Albert Saiani graduated from the University Louis Pasteur, Strasbourg, France with a MSc in Physics and subsequently did a PhD in Polymer Physics at the same University. Following his PhD he held several post-doctoral positions in Japan, at Osaka University for which he was awarded a Japanese Society for Promotion of Science fellowship (JSPS), in the UK, at imperial College London and in Belgium, at Huntsman Polyurethanes. In 2000 he was appointed lecturer at the University Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand, France before joining in 2002 the University of Manchester where he established with Professor A.F. Miller the Polymers & Peptides Research Group.
His research work spans a wide area of experimental polymer and biopolymer science and focuses on understanding the chemical architecture - thermodynamic - structure - physical property correlations in complex polymeric systems, encompassing a variety of synthetic and biological polymeric materials. His work includes fundamental, industrial, and translational research. In 2006 he was awarded a 6-month industrial fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineers (RAEng) to work at AstraZeneca and in 2013 he was awarded a 5-year research fellowship by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC, UK) to pursue his work on self-assembled peptide biomaterials. In 2014 this work led him to co-found a start-up company, Manchester BIOGEL, which develops and commercialises advanced gel-based combination products for the life science and biomedical sector. In 2016 he was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.