Robert Keatch

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Professor of Engineering & Discipline Lead


Professor Robert Keatch graduated with a degree and PhD in Electronic Engineering from the University of Dundee where his research focussed on developing microengineering techniques for the international energy fusion programmes in Europe and the USA.

He moved into academia in 2001 and as a senior lecturer he was appointed Head of the Division of Mechanical, Electronic and Biomedical Engineering and undertook strategic initiatives which allowed for a new approach to multidisciplinary teaching partnering with colleagues in Life Sciences, Medicine and the Business School. This multidisciplinary approach identified an International employers market for students with a wide range of diverse backgrounds and excellent problem solving and management skills.

This led to the development of new undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Renewable energy, Biomedical Engineering, Medical Imaging and Industrial Engineering.


Professor Robert Keatch founded the multi-disciplinary Bioengineering Research Group focused on generating complex 3D scaffolds used in wound healing, surface and materials modulation, with the principal objective of his group to promote cross-disciplinaryresearch interaction between Engineering, Life Sciences, Mathematics, and Medicine. In particular his research includes work on the synthesis and development of novel biocompatible scaffolds to use as in-vitro assays for fundamental studies of cell behaviour such as cell adhesion, proliferation, migration and signalling.

He has extensive expertise in microengineering, fabrication techniques, materials and biomechanics and has applied his research interests to cover a wide range of biomedical activities, from designing miniature medical devices to investigating complex cell and bacterial behaviour on microfabricated 3D structures.

Currently Professor Keatch has been appointed as Project Leader to work on engineering projects with the CMS Technology group at CERN, specifically looking at issues relating to running experiments on the Large Hadron Collider.

Selected publications

L Wang, R Keatch , Q Zhao , J Wright, C Bryant, A Redmann, E Terentjev “Influence of type-I fimbriae and fluid shear stress on bacterial behaviourand multicellular 2 architecture ofearly Escherichia coli biofilms at single-cell resolution”Appl. Environ. Microbiol. doi:10.1128/AEM.02343-17 12 Jan2018

Y Zhao, B Zhao, X Su, S Zhang, S Wang, R Keatch, Q Zhao, “Reduction of bacterial adhesion on titanium-doped diamond-like carbon coatings” Biofouling,Vol. 34(1) 15 Jan 2018

S Coleman, C Tapia-Siles, M Pakleppa, J Vorstius, R Keatch, B Tang, A Cuschieri “A hydraulically driven colonoscope”, Surgical Endoscopy and Other Intervention Techniques.,Volume 30(10),pp 4515–4524doi: 10.1007/s00464-016-4784-2Oct2016

G. Guan, C. Li, Y. Ling, J. Vorstius, R. Keatch, R. Wang , Z. Huang, "Quantitative evaluation of degenerated tendon model using combined optical coherence elastography and acoustic radiation force method"J. Biomed. Opt. Vol. 18(11), pp 111417 doi:10.1117/1.JBO.18.11.111417, 05 Nov 2013

R.P Keatch, A.M Schor, J Vorstius, S.L Schor, “Biomaterials in Regenerative Medicine: Engineering to recapitulate the natural”,Current Opinions in Biotech. (COBIOT -1040), doi:10.1016/j.copbio.2012.01.017, ISSN 0958-1669, Vol. 23(1-4), 2012