PhD Biomedical Engineering, University of Durham, 1999
BSc Mechanical Engineering, University of Durham, 1993
MSc Bioengineering, University of Strathclyde, 1994
Professional Qualifications and Memberships:
Member, Optical Society of America
Member, Society of Applied Spectroscopists
Fellow of the Society of Biology
Member, European Society for Biomaterials
Active member, Orthopaedic Research Society
Dr Elfick's research portfolio encompasses many aspects of orthopaedics. Most notable amongst these is research into the wear performance of total joint replacements. This work is augmented with investigation of the cellular/tissue reaction to orthopaedic biomaterials and their wear products. Further research has included empirical biomechanical evaluation of fracture fixation products for the femur and humerus.
Optical spectroscopy is a very valuable tool for non-invasively probing the chemistry and molecular structure of matter. The application of optical spectroscopy to materials science and live cell diagnostics are great. Instrumentation is being developed to investigate the utility of conducing near-field optical microscopy and spectroscopy using an apertureless approach.
Synthetic Biology is an emergent discipline in which we undertake to rationally design and fabricate biological devices which show some desired functionality. SynBio draws heavily on the engineering design process and notions of abstraction and standardisation. I am an instructor on the Edinburgh iGEM team and Director of one of the recently funded BBSRC Networks in Synthetic Biology.
The tribology of biological systems is in general poorly understood at the molecular level. On-going basic science research into the molecular lubricating ability of adsorbed proteins, glycoproteins, lipids, polyelectrolytes and so on will inform many future medical and engineering applications.
Director of the BBSRC Synthetic Biology Network on Standardisation
US-UK Fulbright Commission, Distinguished Scholars Award, University of California Berkeley, 2003
EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship, 2004-2009
Royal Academy of Engineering, Global Research Award, University of California Berkeley, 2003