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I am an assistant professor of chemistry at the State University of Paraíba, Northeast of Brazil. I started my position in April 2012 and since then I am trying to develop more knowledge on how polyP can act as a colloid arresting agent. I have focused my work on bentonite and laponite, with the objective to make new functional materials. For laponite based systems, we envisage that they may be good for tissue engineering, in the form of Wigner glasses, shear-thinning hydrogels and coacervates. Once our group is concerned to the development of new materials, collaborations are vital to exam them as potential biomaterials.
Prof. Dr. , University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
I am a chemist and material scientist. Since 2006, I is closely collaborating with the group of W.E.G. Müller and joined his team at the University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz in 2009. My research activities focus on: ● Development of bioinspired materials for biomedical applications. ● Development of morphogenically active polyphosphate based biomaterials and bio-ink. ● Development of novel strategies for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, e.g. for bone and cartilage repair/regeneration as well as for wound healing etc. ● Development of regeneratively active scaffolds/implants by traditional techniques and 3D printing. ● Characterization of the physical-chemical properties of bioinorganic materials.
My achievements include ● Elucidation of the mechanism of hardening of biogenetically formed silica and of the enzymatic formation of calcium carbonate “bio-seeds” in bone mineralization. ● Demonstrate the process of coacervate formation of inorganic polyphosphate in the presence of protein and its role in the transformation of the polyphosphate nanoparticles into the biologically active form. ● Taking nature as a blueprint, development of innovative biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, as well as, more recently, for application in antiviral therapy.
PhD Student, UCIBIO.REQUIMTE/ Faculdade de Farmácia da Universidade do Porto
I obtained my PhD in plant molecular biology from the University of Nottingham and have spent the past 30 years in science publishing. I've worked for various journals, including Nature and Trends in Biochemical Sciences, and also edited many books. I was the Executive Editor of FEBS Open Bio from its launch in 2011 until 2019.
Chair of the FEBS Working Group on the Careers of Young Scientists, University of Seville - CSIC