Dr Sophie Cox PhD, BEng

Dr Sophie C. Cox

School of Chemical Engineering

Contact details

School of Chemical Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Sophie C. Cox is a Lecturer in the School of Chemical Engineering working within the Tissue Regeneration And Interfaces Lab (TRAILab.net). Her research focuses on the design of new materials and manufacturing methods to maximise the regeneration of damaged or diseased tissue. She is particularly interested in the relationship between biomaterial properties and biological response as well as the development of additive manufacturing techniques to fabricate medical implants.

Dr Cox currently works on an EPSRC funded project entitled Novel Implant Design with Embedded Therapeutics (NIDMET). She has previously been awarded an Early Careers Fellowship from the Institute of Advanced Study and her doctoral studies were fully funded by the prestigious Chancellor’s Scholarship, both awarded by the University of Warwick.

Sophie frequently gives talks at various international conferences and has published extensively in her field. She collaborates with a number of research groups across different schools at the University of Birmingham as well as in Europe. She is a researcher that is passionate about inspiring the next generation of engineers and regularly disseminates her research through a range of public engagement as well as outreach activities.


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


Sophie graduated with a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from the University of Warwick in 2010. During this time she completed a number of modules in materials science and biomaterials.

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 the 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, Dr Cox was awarded an Early Career Fellowship and continued to work as a Project Engineer within the material’s research group at WMG. Sophie joined TRAILab in 2014 as a Research Fellow.

Postgraduate supervision

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


Journal Articles

  • Eisenstein, N. M., Cox, S. C., Williams, R. L., Stapley, S. A., Grover, L. M., ‘Benside, benchtop, and bioengineering: physiochemical imaging techniques in biomineralization’, Advanced Healthcare Materials, vol. 5(2), 2016
  • Jamshidi, P., Birdi, G., Williams, R. L., Cox, S. C., Grover, L. M., ‘Modification of gellan gum with nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite facilitates cell expansion and spontaneous osteogenesis’, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 2015
  • Cox, S. C., Jamshidi, P., Grover, L. M., and Mallick, K. K.,Importance of processing conditions on the biological response to apatites’, Powder Technology, vol. 284, pp. 195-203, 2015
  • Cox, S. C., Thornby, J. A., Gibbons, G. J., Williams, M. A. and Mallick, K. K., ‘3D printed hydroxyapatite scaffolds intended for use in bone tissue engineering applications’, Materials Science and Engineering: C, vol. 47, pp. 237-247, 2015
  • Cox, S. C., ‘Mimicking Bone - Chemical and Physical Challenges’, Exchanges: Warwick Research Journal, 2 (1), 2014
  • Cox, S. C., Walton, R. I. and Mallick, K. K., ‘Comparison of techniques for the synthesis of hydroxyapatite’, Journal of Bioinspired, Biomimetic and Nanobiomaterials, vol.4 (1), pp. 37-47, 2014
  • Cox, S. C., Jamshidi, P., Grover, L. M., and Mallick, K. K., ‘Preparation and characterisation of nanophase Sr, Mg, and Zn substituted hydroxyapatite by aqueous precipitation’, Materials Science and Engineering: C, vol. 35, pp. 106-114, 2014.
  • Cox, S. C., Jamshidi, P., Grover, L. M., and Mallick, K. K., ‘Low temperature aqueous precipitation of needle-like nanophase hydroxyapatite’, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine, pp. 1-10, 2013.

Other Publications

  • Simmonds, H., Cox, S., Nicholls, S. and Williams, G., ‘The use of intumescent coatings with polymer composites for high temperature automotive applications’, SAE Technical Paper, 2015-01-0713, 2015
  • Cox, S. C. and Mallick, K. K., ‘Preparation of Nanophase Hydroxyapatite via Self Propagating High Temperature Synthesis’, Ceramic Transaction Book Series, Ed: Roger Narayan, Wiley-VCH, 2012
  • Mallick, K. K. and Cox, S. C., ‘Biomaterial Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering’, Frontiers of Bioscience, Special Edition: Next Generation Biomaterials, Encyclopaedia of Bioscience, Ed: Roger Narayan, 2011.
  • Cox, S. C. and Mallick, K. K., ‘Preparation of Porous Hydroxyapatite Scaffolds using Yeast as a Pore Forming Agent’, Ceramic Transaction Book Series, Ed: Roger Narayan, Wiley-VCH, 2011
  • Cox, S. C. ‘Synthesis Methods of Hydroxyapatite’, white paper available online at www.ceram.com


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