Institute: The School of Clinical Dentistry, The University of Sheffield
During my research career I have gained extensive experience working at the interface of materials and manufacturing, particularly in the manufacture, characterisation and in vitro testing of biomaterial devices for tissue engineering applications. Following my PhD at The Institute of Bioengineering at the University of Elche (Spain) I moved to the UK in order to establish my academic career. I have recently obtained a lectureship in Dental Materials and Manufacturing Science at The School of Clinical Dentistry, a post that I started on the 1st of January 2014.
During my PhD I worked on the preparation and characterisation of nanomaterials for photothermal therapy, drug delivery applications and biomineralisation processes. In parallel to my work with nanomaterials I developed my skills in polymeric device fabrication through the preparation of regenerative medicine scaffolds via manufacturing techniques including freeze-drying, microstereolithography and electrospinning. With these projects I built up my expertise in scaffold manufacturing and polymer characterisation, in particular in the fabrication of biocompatible scaffolds based on polymers including polycaprolactone, polylactic acid and polyethylene glycol diacrylate. During my work at the University of Sheffield (funded initially by the Wellcome Trust prior to obtaining an EPSRC-Landscape Fellowship and subsequently my recent lectureship) I worked on the microfabrication of 3D biodegradable platforms for neural healing and corneal regeneration. My most recent work has been focused on the fabrication of biodegradable membranes for corneal and musculoskeletal repair equipped with synthetic microenvironments emulating specific aspects of the native stem cell niche.
Manufacturing of biomaterial devices for hard and soft tissue engineering (e.g. bone and cornea)
Design and fabrication of 3D synthetic microenvironments (“niches”) in which to study aspects of stem cell behaviour
Fabrication of smart electrospun materials for drug delivery applications
Materials synthesis and characterisation
Additive Manufacturing Techniques
In vitro and Ex vivo Models (cornea, skin, brain &bone)