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Personal Statement

I am a Strathclyde Chancellor’s Fellow within the Biomedical Engineering Department.  I lead a multidisciplinary research team focused on the development of enhanced medical implants.    All of my research is carried out in collaoboration with academic colleagues drawn from pharmacology, chemistry, mathematics and engineering, and I have collaborations with a number of clinical groups and industry partners to help advance the more applied aspects of my programme.   

I graduated from The University of Strathclyde with a BEng (Hon) degree in Chemical Engineering in 2001.  I then moved into industry, working for ExxonMobil as a Process Technology and Applications Development Engineer at their Fawley Refinery in Southampton.  During this two year period, I also completed modular study at the London Business School, as part of their graduate management development programme.  On returning to Strathclyde in 2003,  I embarked upon an EngD within the UK’s first EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Medical Devices and was the first student to graduate from this programme.  My research, which focused on the development of a novel drug-eluting stent for coronary heart disease, won the Stirling Medical Innovation award at the Scottish Cardiovascular Forum 2007.    From 2008 I was employed as a post-doctoral researcher, undertaking research initially within the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences, then within the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Strathclyde.  During this time, I expanded my research at the interface between engineering and the life sciences, developed collaborations with academic, industry and clinical partners, both nationally and internationally, and began securing funding to develop independent research projects. These achievements saw me awarded a Strathclyde Chancellor’s Fellowship in 2014 Award within the Biomedical Engineering Department.


Teaching Interests

I teach on a variety of modules within the MSc/MEng/BEn Biomedical Engineering degree programmes.  My current contributions include:

MSc Biomedical Engineering Programme - Advisor of Studies

BE911 Engineering Science (Module Coordinator and Lecturer)

BE919 Research Methodology (Module Coordinator and Lecturer)

BE903 Cardiovascular Devices (Coronary Stents and Vascular Grafts lectures)

BE901 Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering (Alginates lecture)

BE101 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering (Renal Dialysis Lectures x 8)

I also supervise final year undergraduate research projects and MSc projects.

Research Interests

I have a number of research interests which range from basic to applied research.  My current focus is on the development of cardiovascular medical implants, which perform better and last longer than existing devices and I am currently investigating the role that advanced polymer materials, novel drug delivery technologies, and intelligent monitoring systems have to play in this.  Of particular interest to me is the role that endogenous healing responses play in implant performance and how these might be modulated using regenerative medicine type approaches.  All of my research is carried out in multidisciplinary teams, with academic colleagues drawn from pharmacology, chemistry, mathematics and engineering, and I have collaborations with a number of clinical groups and industry partners to help advance the more applied aspects of my programme.   

Expertise & Capabilities

Cardiovascular implants

Drug Delivery Technology

Non-invasvie monitoring of cells and tissues

Synthetic Artery Manufacture

Infection Prevention

Modelling Vascular Response to Injury

Education/Academic qualification

University of Strathclyde


Bachelor of Engineering, UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE

External positions

Vice Chair NET Grant Panel, Heart Research UK

Member , Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine

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Projects 2012 2022

Advanced Manufacturing for Vascular Grafts

McCormick, C. & Shu, W.

Turemo Aortic Limited


Project: Research - StudentshipResearch Studentship

Advanced Manufacturing Technologies for Blood Vessels

McCormick, C. & Shu, W.

Turemo Aortic Limited


Project: Research - StudentshipResearch Studentship

Research Output 2007 2019

Asymptotic analysis of drug dissolution in two layers having widely differing diffusivities

Vynnycky, M., McKee, S., Meere, M., McCormick, C. & McGinty, S., 9 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics. 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Asymptotic analysis
Asymptotic Analysis
1 Citation (Scopus)

Combining mathematical modelling with in vitro experiments to predict in vivo drug-eluting stent performance

McKittrick, C. M., McKee, S., Kennedy, S., Oldroyd, K., Wheel, M., Pontrelli, G., Dixon, S., McGinty, S. & McCormick, C., 10 Jun 2019, In : Journal of Controlled Release. 303, p. 151-161 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Drug-Eluting Stents
Theoretical Models
Pharmaceutical Preparations


Bioactive surfaces for improved coronary stent performance

Author: Morgan, S., 1 Oct 2016

Supervisor: Black, R. (Supervisor) & McCormick, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Scottish Crucible Award

Christopher McCormick (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Other distinction


Stirling Medical Award

Christopher McCormick (Recipient), Feb 2007

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2009 2018

Tissue Engineered Vascular Grafts: Challenges and Opportunities

Christopher McCormick (Speaker)
14 Nov 2018

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Modelling & Experiments in Drug Delivery Systems

Christopher McCormick (Member of programme committee)
3 Sep 20185 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of special symposia