Dr Sophie Cox PhD, BEng, FHEA

Dr Sophie C. Cox

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

Contact details

School of Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Sophie C. Cox is an Associate Professor in Healthcare Technologies in the School of Chemical Engineering and the Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI) at the University of Birmingham. Her 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.

Sophie Cox is part of the Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI), an interdisciplinary network of over 70 academics working together to advance new technologies and treatments that encourage better tissue healing and rehabilitation tools.  The HTI brings together leading experts from a variety of disciplines across the University of Birmingham, including chemical engineering, biomedical science, computer science, applied mathematics, chemistry and physics. Researchers across campus are working collaboratively to speed up the translation of new discoveries into health applications.


  • Cert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Birmingham, 2018
  • 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 additively manufacture novel implants with embedded therapeutics.

Sophie was appointed as a Lecturer in Healthcare Technologies (September 2016) at the University of Birmingham. She now leads a team focused on medical device innovation through advanced manufacturing and biomaterials.


Sophie teaches on the undergraduate and masters programmes in the School of Chemical Engineering.

Postgraduate supervision

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

We are always looking for highly motivated and hardworking people to join our team.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Opportunities that arise will be advertised through the group twitter account @htibham 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. 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. Funded positions will be advertised on findaphd.com.


Sophie's research is focused on chemically and physically manipulating biomaterials with the aim of creating technologies that instruct tissue regeneration or overcome clinical challenges. She pursues a multidisciplinary approach to medical device innovation with expertise in chemical synthesis, advanced manufacturing, and formulation engineering. Through working closely with healthcare professionals and industry, Sophie strives to drive our research towards application.

Our translational activities are underpinned by fundamental understanding of disease progression and natural regenerative processes. Employing a multi-modality approach to analyse the physicochemical properties of target tissues enables her team to better recapitulate key performance requirements.

Key current areas of research that Sophie leads, include:



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