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  • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

    B4 7ET Birmingham

    United Kingdom

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I am currently a research fellow with the multidisciplinary Biomaterials Research Unit (BRU). My research focuses on biomaterial/host interaction studies and biocompatibility testing of existing and new biomaterials including the assessment of soft contact lenses, wound dressings and an array of new hydrogel based polymers.  This post followed on from my PhD with BRU which was entitled ‘Immunological and biochemical techniques in the analysis of tear proteins’. 

Prior to my PhD I took a post as a Clinical Scientist in tissue typing with the National Blood Service.  In 1992 I worked in a rheumatic diseases diagnostic laboratory based in Birmingham University in conjunction with the Binding Site Ltd, as part of my MSc in Immunology.  I gained my first degree in Microbiology from the University College Galway in Ireland (now NUIG) in 1991.

Research Interests

During my time at Aston University I have developed expertise in a wide range of aspects of immunological, biochemical and cell culture techniques in the characterisation of novel biomaterials, in addition to tear and wound fluid analysis.  My work has focused on the identification of key immunoregulatory markers in the ocular environment in response to, the insertion and wear of, a variety hydrogel contact lens materials.  I am currently interested in the determination of individual tear protein profiles by lab-a-on-chip protein sizing separation microfluidics, which can monitor the ever changing tear specifically in relation to affects of contact lens wear and ocular dysfunction on the normal tear chemistry.

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • British Contact Lens Association

Contact Details

Phone number: 0121 204 3408
Email: mannam@aston.ac.uk 
Room number: CE318

Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 15 Jul 1998

MSc, University of Birmingham

Award Date: 30 Sep 1992

BSc, National University of Ireland Galway

Award Date: 24 Jul 1991

External positions

Editorial Board, Contact Lens and Anterior Eye

May 2019 → …


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