Dr Sara Trujillo Munoz
- Research Assistant (Biomedical Engineering)
My current research pursues to engineer microenvironments for the efficient presentation of growth factors for bone regeneration, with application in veterinary patients. My position in this grant involves continuous and close collaboration with clinicians to develop a safe and efficient bone graft for canine patients.
In addition, I work on the development of synthetic hydrogel biomaterials that contain full-length proteins from the extracellular matrix, to exploit certain aspects of the natural cell microenvironment but with further control over biophysical properties such as stiffness and degradability.
My research interests include the design and fabrication of novel hydrogel biomaterials to mimic the extracellular matrix in physiological or pathological conditions to be used in regenerative medicine and also to understand the cellular mechanisms that lead to disease.
“Development of new bioinks for the efficient presentation of growth factors for tissue engineering applications.” EPSRC IAA, co-applicant, £10.5k.
Mobility funding 2016, £2.5k (Internal mobility fund in the James Watt School of Engineering) to cover expenses during a secondment at the University of Pennsylvania (United States).
James Watt Studentship (doctoral scholarship), "Engineering fibronectin-based hydrogels as novel three-dimensional microenvironments to promote microvasculature growth", 2014-2018, £66k.