Tuesday 29 November 2022

Keble Engineering Fellow awarded ERC Starting Grant

Keble Engineering Fellow Christopher Proctor is one of four researchers at Oxford to have been awarded a major European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant.

Christopher Proctor joined Keble as a Tutorial Fellow in September 2022. He is an Associate Professor in Bioelectronics and BBSRC David Phillips Fellow at the Department of Engineering Science whose research focuses on developing bioeletronic systems to improve healthcare and advance bioscience. He intends to use the ERC Starting Grant to create new bioelectronic technologies with a focus on treating neurological disorders such as epilepsy.

Chris said, ‘I am very grateful for the support of the ERC as well as my mentors and peers who have encouraged me throughout the process.’

‘[We] will develop controlled drug delivery systems that can release drugs when and where they are needed in response to biomarkers of disease. The University of Oxford is a great place for this type of interdisciplinary work that bridges concepts from materials to engineering to medicine.’

The ERC is the premier European funding organisation for outstanding frontier research and awards Starting Grants to early-career researchers who show great promise and have submitted an excellent research proposal. The awards provide up to 2.5 million Euros over five years for these exceptional researchers to launch their own projects, form their teams, and pursue their most promising ideas.”