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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
Room number: CE318

Education/Academic qualification



BSc, National University of Ireland Galway

External positions

Editorial Board

May 2019 → …

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Research Output 2002 2019

Clinical and biochemical analysis of the ageing tear film

Mann, A., Campbell, D., Mirza, Z., Hunt, O., Wolffsohn, J. S. & Tighe, B. J., 11 May 2019, In : British Journal of Ophthalmology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Age Groups
Serum Albumin
Open Access
Contact lenses
Water content

The potential influence of Schirmer strip variables on dry eye disease characterisation, and on tear collection and analysis

García-Porta, N., Mann, A., Sáez-Martínez, V., Franklin, V., Wolffsohn, J. S. & Tighe, B., 1 Feb 2018, In : Contact Lens and Anterior Eye. 41, 1, p. 47-53

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Eye Diseases
Osmolar Concentration
Weights and Measures

The nature and consequence of vitronectin interaction in the non-compromised contact lens wearing eye

Cooner, M., Mann, A. & Tighe, B., 1 Aug 2017, In : Contact Lens and Anterior Eye. 40, 4, p. 228-235

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Contact Lenses
Cell Count

Ocular biotribology and the contact lens: Surface interactions and ocular response

Mann, A. & Tighe, B. J., 21 Apr 2016, Biomaterials and regenerative medicine in ophthalmology. Chirila, T. V. & Harkin, D. G. (eds.). 2nd ed. London (UK): Woodhead, p. 45-74 30 p. (Woodhead Publishing Series in Biomaterials; no. 112).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Contact lenses
Vision aids
Joint prostheses
Wear of materials


Biomaterial interactions with compromised tissue surfaces

Author: Cooner, M., 18 May 2015

Supervisor: Tighe, B. J. (Supervisor) & Mann, A. M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Immunological and biochemical techniques in the analysis of tear proteins

Author: Mann, A. M., May 1998

Supervisor: Tighe, B. J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Activities 2010 2010

  • 1 Participation in workshop, seminar, course

British Contact Lens Association

Aisling Mann (Speaker)
25 May 2010

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course