Daniel David White

Daniel David White


I have been at the University of Leeds since 2011 where I initially started studying Mechatronics and Robotics, based in the School of Electrical Engineering, before transferring to Nanotechnology in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering. My dissertation was on the synthesis and characterisation of polymer-coated barium titanate nanoparticles for biomarker applications. Following my undergraduate studies, I stayed at Leeds in 2016 to study a masters in Material Science with a dissertation in biomedical implant wear debris characterisation. In 2017 I began my 1st year of the CDT Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine at Leeds where I started my PhD project in 2018 under the supervision of Dr Georg Feichtinger and Dr Neil Thomson.

Research interests

I am currently undertaking a PhD research project where I am developing a novel electrophoresis system that uses electroosmotic flow of ions and plasmid DNA (pDNA) molecules to nucleate and grow pDNA-loaded calcium phosphate and magnesium phosphate nanoparticles within an agarose gel matrix. The nanoparticle physicochemical properties are being optimised for gene therapy applications in musculoskeletal tissue engineering by modulating electric field densities and other parameters. My main research areas include:

  • Musculoskeletal tissue engineering
  • Gene therapy
  • Biomaterials
  • Electroosmotic nanoparticle synthesis
  • Nanoparticle characterisation



  • Current: PhD in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • MSc (Integrated Masters) in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
  • MSc Materials Science
  • BSc (Hons) Nanotechnology