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Dr Maria Katsikogianni

Assistant Professor

Faculty/Dept/School School of Chemistry and Bioscience
(Faculty of Life Sciences)
Telephone +441274 236185


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)


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 “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 . 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

Professional activities

  • 01-JAN-16: University of Bradford, UK. - Associate Fellow
  • 01-JAN-14:  Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds, UK. -  Postgraduate Certificate
  • 01-JAN-08: University of Patras, Greece. - PhD
  • 01-JAN-01: Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece. - Bachelor Degree

  • 01-JAN-14:  Bradford University - Research and Knowledge Transfer Officer
  • 01-JAN-11: University of Leeds -  Research Fellow
  • 01-JAN-09: University College Dublin, Ireland - Postdoctoral Researcher
  • 01-JAN-08: University of Patras, Greece. - Postdoctoral Researcher

  • 01-JAN-17: Best poster award
  • 01-JAN-16: Dragons Den Award for antibacterial composite materials
  • 01-JAN-11: Best poster award

  • General Administration: Materials Characterisation
  • General Administration: Lecturer in Biomaterials

  • 30-JAN-18: US20150232252A1 - Bioflavonoid coated materials

  • Workshops and Meetings Co-organiser: 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


TitleFluorescence Spectroscopy Analysis of Bacteria Mineral Interface Adsorption of Lipopolysaccharides to Silica and Alumina (2020)
AuthorsFateh El-Taboni, Emily Caseley, Maria Katsikogianni, Linda Swanson, Thomas Swift,* 4andMariaE.Romero-Gonzaĺez*
PublisherAmerican chemical society
TitleFluorescence Spectroscopy Analysis of the Bacteria-Mineral Interface: Adsorption of Lipopolysaccharides to Silica and Alumina. (2020)
AuthorsEl-Taboni F;Caseley E;Katsikogianni M;Swanson L;Swift T;Romero-González ME;
TitleHighly-branched poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) functionalised with pendant Nile red and chain end vancomycin for the detection of Gram-positive bacteria (2019)
AuthorsSwift T.;Katsikogianni M.;Hoskins R.;Teratarantorn P.;Douglas I.;MacNeil S.;Rimmer S.
JournalActa Biomaterialia
TitleHighly-branched poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) functionalised with pendant Nile red and chain end vancomycin for the detection of Gram-positive bacteria (2019)
AuthorsSwift, Thomas; Katsikogianni, Maria G.; Hoskins, Richard; Teratarantorn, P.; Douglas, I.; MacNeil, S.; Rimmer, Stephen
JournalActa Biomaterialia
TitleAntibiotic functionalised polymers reduce bacterial biofilm and bioburden in a simulated infection of the cornea (2018)
AuthorsDoroshenko, N.; Rimmer, Stephen; Hoskins, Richard; Garg, P.; Swift, Thomas; Spencer, H.L.M.; Lord, Rianne M.; Katsikogianni, Maria G.; Pownall, D.; MacNeil, S.; Douglas, C.W.I.; Shepherd, J.
JournalBiomaterials Science
TitleTransition metal complexes of a versatile polyalkoxy oxazolidine-based ligand derived from in situ cyclization (2018)
AuthorsSaleem, Ayaan; Kobielska, Paulina A.; Harms, K.; Katsikogianni, Maria G.; Telford, Richard; Novitchi, G.; Nayak, Sanjit
TitleFörster Resonance Energy Transfer across interpolymer complexes of poly(acrylic acid) and poly(acrylamide) (2017)
AuthorsSwift, Thomas; Paul, N.; Swanson, L.; Katsikogianni, Maria G.; Rimmer, Stephen
TitlePhysicochemical and antibacterial characterization of a novel fluorapatite coating (2016)
AuthorsAlhilou, A.; Do, T.; Mizban, L.; Clarkson, B.H.; Wood, David J.; Katsikogianni, Maria G.
TitleStorage Stability of an Antioxidant Active Packaging Coated with Citrus Extract Following a Plasma Jet Pretreatment (2014)
AuthorsContini, C.; Katsikogianni, Maria G.; O'Neill, F.T.; O'Sullivan, M.; Boland, F.; Dowling, D.P.; Monahan, F.J.
TitleMechanism of action of an antioxidant active packaging prepared with Citrus extract (2014)
AuthorsContini, C.; Katsikogianni, Maria G.; O'Neill, F.T.; O'Sullivan, M.; Dowling, D.P.; Monahan, F.J.

TitleScaffolds for blood vessel tissue engineering (2019)
AuthorsBazgir M.;Hancox Z.;Raja T.I.;Gentile P.;Ferreira A.M.;Zhang W.;Mozafari M.;Katsikogianni M.;Youseffi M.;Coates P.;Sefat F.
JournalHandbook of Tissue Engineering Scaffolds: Volume One
TitleBiomaterial functionalized surfaces for reducing bacterial adhesion and infection (2016)
AuthorsKatsikogianni M.;Wood D.;Missirlis Y.
JournalHandbook of Bioceramics and Biocomposites
TitleBiomaterial Functionalized Surfaces for Reducing Bacterial Adhesion and Infection (2016)
AuthorsKatsikogianni, Maria G.; Wood, David J.; Missirlis, Y.F.

Other typeEncyclopedia Entry
TitlePolymer Technologies for the Control of Bacterial Adhesion - From Fundamental to Applied Science and Technology (2014)
AuthorsKatsikogianni, Maria G.; Missirlis, Y.F.

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