Christopher Proctor

Research Associate in the Fabrication and Validation of Implantable Ion Pumps, University of Cambridge

My research is focused on engineering devices and developing materials to enable a seamless connection between electronics and living tissue in order to address intractable disorders. On going project themes include:

Electrophoretic drug delivery: Targeted drug delivery can focus treatment on the region of the body affected by a given pathology thereby enhancing the effectiveness of the treatment while reducing side effects inherent in systemic treatments. Towards that end, we are leveraging the ion conductivity of polymers to develop implantable devices that can deliver drugs precisely when and where they are needed. We showed this to be a promising method for managing epileptic seizures. We are currently testing the efficacy of this approach for treating pathologies such as brain tumours and Parkinson’s disease.

Flexible devices for neural interfaces: We explore the application of organic electronic materials patterned onto flexible polymeric substrates in neural interfacing aiming to understand how the brain works and to develop new tools to address neurological disorders.

Experience

  • –present
    Research associate, University of Cambridge