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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom


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    I joined the Biomaterials Research Unit at Aston University having completed from first degree in Biological Sciences to study for a PhD.  

    On completion of my PhD I was employed as a Research Fellow within the Biomaterials Research Unit.

    I have been involved in Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (formerly Teaching Company Schemes) since 1996 providing academic, administration and co ordination support.  

    Research Interests

    Interaction of biomedical polymers with living biological systems including the biochemical analysis of spoilation processes including contact lenses, intra ocular lenses and the development of biomimetic polymers for prosthetic applications e.g. keratoprosthesis and spinal disc, analysis of biological interaction between prosthetic materials and their host environment in particular ophthalmic materials and tear fluid, spoilation and cleaning effects. Surface chemistry and the interactive effects of lipids.


    Teaching Activity

    I taught Chemistry of Living Systems to undergraduates and currently involved in running MSc Practicals in Biomaterials.  I am involved in assisting with supervision of students within the Biomaterials Research Unit labs. 


    • BSc with Upper Second Class Honours in Biological Sciences, Wolverhampton Polytechnic, 1986.
    • PhD in Lipoidal Species in Ocular Spoilation Processes, Aston University, 1990 


    1989 – date: Research Fellow, Biomaterials Research Unit, Aston Universit

    Membership of Professional Bodies

    Member of the Institute of Biology (MIBiol CBiol)
    Member the British Contact Lens Association
    Member of the Biochemical Society 


    • LPS for CEAC
    • Member of the Radiological Safety Sub-Committee (RSS-C)
    • Member of the Biological Safety Sub-Committee (BSS-C)
    • Provide secretarial support for the CEAC Health and Safety Advisory Group
    • Member of the EAS Engineering and Diversity Working Group



    • Won the Professor Jeffreys Prize for Research in the final year of my PhD
    • Won the first two British Contact Lens Association poster prizes
    • Awarded the British Contact Lens Association Dallos Award in 1995. 


    • QD Chemistry
    • Ophtalmic Biomaterials

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    Research Output

    Contact lens dehydration and its influence on contact lens clinical performance

    Molock, F., Bhamra, T., Franklin, V. & Tighe, B., 30 Jun 2018, In : Contact Lens and Anterior Eye. 41, Suppl 1, p. S52

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference abstract

    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
  • Controlled synthesis and processing of a poly(L-lactide-co-ε-caprolactone) copolymer for biomedical use as an absorbable monofilament surgical suture

    Ruengdechawiwat, S., Somsunan, R., Molloy, R., Siripitayananon, J., Franklin, V. J., Topham, P. D. & Tighe, B. J., 19 Mar 2014, Advanced Materials Research IV. Guo, Z. & Xu, J. (eds.)., p. 172-176 5 p. (Advanced materials research; vol. 894).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference publication

  • Injectable hydrogels with high fixed charge density and swelling pressure for nucleus pulposus repair: biomimetic glycosaminoglycan analogues

    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., 1 Mar 2014, In : Acta Biomaterialia. 10, 3, p. 1124-1133 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Tear film lipids: dynamic composition and clinical performance

    Tighe, B., Panaser, A., Franklin, V. & Campbell, D., 2009.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

  • Thesis

    Lipoidal species in ocular spoilation processes

    Author: Franklin, V. J., 1990

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy