Dr Sophie Cox PhD, BEng

Dr Sophie C. Cox

School of Chemical Engineering
Lecturer in Healthcare Technologies
Chair Postgraduate Student Staff Committee

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School of Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Sophie C. Cox is a Lecturer in the School of Chemical Engineering and the Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI) at the University of Birmingham. She is a principal investigator within the Tissue Regeneration And Interfaces Lab (TRAILab) whose vision is to improve patient quality of life by innovating new medical devices with unprecedented functionality. These translational activities are underpinned by basic science focused on understanding the biological response to biomaterials and unearthing mechanisms of action.


  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering, University of Warwick, 2013
  • BEng Engineering, University of Warwick, 2010


Sophie graduated from the University of Warwick with a first class BEng (Hons) degree in 2010. Having ignited a passion for research, Sophie went on to study for a PhD in the Warwick Manufacturing Group under the supervision of Dr Kajal Mallick. Funded by a Chancellor’s scholarship, her research explored different calcium phosphate synthesis methods, and the development of a 3D ink-jet printing method to manufacture porous structures intended for use in bone tissue engineering. 

Following completion of her studies in 2013, Sophie was awarded an Early Career Fellowship and continued to work as a Project Engineer within the material’s research group at WMG. Sophie joined the Tissue Regeneration and Interface Lab (TRAILab) in 2014 as a Research Fellow under the supervision of Professor Liam Grover. During this time she worked on a project to design and manufacture novel implants with embedded therapeutics.

Sophie was appointed as a Lecturer in Healthcare Technologies in September 2016.   


Doctoral Research

We are always looking to work with highly motivated and talented scientists. Specific funded opportunities will be advertised on the jobs website when available.

Details of how to join the TRAILab:

Postdoctoral Researchers

Opportunities that arise will be advertised through the group twitter account @TRAILaboratory and in prominent advertisers such as the jobs website and through the University’s webpages.

PhD and MSc Research Students

Applications are welcomed from suitable candidates who wish to study for a PhD within the group. Funded places for home/EU students are available and several opportunities to support study through scholarships are also possible for excellent candidates from all around the world. We are also pleased to support exchange of doctoral students nationally and internationally. Please contact Sophie to discuss possible PhD and MSc research opportunities.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Cox co-supervises a number of masters and PhD research students within the School of Chemical Engineering.


Research in the TRAILab is focused on chemically and physically manipulating biomaterials with the aim of creating technologies that instruct tissue regeneration or overcome clinical challenges. We pursue a multidisciplinary approach with expertise in chemical synthesis, advanced manufacturing, and formulation engineering. Through working closely with healthcare professionals and industry, we strive to drive our innovations towards application.

Our technologies are founded on fundamentally understanding disease progression and natural regenerative processes. Employing a multi-modality approach to analyse the physicochemical properties of target tissues enables our team to better recapitulate key performance requirements.

Key current areas of research that Sophie leads within TRAILab, include:


For a full list of publications please see here.

  • Cox, S.C., et al., 2015. 3D printing of porous hydroxyapatite scaffolds intended for use in bone tissue engineering applications. Maters Sci and Eng: C, 47, pp.237-247.
  • Cox, S.C., et al., 2016. Adding functionality with additive manufacturing: Fabrication of titanium-based antibiotic eluting implants. Maters Sci and Eng: C, 64, pp.407-415.
  • Moxon, S.R., Cooke, M.E., Cox, S.C., et al., 2017. Suspended manufacture of biological structures. Adv Maters, 29 (13).
  • Davies, O.G., Cox, S.C., et al., 2017. Annexin-enriched osteoblast-derived vesicles act as an extracellular site of mineral nucleation. Sci Rep, 7(1), p.12639.
  • Hughes, E.A., Cox, S.C., et al., 2018. Interfacial Mineral Fusion and Tubule Entanglement as a Means to Harden a Bone Augmentation Material. Adv Health Maters.
  • Hassanin, H., Finet, L., Cox, S.C., et al., 2018. Tailoring selective laser melting process for titanium drug-delivering implants with releasing micro-channels. Additive Manu, 20, pp.144-155.
  • Cox, S.C., et al., 2017. Surface Finish has a Critical Influence on Biofilm Formation and Mammalian Cell Attachment to Additively Manufactured Prosthetics. ACS Biomater Sci & Eng, 3(8), pp.1616-1626.
  • Bannerman, A., Williams, R.L., Cox, S.C. & Grover, L.M., 2016. Visualising phase change in a brushite-based calcium phosphate ceramic. Sci Rep, 6, p.32671.

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Expertise in the development of healthcare technologies and the associated regulatory framework.