Dr Erik Hughes

PERCAT Rep for the School of Chemical Engineering

What is your academic background and your current research field? Image of Erik Hughes

I am a Research Fellow within the Tissue Regeneration and Interfaces Laboratory (TRAIL) based at the Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI), School of Chemical Engineering. I am currently working on a NIHR SRMRC funded project “Reconstruction of Hard Tissues”. The project aims to develop scalable next generation medical materials and devices for hard tissue repair and regeneration. This includes pro-osteogenic bioceramics that can stimulate enhanced bone formation at the site of a bone defect. I joined PERCAT as a rep in August 2019.

What is your role as a PERCAT Rep and how can postdocs in your school contact you?

My role is to be a voice for the post-doc community and make post-docs like myself aware of the diverse range of seminars and events run by PERCAT to support post-doc development. I welcome communication over email (e.a.b.hughes@bham.ac.uk) and am happy to meet in person to discuss how PERCAT can make a difference for you.

What do you feel are the benefits of the PERCAT programme for postdocs and what do you feel have been the benefits to you from being a postdoc rep?

As a post-doc at Birmingham for 3 years, I have benefited from attending several PERCAT seminars and the annual PERCAT conference. These have been fantastic events that I highly recommend. Now as a rep, I enjoy engaging with post-doc researchers across the University where we work to together to identify the needs of the community and provide the best opportunities for career development in academia and beyond.