The concept of my research topic is dictated by my interest in manufacturing modern and functional solutions by combining thermo-sensitive injectable hydrogels and short electrospun nanofibrous materials for tissue engineering applications. Such a combination brings many benefits, i.e., injectability, sensitivity to the change of temperature, structural stability, and morphology that fairly mimics native ECM.
I am strongly motivated to have an active role in developing new strategies in the field of biomaterials.
Education and professional experience
Research skills and interests
My research interests and, consequently, skills involve manufacturing smart hydrogel scaffolds susceptible to temperature change. Obtained this way, materials were systematically studied to assess their relevance for tissue engineering applications. Additionally, for the last several years, I have been involved in forming scaffolds using the electrospinning process, functionalization of their length, hydrophilicity, and bioactivity, as well as characterization via DSC, SEM, DMA, FTIR, WCA, viscometry, and others.
Current research and related projects
Project Investigator of PRELUDIUM 15 project funded by National Science Center (NCN) entitled: “Thermally sensitive hydrogels filled with bioactive nanofibers for regeneration of nervous tissue,” Grant number: 2018/29/N/ST8/00780.
The aim of the project is to obtain a thermosensitive, injectable hydrogel functionalized with electrospun, biologically active nanofibers and investigate the effect of such functionalization from the perspective of tissue engineering requirements. Combining hydrogel systems with nanofibers allows obtaining materials with a unique structure that fairly mimic the native extracellular matrix (ECM) and favorable properties from the perspective of applications in tissue engineering.
The hydrogel system consists of the following components: