Gemma Mestres Beà

Senior lecturer/Associate Professor at Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Division of Microsystems Technology

Email:
gemma.mestres[AT-sign]angstrom.uu.se
Telephone:
+4618-471 3235
Visiting address:
Ångströmlaboratoriet, Lägerhyddsvägen 1

Postal address:
Box 35
751 03 UPPSALA

Short presentation

I am leading a new research line on biomaterials-on-chip, developing more reliable test methods to characterise the biological properties of biomaterials using a microfluidic-based platform.

I am co-coordinating the Uppsala Team for SensUs international competition on biosensors for healthcare.

I am a member of the steering group of the Junior Faculty at Uppsala University (chair 2020)

Since 2020, I belong to the board of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering.

Short CV
  • 2016, docent in Engineering Sciences with specialization in Materials Science, Uppsala University (Sweden)
  • 2015-ongoing, senior researcher at EMBLA group, Uppsala University (Sweden)
  • 2012-2015, postdoc at Materials in Medicine group, Uppsala University (Sweden)
  • 2012, PhD Biomaterials, Technical University of Barcelona (Spain)
  • 2007, BSc Chemistry, Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain)

Courses

Telephone: +46 (0)18 471 3235 Email: gemma.mestres@angstrom.uu.se

My research during my PhD aimed at developing novel inorganic materials for bone regeneration. During my first postdoc at the Materials in Medicine Group (Uppsala University) I evaluated the biological properties of such materials, paying special attention to inflammatory response.

I performed my second post-doc at the EMBLA group (Uppsala University) I started developing an improved in vitro model of the blood-brain-barrier. Such a model to test the efficacy of a drug to cross the blood-brain-barrier would be very relevant in clinics and would allow decreasing the number of animal lives sacrificed nowadays to perform these tests.

Since 2017 I am running my own research direction, where I aim to use my knowledge on biomaterials, in vitro studies and microfluidics to create a new microfluidic device that will allow to study the biological properties of bone repair biomaterials.

Awards and grants

  • 2021 Göran Gustafsson Big prize for Young Researchers
  • 2021 Magnus Bergvalls Stiftelse
  • 2020 Innovation Prize for the SensUs Team I am coordinating
  • 2018 Göran Gustafsson prize for Young Researchers
  • 2018 Stint, Initiation Grant
  • 2018-2022 VR, Starting Grant
  • 2017-2019 Formas, Future research leaders
  • 2017 - Innovation Prize for the SensUs Team I am coordinating
  • 2015 Foundation Lars Hiertas Minne
  • 2014 Foundation Lars Hiertas Minne
  • 2013-2016 VINNOVA, Marie Curie Incoming
  • 2013 European Doctoral Award 2013. Awarded by the European Society of Biomaterials
  • 2008-2012 Scholarship from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education for PhD studies

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Gemma Mestres Beà