National Physical Laboratory

Nilofar Faruqui

Current interests

Nilofar Faruqui
  • Biomimetic/bio-inspired materials
  • Cell-matrix interaction
  • Biophysical characterisation of biomolecules


Nilofar Faruqui received an MSc in Biomolecular Organisation from Birbeck College, University of London, in 2000, followed by postgraduate research pursued at IRC in Biomedical Materials at Queen Mary, University of London. The research at IRC focused on in vitro characterisation of a novel bioceramic material.

She has been working at NPL since September 2007. Her current research focuses on the cellular interaction of synthetic ECM mimetics for tissue regeneration and wound healing.

Selected publications

  • Analysis of personal care products on model skin surfaces using DESI and PADI ambient mass spectrometry
    T. L. Slater, F. M. Green, N. Faruqui, I. S. Gilmore
    Analyst, 136 (16), pages 3274-3280 (2011)
    DOI: 10.1039/C1AN15138J
  • Diffusion of biologically relevant molecules through gel-like tissue scaffolds
    S. J. Roberts, P. E. Tomlins, N. Faruqui, J. A. J. Robinson
    Biotechnology Progress, 27 (1), pages 251-261 (2011)
    DOI: 10.1002/btpr.512
  • Encouraging Nature with Ceramics: The roles of surface roughness and physio-chemistry on cell response to substituted apatites
    C. Christophy, N. R. Faruqui, L. Di Silvio, K. Hing
    Advances in Science and Technology, 'Biomedical Applications of Smart Materials' (eds. P. Vincenzini, D. DeRossi), 57, pages 22-30 (2009)
    DOI: 10.4028/
  • Nano-scale manipulation of silicate-substituted apatite chemistry impacts surface charge, hydrophilicity, protein adsorption and cell attachment
    N. Faruqui, I. S. Harding, T. Buckland, K. A. Hing
    Int. J. Nano and Biomaterials, 1 (3), pages 299-319 (2008)
    DOI: 10.1504/IJNBM.2008.016877
  • Surface charge and the effect of excess calcium ions on the hydroxyapatite surface
    I. S. Harding, N. R. Faruqui, K. A. Hing
    Biomaterials, 26 (34), pages 6818-6826 (2005)
    DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2005.04.060

Contact details

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Last Updated: 12 Jun 2013
Created: 5 Dec 2011


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