Dr Darren Campbell PP2

Dr Darren Campbell


Director of 'Foundation Programme in Engineering and Applied Science' and 'International Foundation Programme in Engineering and Applied Science'. 

Darren is a Teaching Fellow for the Foundation Year and teaches module SEOCEF Foundation Chemistry for Engineering on the Foundation Programme in Engineering and Applied Science and International Foundation Programme Engineering and Applied Science. Darren graduated from Aston University in 2003 with a Class II(i) BSc (Hons) in Applied Chemistry and was awarded his PhD in 2009 (Aston University, supervisor Professor B.J. Tighe). Darren also currently works for Two Towers Brewery and prior to 1998 Darren worked in the metal finishing industry.

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Research interests  

Polymeric biomaterials, hydrogels, hydrogel/biofilm interactions and the tear film.

Darren’s research interests include the synthesis, characterisation and behaviour (in-vitro, in-vivo and ex-vivo) of novel biocompatible and biomimetic (co)polymers. Of particular interest are prepolymers (macromers) and hydrogels. Applications of interest for these polymers include ophthalmic applications and tissue repair/replacement. The interaction (in-vitro, in-vivo and ex-vivo) of biological species (particularly lipids) with these and other hydrogels is particularly important for biomaterials and is also a research interest. 

Darren’s PhD thesis, Tear and Skin Phospholipids; Analysis and Hydrogel Analogues led to an interest in the chemistry of tear film, in particular the phospholipids found in the lipid layer of the tear film, and more recently in how the tear film ages.

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  • PhD in Biomaterials, Aston University, 2009
  • BSc (Hons) Applied Chemistry, Class II(i), Aston University, 2003
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice, 2013
  • Certificate of Professional Development (Starting a Business), 2012
  • Aston Certificate: An Introduction to Learning and Teaching in HE, 2011

Teaching activity

  • Director of 'Foundation Programme in Engineering and Applied Science' and 'International Foundation Programme in Engineering and Applied Science' 
  • Teaching Foundation Chemistry for Engineering (SEOCEF)
  • Previously supervision of project students including ERASMUS, MEng, MSc, and final year Chemistry.

Membership of Professional Bodies and other outside interests

  • Higher Education Academy (HEA) (Associate member)
  • British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) (Fellow)
  • British Science Association – West Midlands Branch 

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  • November 2017 - present, Director of 'Foundation Programme in Engineering and Applied Science' and 'International Foundation Programme in Engineering and Applied Science', Aston University. 
  • October 2017 - present, Teaching Fellow, Aston University.
  • September 2014 - September 2017, Teaching Associate, Aston University.
  • July 2014 - November 2017, Office Manager/Brewer, Two Towers Brewery.

  • October 2013 - September 2014, Science Foundation Programme Tutor, Aston University.
  • March 2007– June 2013, Research Associate, Biomaterials Research Unit, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Aston University.
  • October 2003 - September 2007, PhD Research Student, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Aston University, (Supervisor: Professor B.J.Tighe).
  • August 2003 - September 2003, Research Assistant, Biomaterials Research Unit, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Aston University
  • June 2001 - September 2002, Laboratory Technician, Quest Vitamins
  • October 1998 - August 2003, BSc Hons, Applied Chemistry (2.1), Aston University.
  • October 1988 - August 1998, Metal Finisher, Plater and Anodiser, Firmin and Sons, New Town, Birmingham.


Selected publications

Mann A, Campbell D, Tighe B.J.  The ageing ocular surface: challenges for biomaterials design and function. Biomaterials and regenerative medicine in ophthalmology. ed. / Traian V. Chirila; Damien G. Harkin. 2nd. ed. London (UK): Woodhead, 2016. p. 17-43. Woodhead Publishing Series in Biomaterials; No. 112.

Sivan S.S, Roberts S, Urban J.P.G, Menage J, Bramhill J, Campbell D, Franklin V.J, Lydon F, Merkher Y, Maroudas A, Tighe B.J. Injectable hydrogels with high fixed charge density and swelling pressure for nucleus pulposus repair: biomimetic glycosaminoglycan analogues. Acta Biomaterialia, 2014, 10, 3, 1124-33.

Campbell D. Injectable biomimetic hydrogels for soft tissue repair. In Biomimetic Biomaterials: Structure and Applications. Ruys A.J: Editor. Woodhead Publishing Series in Biomaterials No.57, 2013.

Campbell D, Carnell S.M, Eden R.J. Applicability of contact angle methods used in the analysis of contact lenses, Part 1: Comparative methodologies. Eye and Contact Lens: Science and Clinical Practice, 2013, 39, 3, 254-262.

Sohdi A.A, Campbell D, Topham P.D. Polymer-peptide conjugate hydrogels: Towards controlled drug delivery. Chiang Mai Journal of Science, 2012, 39, 3, 351-372.

Tighe B.J, Bramhill J, Campbell D. Proteoglycan analogues for ophthalmic and orthopaedic applications, Advanced Materials Research, 2012, 506, 3-6.

Campbell D, Mann A, Hunt O, Santos L.J.R. The significance of hand wash compliance on the transfer of dermal lipids in contact lens wear, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, 2012, 35, 71-76.

Campbell D, Griffiths G, Tighe B.J. Tear Analysis and Lens-tear Interactions: Part II. Ocular Lipids - Nature and Fate of Meibomian Gland Phospholipids, Cornea, 2011, 30, 3, 325-332.

Campbell D, Carnell S.M, Ross G.M, Tighe B.J. Another angle on contact lens surface analysis, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, 2010, 33, 284.

Tighe B.J, Panaser A, Franklin V, Campbell D. Tear film lipids: Dynamic composition and clinical performance, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, 2009, 32, 237-238.

Campbell D, Tighe B.J. Zwitterionic and Charge-balanced Polyampholyte Copolymer Hydrogels, Advanced Materials Research, 2008, 55-57, 729-732.

Campbell D, Tighe B.J. Properties of SPDA: A biomimetic building block, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, 2006, 29, 203.

Mann A, Campbell D, Griffiths G, Tighe B.J. The Nature and Fate of Lipids in Contact Lens Wear, Ophthalmic Research Journal for Research in Experimental and Clinical Ophthalmology, 2005, Volume 37, Supplement 1, 26, Poster 235.

Mann A.M, Campbell D, Tighe B.J. The Application of Capillary Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry Techniques to the Study of patient to patient variations in Tear Chemistry, Ophthalmic Research Journal for Research in Experimental and Clinical Ophthalmology, 2004, Volume 36, Supplement 1, 34, Poster 165.

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