Staff at Materials in Medicine
Håkan Engqvist - Professor
I am the founder and leader of the MiM group. My research is focused towards understanding of the connection between synthesis, structure and properties of biomaterials, especially bioceramics for hard tissue replacement and drug delivery.
Wei Xia - Associate Professor
I am currently responsible for “Synthetic Ceramic Biomaterials” in the Materials in Medicine group. I am interested in Synthetic Bio- and customized- materials, and my research is focused on:
- Strong ceramics for dental and spinal applications
- Nano-structured bioactive ceramics for bone repair and regeneration
- 3D printed biomaterials and the surface modification
- Bioceramics for DDS, e.x. Guided neuron growth, ASIT, Pain reliever, Transdermal delivery
- PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China.
- BSc in Materials Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, China.
Caroline Öhman Mägi - Associate Professor
Bio coming soon
Marjam Ott - Associate Professor
I established and am the responsible for the Materials in Medicine Cell Laboratory and my research interests include, the effect of biomaterial nanostructures on cell response with specific emphasis on inflammation.
- Associate Professor (Docent Competence), Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, Uppsala University, Sweden.
- PhD in Surface Biotechnology with specialization in cell biology, Department of Surface Biotechnology, Uppsala University, Sweden.
Philip Procter - Adjunct Professor
I am industry-based, self-employed and my main interest is in translating biomaterials from the laboratory to clinical use to match unmet clinical needs. My research interests are:
- Biomimetic injectable biomaterials
- Tissue adhesives
- Bone graft substitutes
- Chartered Engineer (FIMechE, UK) and Chartered Scientist (FIPEM, UK)
- PhD. Biomedical Engineering, Strathclyde University, Scotland.
- BTech. Mechanical Engineering, Brunel University London, UK.
Michael Pujari-Palmer - Postdoc
My research focuses on the interaction between cells, tissues and biomaterials. There are three main lines of research: a) Development of a new type of biocompatible bone and cartilage tissue adhesive, which bonds to metal, ceramic and other tissue surfaces; b) Development of materials that induce bone growth (osteoinductive materials), specifically involving inorganic additives that mimic growth factors, like BMP-2; c) Identifying the contribution of inflammation, and immunomodulation by bioceramics, on osteoinduction.
- PhD in Engineering Physics with Specialization in Materials Science, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
- MSc in Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas, Arlington, USA.
- BSc in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, University of California, San Diego, USA.
Alejandro López - Research Engineer
One of my main responsibilities is to act as an interface between our group, its suppliers, users and collaborators. I give support in the areas of materials synthesis and analysis, tribo-mechanical testing, surface analysis, electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and ICP spectroscopy. I also provide scientific/technical consulting services to local and international companies as well as manage our laboratory, and source supplies and equipment.
- PhD in Engineering Physics with Specialization in Materials Science, Uppsala University, Sweden.
- Visiting Researcher, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK.
- MSc in Materials Science and Engineering, Technical University of Catalonia & Luleå UT, Barcelona, Spain & Luleå, Sweden.
- BEng in Materials Engineering, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela.
David Wenner - Research Engineer
Bio coming soon
Torbjörn Mellgren - PhD student
In order to treat bone voids caused by trauma, cancer or birth defects, such as cleft palate, bone is routinely harvested from other parts of the patient’s own body. The aim of my research is to find synthetic alternatives, based on calcium phosphate, which perform as good or better than harvested bone. My research includes inorganic synthetic, material characterization and pre-clinical evaluation of these materials.
- MSc in Chemical Engineering, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
Susanne Lewin - PhD student
My research interests are biomechanics and biomaterials for bone regeneration. In my PhD thesis project, I mainly evaluate clinically available craniofacial implants with the aim of better understanding the functional use and complications. I use computed tomography and quantitative image analysis for evaluation of the pre-clinical and clinical performance. Currently, I am investigating the mechanical (quasi-static and dynamic) performance of the implants by mechanical testing, and computational modeling.
- MSc in Solid Mechanics, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden.
- BSc in Materials Science and Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden.
Lee Fowler - PhD student
- The work I perform focuses on antibacterial biomaterials that have the ability to detect bacterial growth on the material surface. I want to understand how copper can be used to do this and why it is effective at this.
- MSc in Medical Engineering, The University of Hull, UK.
- BSc in Mechanical Engineering, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town, South Africa.
Amina Vazda - PhD student
My research concerns developing an inhalation method for pain treatment in which ceramics are used as a dose units. This includes both finding suitable ceramics and material characterization.
- MSc in Chemical Engineering, Uppsala University, Sweden.
Camilla Berg - PhD student
My research concerns synthesis and characterization of ceramic nanoparticles along with evaluation of their performance in dental applications. This includes both development of the synthesis strategy for a robust fabrication process as well as testing of the materials in in-vitro conditions.
- MSc in Chemical Engineering, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
Roger Giró - Master thesis' student
Currently, I am a master student in the Bio and Nanomaterials program, carrying out my master's thesis in adhesive ceramics. My target is to gain a deep knowledge in the interactions between biomaterials and bone.
- BSc in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
Xiuwen Li - Master thesis' student
I am working with the MiM group on a cement-based adhesive in hope that it will help cartilage regenerations in the future. Love reading, traveling, dogs and Sci-Fi movies. And I am ready to boldly go where no one has gone before!
BEng in Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China.
Bioactive Coatings and Antibacterial Approaches for Titanium Medical Implants
Spark plasma sintered ZrO2-SiO2 glass ceramics and Si3N4 bioceramics
Calcium Phosphate Based Biomaterials for Bone Augmentation
Bone-compliant cements for vertebral augmentation
The biological and physical performance of high strength dicalcium phosphate cement in physiologically relevant models
Can Bone Void Fillers Carry Load?: Behaviour of Calcium Phosphate Cements Under Different Loading Scenarios
Glass Ionomer Cements with Improved Bioactive and Antibacterial Properties
Nanofeatures of Biomaterials and their Impact on the Inflammatory Response
Antibacterial Strategies for Titanium Biomaterials
Silicon nitride for total hip replacements
Ceramic Materials for Administration of Potent Drugs
Additives Increasing the Bone-Forming Potential around Calcium Phosphate Cements: Statin, Strontium and Silicon
Physical Properties of Acidic Calcium Phosphate Cements
Injectable Biomaterials for Spinal Applications
Bioactive Surgical Implant Coatings with Optional Antibacterial Function
Biomimetic Deposition of Hydroxyapatite on Titanium Implant Materials
Nanoscale Osseointegration: Characterization of Biomaterials and their Interfaces with Electron Tomography
Premixed Acidic Calcium Phosphate Cements
Friction and Wear Mechanisms of Ceramic Surfaces: With Applications to Micro Motors and Hip Joint Replacements
Functional Ceramics in Biomedical Applications: On the Use of Ceramics for Controlled Drug Release and Targeted Cell Stimulation