Julian graduated in Biochemistry (St Anne’s College, Oxford) in 1983 and joined the Surgical Unit, St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London as a biochemist. He then moved to Dept Anatomy & Cell Biology, Imperial College for his PhD in endothelial cell biology, followed by a joint post-doctoral project with St Mary Hospital Medical School, Manchester, studying pre-eclampsia.
He then moved to The RAFT Institute, and established a research programme to develop an angiogenic approach for skin reconstruction. He invented ‘Smart Matrix’ pro-angiogenic synthetic dermal replacement, and led the clinical product development and translation to GMP manufacture. This involved a start-up company, SmartMatrix Ltd, for which he was CSO from 2011-13. He then took a Lecturership at the Open University, and joined the Department's Institute of Biomedical Engineering in 2016.
julian now leads a group developing Bio-Intelligent Biomaterial Scaffolds and clinically relevant, cost-economic biomaterial manufacture processes.