Ollie completed a BSc in Biological Sciences at the Bristol University of the West of England. After two years working in medical device sales, he did an MSc in Biomedical research with the University of Bristol. Following this he achieved an MRes in Biosciences from University College London.
Currently, Ollie is undertaking a PhD under the London interdisciplinary doctoral programme (LIDO) within the Neves and the Gentleman’s labs.
Ollie’s project will model regeneration of the intestinal epithelium to investigate the mechanical effect of fibrosis as a comorbidity of Inflammatory Bowel disease (IBD). By embedding human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived intestinal organoids (hIOs) within a synthetic hydrogel (contributed by the Gentleman lab), he aims to develop a reductionist model of IBD to investigate hIO repair under pathological stiff (fibrosis) and soft (degradation) matrix conditions. His work will help to unravel the role of tissue mechanics in intestinal regeneration, independently of inflammation.