCR, plate reader, molecular cloning, PPE, purchases)
  • General laboratory managing.

Miguel did a MPharm in Pharmacy and Pharmacology in Universidad de Alcalá, a MSc in Molecular Biomedicine in Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and a PhD in 3D-Bioprinting of Cancer Models in Heriot-Watt University. In addition to this, he has postdoctoral experience in Cancer Research at Barts Cancer Institute and has worked as clinical and community pharmacist.