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Dr Baljit Kaur Thatti (née Ghatora)


My research on ophthalmic materials and analytical techniques applied in the analysis of materials gained first prize in the Annual Materials, Minerals and Mining conference, and was also displayed at the SET for Britain road show hosted at the Houses of Parliament.  I have strong industrial links that help feed into research informed teaching and help collaborate with research grant applications.  I am a futuristic diverse leader that has achieved certificate of the ILM "Different leaders Executive Development Programme" and has taken part in the StellarHE leadership programme. 

I have established, led and maintained active research programmes in the interdisciplinary field of medical devices and the application of analytical science to Forensics/criminology. Some of the research grants include:

  • Royal Society of Chemistry researcher mobility and early career research grants to the value of £5000.00
  •  £130,000 Innovate UK grant 

I am equally passionate about inspiring the next generation of scientists and have led and developed on university wide initiatives for outreach programmes as well as being engaged in creating an inclusive environment in chemistry and related subjects.  These initiatives have led to some of the following grants:

  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion grant to the value of £2500
  • Royal Society Partnership grant to the value of £2000
  • RSC outreach grant for £2500 for a "Chemistry & Art collaboration".
  • I am a STEM NET ambassador

I have gained experience in applying and providing supporting documents for accreditation of degrees, as well as validation of internal and external programmes.  I was responsible for setting up and managing the departments personal tutor system and was awarded the Student Led Personal Tutor of The Year award in 2016.  I am an ambassador of equality and diversity and have led on Athena SWAN and Race Equality Charter Mark awards.

Academic responsibilities

Associate Professor in Analytical & Forensic Chemistry


  • PhD Analytical Chemistry & Materials Science
  • BSc Pharmaceutical Science
  • Senior Fellow of Advance HE (Formerly Higher education academy)

Teaching and learning


I have built a strong interest in analytical techniques used in materials and Forensic research. I have supervised both undergraduate and postgraduate students within this interdisciplinary research area, including applying analytical techniques to blood pattern analysis, plasticisers in polymers, aging and degradation studies, sterilisation studies and biomaterial applications.  I was awarded a knowledge transfer partnership grant (£130,000) to collaborate with a world leading intraocular lens manufacturer to investigate the development of new ophthalmic materials.  This area of research has gained interest with international university collaborations and subsequent grants are currently being prepared with Erasmus partners. 

More recently I have been awarded an RSC award to supervise analytical based research with undergraduate students in collaboration with a contact lens manufacturer.  Equally I have gained funding from the Royal Society Partnership grant to promote the application of "chemistry" in Forensic science.     


Number of items: 19.


Ghatora, Baljit, Renshaw, Layla, Burrell, Lisa and Doran, David (2017) Inter-professional learning across the forensic science and paramedic science degrees. Journal of Forensic Research and Analysis, 1(1),

Ghatora, Baljit and Strutt, Robert (2017) Incorporating entrepreneurship skills into chemistry and related curriculums. New Directions in the Teaching of Physical Sciences, 12(1), ISSN (online) 2051-3615

Ghatora, Baljit K., Foot, Peter J.S., Barton, Stephen J., Thatti, Ravtej S., Papagni, Antonio and Vaghi, Luca (2017) Surface perfluoroalkyl chains segregation : a tool for reducing calcium deposits in medical grade poly(methyl methacrylate). Journal of Biomaterials and Nanobiotechnology, 8, pp. 176-187. ISSN (print) 2158-7027

Goddard, Sharon.L., Brown, Richard.J.C. and Ghatora, Baljit (2016) Determination of beryllium concentrations in UK ambient air. Atmospheric Environment, 147, pp. 320-329. ISSN (print) 1352-2310

Lacey, Joseph, Ghatora, Baljit, Foot, Peter, Barton, Stephen and De Cock, Romain (2016) Intraocular lens calcification after DSEK : a mechanism and preventive technique. Cornea, 35(9), e28-e30. ISSN (print) 0277-3740

ElShaer, Amr, Mustafa, Shelan, Kasar, Mohamad, Thapa, Sapana, Ghatora, Baljit and Alany, Raid G. (2016) Nanoparticle-laden contact lens for controlled ocular delivery of prednisolone : formulation optimization using statistical experimental design. Pharmaceutics, 8(2), E14. ISSN (online) 1999-4923

Ghatora, Baljit K., Barton, Stephen J., Foot, Peter J. S. and Miller Tate, Philip (2014) The effect of direct gas fluorination on medical grade poly(methyl methacrylate). Open Journal of Organic Polymer Materials, 4(4), pp. 74-83. ISSN (print) 2164-5736

ElShaer, Amr, Ghatora, Baljit, Mustafa, Shelan and Alany, Raid G (2014) Contact lenses as drug reservoirs & delivery systems: the successes & challenges. Therapeutic Delivery, 5(10), pp. 1085-1100. ISSN (print) 2041-5990

Barton, Stephen J., Foot, Peter J. S., Miller Tate, Philip C., Kishi, Mariko and Ghatora, Baljit (2013) The effects of gamma irradiation on medical grade poly(methyl methacrylate). Polymers and Polymer Composites, 21(1), pp. 1-8. ISSN (print) 0967-3911

Foot, Peter J.S., Ghatora, Baljit, Barton, Steve and Sabbagh, Bassem (2011) The effects of gamma sterilisation of PMMA for implanted intra-ocular lenses. Medical Plastics News, pp. 32-34.

Foot, P.J.S., Ghatora, Baljit, Barton, Steve and Sabagh, Bassem (2011) Investigating polymer degradation with triple detection GPC/SEC. Separation Science, 3(6), pp. 2-7.

Conference or Workshop Item

Ghatora, Baljit, Christie, Gillian and Cannon, James (2017) Can we use interdisciplinary outreach programmes to uncover the myths about chemistry? In: Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference: Making Connections, Innovating and Sharing Pedagogy 2017; 29-30 Jun 2017, Edinburgh, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Page, Nigel, Ait Belkacem, Lydia, Gurnett, Kelly, Siaw, Evelyn, Carey, Louise, Ghatora, Baljit, Forster-Wilkins, Gary and Steeds, Emma (2016) Understanding student motivators, aspirations and employability engagement and their effects on the student journey to final employment destinations. In: Higher Education Institutional Research (HEIR) Network Conference 2016: Metrics that matter: future directions for qualitative and quantitative institutional research; 7-8 Sep 2016, Liverpool, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Ghatora, Baljit, Renshaw, Layla, Doran, David and Burrell, Lisa (2016) Collaborative learning across the forensic science and paramedic science degrees. In: Horizons in STEM Higher Education Conference: Making Connections and Sharing Pedagogy; 30 Jun - 01 Jul 2016, Leicester, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Breidi, Salah Eddine, Barker, James, Barton, Steve and Ghatora, Baljit (2014) Chemical tyre rubbers analysis with analytical techniques for the discrimination of car's tyre samples and the subsequent matching to their skid marks. In: World Forensic Festival 2014; 12 - 18 Oct 2014, Seoul, Korea.

Breidi, Salah, Barker, James, Barton, Stephen and Ghatora, Baljit (2014) Discrimination of car tyre rubber samples using ICP-MS, ATR-IR and pyrolysis GC-MS and the subsequent matching to skid marks. In: World Forensic Festival 2014; 12 - 18 Oct 2014, Seoul, Korea.

Ghatora, Baljit [Speaker] (2012) Post-operative complications of poly (methyl methacrylate) employed in intraocular lenses. In: Recent appointees in Materials Science; 05 - 07 Sep 2012, Glasgow, U.K..


Ghatora, Baljit (2010) Effects of gamma-ray sterilization on high molecular weight PMMA for biomedical applications. (Documentation) Malvern, U.K. : Malvern Instruments Ltd. 4 p. (Viscotek application note, no. MRK143)


Ghatora, Baljit (2010) Investigation into the calcification and aging of intraocular lenses. (PhD thesis), Kingston University, .

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