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Dr Maria Katsikogianni

PositionLecturer in Biomaterials
LocationJ20, Richmond Building
DepartmentChemistry and Biosciences
RKT CentreAdvanced Materials Engineering
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 236185
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Research Interests (key words only)

biomaterials, bio-inspired materials; nanostructured, multifunctional, antimicrobial, non-fouling, surface modification, surface characterisation, bacteria/cell-material interactions, biointerface

PhD Supervision

  • Miss Ramisha Rehman (30%) “The effect of grooved surface topography of PEEK and glass fibre reinforced PEEK on cellular behaviour” with Dr Mansour Youseffi and Dr Farshid Sefat, in collaboration with Dr Ben Whiteside. 2015-2018
  • Miss Tehmeena Israr Raja (30%) “A study of the relationship between surface topology and functional characteristics for injection moulded thermoplastic components” with Dr Ben Whiteside, Dr Colin Grant, Dr Anna Snelling. 2017-2021

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Introduction to Polymer and Colloid Science
  • Materials Characterisation
  • Postgraduate Research Projects

Administrative Responsibilities

Materials Characterisation


Dr Maria Katsikogianni is a Lecturer in Biomaterials Chemistry since September 2016. Her research profile lies at the interface of biomaterial science, life sciences and engineering. She is particularly interested in the biomimetic design of multifunctional materials for relevant clinical applications, e.g. in the context of fabricating and testing non-fouling/antimicrobial materials to prevent medical device associated bone infections, through the incorporation of antimicrobial agents and/or the surface patterning at the nanoscale.

Maria joined the University of Bradford in 2014 as a Research and Knowledge Transfer Officer in the Centre of Advanced Material Engineering, following her post-doctoral training within WELMEC, the centre of excellence in Medical Engineering at the University of Leeds. Prior to joining the University of Leeds, she was a post-doctoral researcher at the Surface Engineering Group, University College Dublin.

She completed her undergraduate studies in Chemistry (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) and gained her PhD in Biomedical Engineering, under the supervision of Professor Yannis Missirlis (University of Patras, Greece), where she investigated the effect of material surface chemistry, morphology and flow conditions on bacterial adhesion.

During her posts in Greece and Ireland, Maria successfully co-wrote two funding applications towards the “Development of a multidisciplinary scientific network for the investigation and application of biomaterials”, under an INTERREG IIIA Greece-Italy programme, and the “Application of antimicrobial natural product coatings on consumer products and medical packaging,” under an Enterprise Ireland commercialization fund, respectively.

In the UK, Maria was shortlisted for a Sir Henry Dale Wellcome Trust/Royal Society Fellowship and was successful in securing funding from MeDe Innovation, in collaboration with Professor David Williams, Cardiff University, towards “The manufacture of medical device surfaces that are resistant to microbial colonisation”.

Maria has authored 20 research papers and 3 book chapters (h-index: 10) along with a patent application (GB20120015171, W02014030005 A1)

Study History

  • 2016: Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Centre for Educational Development, University of Bradford, UK
  • 2014: Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Innovation Management, Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds, UK.
  • 2008: PhD in Biomedical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras, Greece.
  • 2001: Bachelor Degree in Chemistry, School of Chemistry, Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Professional History

  • 2014-2016: Research and Knowledge Transfer Officer, Advanced Material Engineering Centre, University of Bradford, UK.
  • 2011-2014: Research Fellow, WELMEC Centre of Excellence in Medical Engineering, University of Leeds, UK.
  • 2009-2011: Postdoctoral Researcher, Surface Engineering Group, School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • 2008-2009: Postdoctoral Researcher, Biomedical Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras, Greece.

Professional Activities

Reviewer for several international journals in the areas of cell/bacteria-biomaterial interactions and plasma medicine (such as: Acta Biomaterialia, and Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics among others).

Workshops and Meetings Co-Organiser:

Three Focus Group Meetings on Orthopaedic Devices, under the "improved Protection of Medical Devices Against Infections" (iPROMEDAI) EU COST, during 2016, 2017 in Newcastle, Krakow and Valletta towards the standardisation of orthopaedic devices antimicrobial testing.

Five MeDe Innovation Early Career Researchers (ECRs) Forum Workshops between 2015-2017 towards the professional development of ECRs and the development of collaborative research ideas.

During these meetings and workshops speakers from various Universities, Industry and Clinicians participated.

Industry Engagement to address technical problems and assess the antimicrobial efficacy of compounds and materials, especially in the medical device sector

Research Areas

  • Design of bio-inspired multifunctional materials with non-fouling/antimicrobial properties for a number of applications
  • Surface chemical and topological modifications 
  • Surface engineering; patterning polymers at the nanoscale to control bacterial and cellular responses for medical device applications, in collaboration with the Centre for Polymer Micro and Nano Technology (Polymer MNT) 
  • Incorporation of antimicrobial compounds into polymers, using Green Chemistry and in particular extrusion, in collaboration with the Polymer IRC 
  • Material physicochemical and mechanical characterisation, in collaboration with the Centre for Chemical and Structural Analysis and the Polymer IRC 
  • Bacteria/cell material interactions and the biointerface using Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy at the Polymer IRC
  • Compounds and materials antimicrobial efficacy testing under conditions relevant to the application
  • Structure-property relationships and material multifunctionality
  • Translational research

Current Projects

  • “Innovative manufacturing of composite materials with enhanced osteogenic and antibacterial properties”, EPSRC MeDe Innovation Dragons Den Award: (2017, PI), joint with Dr Karthik Nair, Polymer IRC, University of Bradford and Dr Martin Santocildes-Romero and Tomas Paterson University of Sheffield
  • “Shape memory biodegradable sutures with antimicrobial properties”, EPSRC MeDe Innovation Dragons Den Award: (2017, co-I), joint with Dimitris Vgenopoulos (PI) and Dr Karthik Nair, and Dr Cristina Tuinea Bobe , Polymer IRC, University of Bradford, and Dr Bryan Stuart, University of Nottingham
  • “The manufacture of medical device surfaces that are resistant to microbial colonisation”, EPSRC MeDe Innovation Fresh Ideas Fund (2016, PI), joint with Dr Ben Whiteside, Polymer MNT, University of Bradford and Professor David Williams, Cardiff University

Research Collaborations

  • Prof Stephen Rimmer – School of Chemistry and Biosciences, University of Bradford
  • Dr Ben Whiteside – Centre of Polymer Micro and Nanotechnology, University of Bradford
  • Prof David Wood – School of Dentistry, University of Leeds
  • Prof David Williams – School of Dentistry, Cardiff University


  • MeDe Innovation Early Career Researchers (ECRs) Ambassador for the University of Bradford
  • Recent Appointees in Polymer Science (RAPS), Committee member
  • Management Committee Member of COST Action TD1305. “Improved Protection of Medical Devices Against Infection (IPROMEDAI)” and leader of the orthopaedic focus group of the Action.
  • Member of the Renere8 and the UK Society of Biomaterials


See Maria's publications on Bradford Scholars.

Research Papers

Swift T., Paul N., Swanson L., Katsikogianni M., Rimmer S. Förster Resonance Energy Transfer across interpolymer complexes of poly(acrylic acid) and poly(acrylamide). Polymer, (2017) 123, 10-20.

Al-Hilou A., Do T., Mizban L., Clarkson B.H., Wood D.J*. Katsikogianni M.G.* Fluorapatite coatings are antibacterial in vitro against pathogens implicated in peri-implantitis. (*Corresponding authors). ACS Omega, (2016) 1(2), 264-276.

Katsikogianni M.G., Hancock R.E.W., Devine D.A., Wood D.J. Cell vs. bacterial viability in the presence of host defence peptides and RGD. European Cells and Materials (2015) 30(2): 55. (

Contini, C., Katsikogianni, M.G., O’Neill, F.T., O’Sullivan, M., Dowling, D.P. & Monahan, F.J. Mechanism of action of an antioxidant active packaging prepared with Citrus extract. LWT-Food Science and Technology, (2014) 59(2), 1082-1087.

Contini, C., Katsikogianni, M.G., O’Neill, F.T., O’Sullivan, M., Boland, F., Dowling, D.P. & Monahan, F.J. Storage stability of an antioxidant active packaging coated with Citrus extract following a plasma jet pre-treatment. Journal of Food and Bioprocess Technology, (2014) 7(8), 2228-2240.

Book Chapters

Katsikogianni M.G., Wood D.J., Missirlis Y.F. Biomaterial functionalized surfaces for reducing bacterial adhesion and infection. Handbook of Bioceramics and Biocomposites, Springer published January 2016.

Katsikogianni M.G., Missirlis Y.F. Assessing Probable Mechanisms of Bacterial Adhesion to Biomaterial Surfaces. Accepted by Encyclopedia of Surface and Colloid Science, 2nd Ed, Taylor and Francis (2015).

Katsikogianni M.G., Missirlis Y.F. Polymer technologies for the control of bacterial adhesion / From fundamental to applied science and technology. Accepted by Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology in May, 2013, 2nd Ed, Elsevier (2014), Chapter 255.


Thomas H., Dowling D.P., Katsikogianni M.G. Bioflavonoid Coated Materials. Patent publication numbers WO2014030005 A1, 2014.


2017: Best poster award for the “Manufacture of small prosthetic joint surfaces that resist microbial colonisation” during the MACRO 2017 Conference, 8-11 January 2017, in Kerala, India, in the category of Green, Sustainable and Biopolymers.

2017: My paper “Concise review of mechanisms of bacterial adhesion to biomaterials and of techniques used in estimating bacteria-material interactions” is the 5th most cited paper ever for the European Cells and Materials Journal.

2016: Travel Grant; British Council/NSFC Newton: Early Career Researcher Workshop on Healthcare technologies for aging populations 6-8 December 2016, in Chengdu, China

2016: Contribution to a young investigator prize awarded to Ali Marie at IADR 2016 in the Implantology Research Group for the research: “Titanium Surface Treatments Affect Hydrothermal Deposition of Fluorapatite Coatings”, 22-25 June 2016, Seoul

2014: Patent publication number WO2014030005 A1. Title: Bioflavonoid Coated Materials.

2014: Travel Grant; Medical Technologies IKC – EPSRC: awarded while based at the University of Leeds, for a 2 week secondment at Prof Hanock's lab at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, to examine cell vs. bacterial viability in the presence of host defence peptides and RGD

2014: Medical Technologies IKC Grant for the PGCert in Professional Innovation Management

2014: Contribution to a Scottlander poster prize awarded to Ahmed Alhilou at 61st Annual Conference of the British Society of Prosthodontics, 14-15 April 2014, Dundee, UK, for the research: “In vitro Evaluation of Fluorapatite Coatings against Peri-Implantitis”

Public/Academic/Stakeholder Engagement

  • STEM Ambassador
  • Working closely with Clinicians, orthopaedic surgeons in particular, and Industrial Partners assists the identification of clinical needs and market gaps and the successful translation of the research projects.

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