Dr Marco Cantini
- Research Associate (Biomedical Engineering)
Marco Cantini is a Research Associate in the Biomedical Engineering Research Division of the School of Engineering of the University of Glasgow since 2013. He has a Bachelor (2004) and a Master Degree (2006) in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and Politecnico di Torino in Italy, with full marks and honours. Marco got a PhD in Bioengineering, with European mention, in 2010; his PhD research in the field of tissue engineering was focussed on the design of dynamic culture systems for stem cell culture. From 2010 to 2013, he held post-doctoral researcher positions at the Universitat Politècnica de València and at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia in Spain, focussing his interest on the modulation of cell-protein-material interactions to control cell fate.
Marco currently works on material-based strategies to engineer tissue repair and regeneration, in the Microenvironments for Medicine (MiMe) group of the University of Glasgow led by professor Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez. Marco works on an ERC-funded project on material-driven fibronectin fibrillogenesis to engineer synergistic growth factor microenvironments for bone regeneration. His current research interests include the design of biointerfaces and microenvironments to simulate the spatio-temporal cues of the extracellular matrix in both physiological and pathological conditions, protein adsorption, cell adhesion, and stem cell differentiation.
Llopis-Hernández, V., Cantini, M., González-García, C., Cheng, Z. A., Yang, J., Tsimbouri, P. M., García, A. J., Dalby, M. J., and Salmerón-Sánchez, M. (2016) Material-driven fibronectin assembly for high-efficiency presentation of growth factors. Science Advances, 2(8), e1600188. (doi:10.1126/sciadv.1600188) (PMID:27574702) (PMCID:PMC5001810)
Mpoyi, E. N., Cantini, M., Reynolds, P. M., Gadegaard, N., Dalby, M. J., and Salmerón-Sánchez, M. (2016) Protein adsorption as a key mediator in the nanotopographical control of cell behavior. ACS Nano, 10(7), pp. 6638-6647. (doi:10.1021/acsnano.6b01649) (PMID:27391047)
Marín-Pareja, N., Cantini, M., Gonzalez-Garcia, C., Salvagni, E., Salmeron-Sanchez, M., and Ginebra, M.-P. (2015) Different organization of type: collagen immobilized on silanized and nonsilanized titanium surfaces affects fibroblast adhesion and fibronectin secretion. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 7(37), 20667. (doi:10.1021/acsami.5b05420) (PMID:26322620)
Cantini, M., Sousa, M., Moratal, D., Mano, J. F., and Salmeron-Sanchez, M. (2013) Non-monotonic cell differentiation pattern on extreme wettability gradients. Biomaterials Science, 1(2), pp. 202-212. (doi:10.1039/c2bm00063f)
Co-supervision of PhD candidates:
- Fatma Bathawab (Surface mobility and stem cell fate, expected 2016)
- Eleni Grigoriou (Mechanosensitive fibronectin-based microenvironments, expected 2017)
- Frankie Vanterpool (Fibronectin and cancer, expected 2017)
- Mark Bennett (Role of surface mobility in cell/material interactions, expected 2017)
- Elie Ngandu Mpoyi (Biointerfaces to reveal collagen IV disease mechanism, expected 2017)
- Mark Sprott (Synergistic microenvironments to control stem cell fate, expected 2018)
- Vassilis Papalazarou (Bioengineering microenvironments for pancreatic cancer cell invasion, expected 2018)