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Prof. Cecilia Persson leads the BioMaterial Systems (BMS) research group within the Division of Applied Materials Science at Uppsala University. She aims to take an integrated approach to solving clinical problems. To do this, the group uses their combined competence in materials science, mechanical and biological engineering. Projects revolve around the development and characterization of new biomaterials but also characterization of soft and hard tissues. Other projects focus on the design and characterization of implants, alone or in combination with tissues.

Prof. Per Isaksson addresses problems in the theoretical and applied mechanics of solids. My and my colleagues' focus is on problems concerning fracture and deformations in complex heterogeneous materials. The approaches are theoretical, i.e. combinations of analytical and numerical studies, and always supported by vital experimental observations. The numerical methods utilized are mainly high-performance multiscale computer models based on phase field fracture theories or non-linear finite elements. 

Dr Gry Hulsart Billström is a post-doctoral researcher in the BioMaterial Systems group at Uppsala University. Her main interest is to explore the biological response of biomaterials tailored for bone. She does this using in vitro and in vivo models, which she tries to optimise to mimic clinical situations and addressing the 3Rs from Russell and Burch. Gry works with patient tissue, cell culture and especially in vivo longitudinal imaging using µCT and radio-nuclear imaging. The aim is to visualize the biomaterial's action in vitro and in vivo.

Dr Susan Peacock project manages the NU-SPINE project. She has worked as a Project Coordinator at Uppsala University since November 2017, prior to which she worked as a Portfolio Manager at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in the UK.

Cecilia Alsmark - Project Coordinator

Cecilia joined the group in June 2019 as a part-time project coordinator.

Short CV

  • 2019-March 2020   Project coordinator, Uppsala University
  • 2018-current          Research officer, Uppsala University
  • 2013-2018              Researcher, National Veterinay Institute, Uppsala
  • 2009-current          Researcher, Uppsala University
  • 2004-2008              Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow, Newcastle University
  • 2003-2004              Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Natural History Museum, London
  • 1997-2002               PhD Molecular Evolution, Uppsala University
  • 1992-1996               MSc in Biotechnology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Email: cecilia.alsmark@uadm.uu.se

Role in the project: Uppsala University co-ordinates the project, and provides main supervision to ESRs 1, 2, 11 and 15. Uppsala University is responsible for delivering Work Packages 1 (Training and career development), 2 (Synthesis of novel materials with enhanced biocompatibility), 6 (Exploitation and dissemination), 7 (Netowrk management) and 8 (Ethics).