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Contact Details

Email: hillej@aston.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1212045040

Research Interests

My main research interests include the development of tissue engineering strategies to model stem cell behaviour in the development of neuronal networks and also during neurodegeneration.  I am currently engaged in developing stem cell derived models of the CNS in an attempt to study complex cellular interactions that occur in development and disease. 


2015                 Postgraduate certificate in professional practice, Aston University, Birmingham

2001-2004       PhD, Aston University, Birmingham

1997- 2000      BSc (Hons): Applied and Human Biology Aston University, Birmingham


  • 2018-Present Senior Lecturer, Aston University
  • 2014-2018 Lecturer, Aston University
  • 2010-2014 Postdoctoral research Fellow, ARCHA, Aston University
  • 2007-2010 Postdoctoral research fellow, Aston University
  • 2005-2007 Postdoctoral research fellow, Aston University
  • 2001-2004 PhD Aston University
  • 2000 Assistant forensic scientist, Forensic Science Service, Birmingham

Teaching Activity

Postgraduate teaching

Module Coordinator Stem cells and cellular differentiation

Module coordinator Ageing and regenerative medicine


Undergraduate teaching

Module coordinator Stem cell biology

Module coodinator Bioethics


PhD Supervision

2019-Present: Paige Walczak. ‘Development of a 3D model of the cortex for investigation of neurodegenerative diseases.

2016-2021: Marianne King, ‘Astrocyte dysfunction in Rett syndrome’.

2015-2019: Sarah Alqattan, ‘Metabolic dysfunction in iPSC derived neurons and astrocytes’

2012-2015: Erin Tse, ‘The role of Amyloid Precursor Protein in neuronal and non-neuronal cell lines.

2009-2012: Marta Tarczyluk, ‘Aβ1-42 induced metabolic effects in a stem cell derived model of Alzheimer’s Disease’.

Research Projects/Collaborations

Biological AI (https://neuchip.eu/)

Development of a 3D model of the cortex for investigation of neurodegenerative diseases. https://lifetime-cdt.org/

Metabolic dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease using iPSC

Astrocyte dysfunction in Rett syndrome using iPSC

MESO-Brain: 3D Neural networks (https://www.mesobrain.eu/)

Seizure liability testing using iPSC derived neurons

Role of micorglia in Huntigton's disease

Professional/editorial offices

Associate editor Frontiers in Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration

Member: British Neuroscience Association 

Member: Biochemical Society 

Administrative Roles

Programme director Biosciences Postgraduate Programmes

Programme director MSc Stem cells and regenerative medicine

Key research projects

NEU-CHiP: Taking complex biological computing into reality.

This is a grant funded by the EU.

The NEU-CHiP project is an international collaboration of leaders across a wide range of disciplines, with a shared focus to engineer and apply human neural cell circuits as biological computers.

External positions

Chair of Equality Diversity Inclusion committee, lifETIME Centre for doctoral training EPSRC-SFI Joint Centre for Doctoral Training in Engineered Tissues for Discovery, Industry and Medicine


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