Dr Louise France

Programme Director and Lecturer in Medical and Mechanical Engineering

Faculty of Science and Engineering

School of Engineering and Computer Science

l.france@hull.ac.uk

(0) 1482 466375

Dr Louise France is Programme Director of Medical Engineering and teaches on the Medical and Mechanical Engineering programmes.

Her research contributes to the Biomedical Engineering, and Materials and Manufacturing research groups in the School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Dr France's expertise lies in bioreactor development, biomaterials for wound care devices and tissue-material interactions for medical devices.

Her research forms part of the University Advanced Wound Care Cluster, working closely with Smith and Nephew.

Research

Research Interests

  • Biomaterials
  • Wound care devices
  • Wound healing
  • Cell-material interactions
  • Bioreactor design for physiological simulation

Research groups

Smith and Nephew Medical LTD - Wound Management Group

Publications

France L A, Scotchford C A, Grant D M, Rashidi H, Popov A A and Sottile V, 'Transient Serum Exposure Regimes to Support Dual Differentiation of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells', Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, 8(8), pp 652-663 (2014)

France L, Scotchford C, Sottile V, Rashidi H and Grant D, 'Raman Spectroscopic Characterisation of Mineralised Matrix Produced by MSC During Osteogenesis When Cultured in Serum-Depleted Culture Conditions Suitable for Osteochondral Constructs', 24th European Conference on Biomaterials - Annual Conference of the European Society for Biomaterials (2014)

France L, Scotchford C, Grant D M and Sottile V, 'Dual Differentiation of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells Driven by Transient Serum Exposure Regimes', Society for Biomaterials (2012)

Rashidi H, Strohbuecker S, Jackson L, France L, Sottile V, 'Differences in the Pattern and Regulation of Mineral Deposition in Human Cell Lines of Osteogenic and Non-Osteogenic Origin', Cells Tissues Organs, 195(6), pp 484-94 (2011)

Full list

Teaching

Programmes taught on

Modules list

  • Biomaterials and Orthopaedic Devices
  • Advanced Biomaterials and Orthopaedic Devices
  • Mechanical Engineering Science
  • Cell Mechanobiology and Maths
  • Medical Engineering Individual Projects
  • Mechanical Engineering Individual Projects
  • Engineering Global Challenge 1
  • Engineering Group Projects
  • Foundation Engineering
  • Engineering Group Challenge

Research PhDs

Dr France welcomes applications in her specialist areas.

Current PhD Supervisions

  • Nicola Mandolini, Developing a Bioreactor for In Vitro Testing of Wound Care Devices
  • Alexandra Hendon, Modelling the Biomechanics of Wound Care Devices
  • Michael Taylor, In Silico Model of the Diabetic Foot

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • PG Cert, Practical Science Communication, University of the West of England (2014)
  • PhD, Materials Engineering and Materials Design (Tissue Engineering), University of Nottingham (2011)
  • BSc Hons,Biomedical Materials Science, University of Nottingham (2007)