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Degrees and Honours

MA (Cantab), PhD (Cantab)

Membership of Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Fellow of the Institute of Physics

Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Chartered Physicist


Professor Ruth Cameron obtained her PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge, before joining the University's Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy. In October 2020, she took on the role of (joint) Head of the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy. She directs the Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials ( and is also a founder member of the board of the Pfizer Institute for Pharmaceutical Materials Science (

Research Interests

Research themes in medical materials include bioactive biodegradable composites, biodegradable polymers, surface patterning and topography and tissue engineering scaffolds. Research focuses on orthopaedic and spinal applications and heart tissue regeneration with further work in breast tissue engineering, dental repair and 3D imaging. In drug delivery, research is ongoing in tabletting, inhalation devices, and release from degradable implants.

Publications (selected)

  • Z. Yang, S. M. Best and R. E. Cameron - "The influence of a-Tricalcium Phosphate Nanoparticles and Microparticles on the Degradation of Poly(D,L-Lactide-co-Glycolide", Advanced Materials, 2009, 21(38-39), 3900 - 3904.
  • L. M Ehrenfried, D. Farrar and R. E. Cameron - "The degradation properties of co-continuous calcium-phosphate - polyester composites - insights from synchrotron micro tomography", Journal of the Royal Society: Interface, 2010, 7, S663-S674.
  • S. J. Kew, J. H. Gwynne, D. Enea, M. Abu-rub, A. Pandit, D. Zeugolis, R. A. Brooks, N. Rushton, S. M. Best and R. E. Cameron - "Regeneration and Repair of Tendon and Ligament Tissue using Collagen Fibre Biomaterials", Acta Biomateriala, 2011, (7)9, 3237-3247.

For a full list of research topics, books and publications please see full profile on the Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials website.