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Robert Staruch


EPSRC Dstl iCase DPhil Student

  • Defence Speciality Registrar in Burns & Plastic Surgery

Mechanobiology of Blast & Trauma Bioengineering

I studied Medicine at Cardiff University/University of Wales College of Medicine graduating in 2009. During this  time I joined Her Majesties Armed Forces - The Royal Army Medical Corps as a Medical Officer. After graduating in 2009 I  work as a Foundation Doctor in Birmingham as part of the Royal Centre of Defence Medicine. I went on to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2011 to complete my officer training after which I was then posted to 16 Air Assault Brigade, 16 Medical Regiment as a General Duties Medical Officer. I was fortunate to undertook work in Africa and Cyprus with the Kenya Red Cross and United Nations respectively. 

I continued my interest in basic science research with a scholarship at the Royal Free Hospital & University College London as part of the Master's in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Following on from this I completed basic surgical training in London at the Royal Free, St Mary's and Guy's & St Thomas's Hospitals. I moved to Boston in 2016 to undertake a Fulbright Scholarship at Harvard University in cell & tissue engineering.

I obtained my higher speciality training number in 2017 in Burns & Plastics Surgery and in 2018 I received an honorary research fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons and an EPSRC iCase studentship for my DPhil research

I have developed an interested in bioengineering for trauma, particularly to facilitate the early treatment and reconstruction of casualties. I have a clinical interest in trauma reconstruction of the upper and lower extremities - particularly utilising muscle reinnervation and advanced prosthetics. 

I am currently undertaking a DPhil under the supervision of Professor Mark Thompson, Professor James Edwards, Dr Abigail Spear (Dstl) and Professor Rory Rickard (ADMST) in the Mechanobiology Group & Edwards Groups in the Mechanobiology of explosive blast on skeletal muscle homeostasis.