Affiliation: Basque Centre for Macromolecular Design and Engineering

Keywords: Tissue Regeneration, Smart Materials, Biofabrication, Stem Cells


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Portrait of Dr. Sandra Camarero-Espinosa

Sandra Camarero-Espinosa is a Young PI and Ikerbasque Research Fellow at the Basque Centre for Macromolecular Design and Engineering POLYMAT where she leads the BioSmarTE research team. Sandra’s research interests revolve around the regeneration of complex tissues, through the design and exploitation of functional smart scaffolds. The use of materials that can be actuated remotely and allow to control the applied stimuli to surrounding cells is one of the approaches used to target tissue regeneration. Further, the design of hierarchical biomaterials whose properties can be tuned mimicking nature and, the study of the effect of these ones on cell fate and matrix deposition are key to her research.

Dr. Camarero-Espinosa developed her PhD studies at the Adolphe Merkle Institute (Fribourg, CH) and obtained her degree in Polymer Chemistry and Bioengineering in 2015. She was recognized with an award for an outstanding PhD thesis by the Swiss Chemical Society. After gaining an early post-doctoral  fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation, in 2015 she moved to Brisbane (Australia) to work at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology where she continued her research in instructive biomaterials scaffolds and their interaction with stem cells. She then joined in 2017 the MERLN institute at Maastricht University (The Netherlands) where she focused her studies on the fabrication of additive manufactured/3D printed scaffolds for the regeneration of complex tissues and the development of actuating scaffolds. In 2020 Sandra joined the POLYMAT as an EMAKIKER and The University of the Basque Country as Marie Sklowdoska-Curie fellow to develop her research in stimuli-responsive scaffolds for the regeneration of the osteochondral interface.