Gemma Mestres Beà
Senior lecturer/Associate Professor at Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering
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.
- 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)
- I am course responsible of the MSc course "Innovation of Molecular Biosensors" (3MG049).
- I am course responsible of the MSc course "MEMS for Life Sciences" (1TM132)
- I am course responsible of the PhD course "Biological characterisation of biomaterials".
- I am teaching several guest lectures at Biomaterials I and Biomaterials II.
Telephone: +46 (0)18 471 3235 Email: email@example.com
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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