Alan Faulkner-Jones


2010-Current: PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Biofabrication), Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
2005-2010: MEng (Distinction) Robotics and Cybertronics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
2004-2005: Robotics and the Meaning of Life (Short Course), Open University, UK

Alan Faulkner-Jones is a PhD student in Dr. Shu's research group. He completed his undergraduate Masters degree in Robotics and Cybertronics, a multidisciplinary area between Mechanical, Electrical and Software Engineering, at Heriot-Watt University in 2010. During his undergraduate degree he spent a summer working in the Advanced Projects group at SELEX GALILEO creating novel vision-based surveillance algorithms. His PhD is centred around the development of an automated 3D live cell printer for tissue engineering, organ repair and reconstruction.

2013 - Cell/Organ printer voted third most important innovation likely to shape our future in the Great British Innovation Vote
2012 - First Prize at the SUPA INSPIRE Poster Competition
2012 - 2nd Year Postgraduate Research Prize, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, HWU
2012 - Oral Presentation Prize at the HWU Annual Postgraduate Conference
2011 - First Prize at the SUPA INSPIRE Poster Competition
2010 - Awarded a SUPA Physics and Life Sciences Industrial Studentship
2008 - 3rd Year (Undergraduate) Digital Design Project Prize (First Place), HWU
2005 - 1st Year (Undergraduate) Prize, HWU

Affiliations: Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Co-supervisor: Prof. Duncan Hand, HWU
Industrial supervisor: Aidan Courtney, Roslin Cellab Ltd., Roslin, Midlothian, UK

Selected Publications

Faulkner-Jones A, Greenhough S, King JA, Gardner J, Courtney A and Shu W. (2013). Development of a valve-based cell printer for the formation of human embryonic stem cell spheroid aggregates. Biofabrication 5, 015013. Available at: Link.

Faulkner-Jones A and Shu W. (2012). Biological cell printing technologies. Nanotechnology Perceptions 8(1), pp.35-57. Available at: Link.