Matthew Culbert

Matthew Culbert


I studied chemistry at the University of Leeds and graduated with a BSc and MChem in 2018. I have also achieved a MSc as part of my integrated PhD programme. My PhD provided me with the oppurtunity to apply my knowledge of chemistry within the field of medical technology and now my research involves working across biology, engineering and chemistry.

Research interests

My PhD is focused on the application of self-assembling peptides for nucleus augmentation. A self-assembling peptide is used with a naturally occuring glycosaminoclycan to form a hydrogel that mimics the properties of the healthy intervertebral disc. I am investigating the effect of small changes in the peptide primary structure on the material properties of the hydrogel and its suitability as a nucleus augmentation device. 

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  • MChem - University of Leeds
  • MSc - University of Leeds

Research groups and institutes

  • Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering