Inside is an utterly lifelike appendage, swimming in red goo. Alongside it is another dish containing an ear.
‘It’s a world first,’ he says smiling. ‘Nobody has ever grown a nose before.’
His lab is little more than a series of worn wooden desktops strewn with beakers, solutions, taps, medical jars, tubing and paperwork, and looks like a school chemistry lab.
But it’s from here that Seifalian leads University College London’s (UCL) Department of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine, which he jokingly calls the ‘human body parts store’.