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Award-Winning Researcher Dresses and Impresses

University of Wolverhampton researcher Dr Abhishek Gupta has used his lifelong passion
for scientific discovery to help develop treatments for a crucial area in medicine.

A seven-year research project by the award-winning lecturer in anatomy and physiology has resulted in what could be a game-changing new wound dressing, which he hopes will reduce pressure on the NHS.

The biodegradable dressing, made from all-natural materials, is set to improve the lives of people living with chronic wounds, meaning wounds that fail to heal in a “normal” and timely manner. The sustainable dressings are more than 95% water, and use the natural healing properties in materials such as curcumin and silver to stimulate healing.

I look forward to working with my colleagues, industrial collaborators, and students here at the University of Wolverhampton and at Punjabi University.

Abhishek says: “I look forward to working with my colleagues, industrial collaborators, and students here at the University of Wolverhampton and at Punjabi University as we move on to the next stage of the project and making the dressings available for public use."

Abhishek started at the University of Wolverhampton in 2005 as a research student, where he boosted his research skills, developed his teaching abilities, and covered teaching as a visiting lecturer. For these opportunities and more, he says that the University has always been highly supportive of his work and career, explaining that the opportunities he received from the institution were invaluable.

As an academic, the University supported him to complete a PGCert qualification, to attend workshops plus national and international conferences, and secured time away from teaching for him to undertake research.

Now, alongside his career successes and his research into chronic wound dressings, he has been recognised for his achievements and selected to receive a highly respected accolade.

Abhishek says: “Due to the support of the University in my research and academic journey, and with the blessings of my parents, I received the Hind Rattan Award on the 14th April 2022. This is for keeping the flag of India high with my contributions in the field of science and education, during the 41st International Convention of Non-Resident Indians in India.”

When asked about his scientific interests, Abhishek says: “I have always been fascinated with science. I was always keen to know about the human body and biochemistry and how different medicines work.

“When I first observed a cadaveric post-mortem, I was fascinated with the way our body is organised and how I could apply all the theoretical knowledge I developed over the years to relate to the cause of death. This further developed more curiosity and interest in me for science.”

Let’s hope that Abhishek’s scientific curiosity never ends, and leads to even more discoveries in the future.