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Here you can meet the Biomaterials Group multidisciplinary research team.
It includes engineers, biotechnologists, chemists and biomedical specialists working together towards highly specialized goals.

Wojciech Święszkowski

PROFESSOR – PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Professor Wojciech Święszkowski obtained his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering at Warsaw University of Technology (WUT), Poland and he completed a four-year postdoctoral fellowship at TU Delft, The Netherlands. He obtained his habilitation at the Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering at WUT, where he is professor and leader of the Biomaterials Group. He visited several universities abroad, including Harvard University and TU Wien. His research interests involve the design of advanced biomaterials for engineering cartilage, bone, tendon, nerve and microvascular tissues, as well as the development of 3D-printing  and bioprinting technologies, computer modeling and characterization of biomaterials, and development of drug delivery systems. He was also Conference Chair of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) European Chapter Conference 2022, held in Krakow, Poland.

Doctorates

Emilia Choińska

RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Her scientific interests are focused on biodegradable polymers and composites, their preparation, modification, characterization, and processing into final structures, mainly into bone scaffolds and local drug delivery systems. She uses research techniques such as: DSC, TGA, GPC, FTIR, UV-VIS spectroscopy, contact angle measurements and SEM. She co-authored many papers published in journals indexed in JCR.

Joanna Idaszek

RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

She is a biotechnologist (WUT) with a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering (WUT).  She is interested in cartilage and bone tissue engineering, 3D bioprinting, decellularized extracellular matrix (dECM) hydrogels and cells – biomaterials interactions. Latest interests include development and characterization of fibre-reinforced hydrogel scaffolds and in vitro evaluation of 3D porous titanium scaffolds fabricated by means of LPBF. She is PI of the project “Osteoinductive hydrogels for regeneration of bone tissue and bioprinting”.

Ewa Kijeńska-Gawrońska

RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
(CEZAMAT)

She is an industrial biotechnologist (M.Sc.Eng.) with a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering.  Specialist in the fabrication of polymeric and composite nonwovens for applications in tissue engineering and biotechnology. Her recent research focuses on developing nanofiber/hydrogel hybrid structures and fibrous structures based on recycled polymers. Co-author of many scientific articles in prestigious journals from JCR. She has participated in many national and international research projects on fabricating tissue scaffolds and drug carriers for applications in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.  PI of the CorPatch project.

Marcin Heljak

RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

His primary interest is focused on the finite element method and artificial intelligence methods application in designing tissue engineering scaffolds. He is an expert in the mechanical characterization of biomaterials. He co-authored many scientific articles published in prestigious international peer-reviewed journals.

Jakub Jaroszewicz

RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

He is specialized in X-ray (XR) analysis/imaging techniques (e.g., XRD, SXRD, PXRD, XANES) and Computed Tomography (CT) of biomaterials such as Ceramics, Composites, Powders and Nanomaterials. His research broaden material characterization towards tissue engineering applications, especially for bone tissues.

Karol Szlązak

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

His research deals with topics related to the design, manufacturing and characterization of modern materials for applications in tissue engineering. In particular, his research interests are focused on innovative solutions in modeling and characterization of materials, including microcomputed tomography supported by qualitative techniques and quantitative analysis of three-dimensional images.

Michał Gloc

SENIOR MATERIALS ENGINEER

He has many years of experience in the selection of materials and materials testing for industry, biomaterials and biocomposites. He is involved in inspections, assessments and analyzes of damages to exploited structural elements. He has been dealing with technologies to obtain materials with unique properties from innovative explosive methods in the field of mechanics and microstructure of metallic materials, which are used as base materials for the bioindustry.

PhD Candidates

Żaneta Górecka

PhD CANDIDATE

Żaneta is working on the development of biodegradable composite materials for medical imaging. Such materials can be used as markers during computer-assisted surgical operations, in diagnostic imaging or during radiotherapy. Moreover, the field of her interest is bone tissue engineering and development of the composite materials for tissue engineering scaffolds, which will improve the bone regeneration.

‪Maciej Łojkowski

PhD CANDIDATE

His research interest is the modification of properties of polymeric thin films by taming the phase separation process and by nanoparticle additives for cell culture studies. He uses Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Force Spectroscopy (FS) to investigate the morphology of solid as well as soft materials, like cells and hydrogels. Other characterization techniques involve FTIR, contact angle and viscosity measurements.

Ewa Walejewska

PhD CANDIDATE

Her research interests focus on the development of three-dimensional (3D) in vitro models for cancer research. As a part of her Ph.D. thesis, she uses osteosarcoma cell lines to produce malignant spheroids embedded in a hydrogel platform. Such bone tumor platform is surrounded by the healthy cancellous bone tissue model fabricated using a 3D printing approach (PED) to study the invasion of cancer cells towards healthy tissue.

David Martínez Pérez

PhD CANDIDATE

He is interested in the design and development of 3D printed medical devices with antimicrobial properties, such as orthopedic implants, catheters, and wound dressings. He uses drop on demand (DOD) to develop novel antimicrobial coatings on orthopedic implants and catheters, and melt electrowriting (MEW) to manufacture novel wound dressings loaded with antimicrobial compounds to prevent bacterial skin infections.

Alessia Paradiso

PhD CANDIDATE

Her research interests revolve around microfluidic-assisted 3D-(bio)printing techniques for soft tissue engineering. She mainly works in the biofabrication field, to develop hydrogel-based fibrous scaffolds for tissue microvascularization using a co-axial wet-spinning technology.

Marina Volpi

PhD CANDIDATE

Her research focuses on the biofabrication of hydrogel-based highly biomimetic scaffolds for skeletal muscle tissue engineering, using 3D bioprinting and microfluidic spinning.

Diana Martínez Guerrero

PhD CANDIDATE

She is researching the corrosion performance of biodegradable magnesium-based implants for bone-implants applications. Her specific research focuses on the assessment of implant degradation and characterization of the surface morphology and chemical composition of the corrosion layers formed on Mg-based devices from in vitro tests and in vivo animal models by using electron microscopy.

Pasquale Posabella

PhD CANDIDATE

He started his PhD programme in 2021. He is currently working on the design, stereolitography (SLA) 3D printing, and analysis of porous structures aimed at optimising mechanical properties of, among others, the engineered bone tissue. More specifically, his research also focuses on machine-learning algorithms coupled with finite-element analysis.

Aleksandra Zielińska

PhD CANDIDATE

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