Dr Felicity de Cogan

Felicity de Cogan

Institute of Microbiology and Infection
Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellow

Contact details

Medical School Building
Institute of Inflammation and Ageing
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Felicity’s research interest is in novel clinical materials and she has filed 4 patents through the University of Birmingham. She has worked in the fields of drug delivery, Materials Science, drug delivery and microbiology and the development of antimicrobial agents for over 8 years and has high impact publications in the field including Angew. Chem and Soft Matter. She has developed peptide design for drug delivery applications and the concept of peptide-materials grafts to create smart material coatings.

Felicity led a team of microbiologists and chemists, including Dr Anna Peacock, who have developed and patented an antimicrobial coating called NitroPep for surfaces, which is clinically proven to kill bacteria such as MRSA and E.coli. To find out more visit NitroPep.


  • PhD 2008
  • MChem 2004


Felicity qualified for her MChem (Hons) in 2008 from the University of York. She then moved to the University of Manchester to undertake a PhD in Medicinal Chemistry and Biomaterials under Professor Julie Gough and Dr Simon Webb. After graduating in 2012 she moved to the School of Metallurgy and Materials at the University of Birmingham for her first post-doctoral post looking at modifying the surface of medical implants to create smart materials. Following this she was offered a NIHR SRMRC trauma centre fellowship between the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Medical School at the University of Birmingham. She was recently awarded an ARVO fellowship and has started building the ocular drug delivery team.


Felicity currently lectures on the Biomaterials MRes she also carries out small group teaching on several undergraduate courses in the Medical School covering a variety of topics.

Postgraduate supervision

Felicity’s research group currently consists of a post-doctoral researcher, two PhD students, four masters students and several undergraduate students.


Felicity’s current research projects include:

  • Investigating the complex relationship between fibrotic cytokines and their antagonists in retinal tissues and how this mechanism relates to the development of ocular diseases such as proliferative vitreoretinopathy.
  • Developing a platform technology for ocular drug delivery to both the front and the back of the eye, particularly looking at delivery of age-related macular degeneration drugs via  topical administration
  • Exploiting the human anti-fibrotic/anti-TGF β response to develop novel treatments for glaucoma which can be delivered topically.
  • Designing osseoinductive coatings for implant materials which rely on low energy, low cost manufacturing to reduce the high cost of implants  for the NHS
  • Developing smart coatings for implant materials which can prevent infection, modulate scaring and be tailored to specific patients and or diseases

Other activities

Felicity is a STEMnet ambassador, Nuffield Supervisor and Outreach Representative for the NIHR SRMRC she is also the elected PERCAT representative for Clinical and Experimental Medicine.


Kelly M, Williams R, Aojula A, O’Neill J, Trzinscka Z, Grover LM, Scott RAH, Peacock AFA, Logan A, Stamboulis A and de Cogan F (2015) Peptide Aptamers: Novel Coatings for Orthopaedic Implants. Materials Science and Engineering[Epub ahead of print]

Hill L, Mead B, Blanch RJ, Ahmed Z, de Cogan F, Morgan-Warren PJ, Mohamed S, Leadbeater W, Scott RAH, Berry M and Logan A (2015) Decorin reduces intraocular pressure and retinal ganglion cell loss through fibrolysis of the scarred trabecular meshwork. IOVS [Epub ahead of print]

de Cogan F, Booth A, Gough JE and Webb SJ (2013) Spatially controlled apoptosis induced by released nickel(II) within a magnetically responsive nanostructured biomaterial. Soft Matter 9:2245-53

de Cogan F, Booth A, Gough JE and Webb SJ (2011) Conversion of Magnetic Impulses into Cellular Responses by Self-Assembled Nanoparticle-Vesicle Hydrogels. Angewandte Chemie International Edition English 50(51):12290-3

de Cogan F, Gough JE and Webb SJ (2011) Adhesive interaction between cells and biotinylated phospholipid vesicles in alginate:towards new responsive biomaterials. Journal of Material Science:Materials in Medicine 22(4):1045-51

Leng F, Gough JE and Webb SJ (2010) Enhancing Cell Culture in Magnetic Vesicle Gels. Material Research Society Proceedings 1272: 1271-PP07-02

Moffat JR, Coates IA, Leng F and Smith DK (2009) Metathesis within Self-Assembled Gels-Transcribing Nanostructured Soft Materials into a More Robust Form. Langmuir 25(15):8786-93

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