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Dr Stuart G. Higgins

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UKRI Future Leaders Fellow / Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering

Stuart is a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow and Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering in the School of Physics, Engineering and Technology, at the University of York. His research focuses on developing bioelectronics and biomaterials for interfacing with biological systems. He also explores research culture and its role in science and academia.

Stuart leads the Complex Interface Team, an interdisciplinary research group investigating the interface between cells, biomolecules and engineered materials, using a combination of bioelectronic and biomaterial tools.

With an interdisciplinary background, Stuart previously working on large-scale particle beamline experiments, developing flexible organic electronics and organic energy harvesting circuits, before moving into bioengineering cell-biomaterial interfaces during his postdoctoral work.

Stuart incorporates improving research culture within his practice, including producing the podcast Scientists not the Science, which features interviews with 70+ people in science-related professions, exploring fundamental themes and challenges within academia. He also has an interest in evidence-based public engagement for reaching underserved audiences.


Years Role
2024-present UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, University of York
2023–present Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering, University of York
2018–2023 Assistant Supervisor / Research Associate, Imperial College London
2016–2018 Reseach Associate, Imperial College London
2015–2016 Research Associate, University of Cambridge
2014–2014 Research Assistant, Imperial College London
2009–2009 Beamline Technician, Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics


Years Role
2023–2024 Module Leader, Emerging Trends in Microengineering (ELE00137M)
2020-2023 Lecturer, Tailoring Cell-Biomaterial Interfaces as part of Advanced Tissue Engineering (MATE97026/70016)


Years Role
2023–present Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), University of York
2010-2014 PhD, Imperial College London
2006-2010 MSci, Imperial College London

Public engagement


Read more about Stuart's previous engagement projects


Diversity and inclusion

  • Cavendish inspiring Womxn
    Produced a series of scientist audio profiles for Cavendish inspiring Womxn, a University of Cambridge-based society promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in physics.

  • Success: is it all in the mind?, Cavendish Inspiring Womxn
    Chaired an expert panel on the impact on biases and success on women in science, and produced the live recording of the event.

Working with schools

  • I’m a Scientist Get Me Out of Here!
    Spent two weeks answering questions and completing online chats with school pupils across the UK and voted winner of Dubnium Zone, by the participating pupils.

Broadcast media