Sandra Camarero-Espinosa

Dr. Camarero-Espinosa was educated at the University of the Basque Country (Spain) where she obtained her BSc. degree as Chemical Engineer and M.Sc. in Engineering of Advanced Materials. After a 2 years stay at the CICBiomaGune institute (San Sebastian, Spain) she moved to develop her doctoral studies at the Adolphe Merkle Institute (Fribourg, Switzerland). She obtained her PhD degree in 2015 in Polymer Chemistry and Bioengineering and was recognized with an award for an outstanding PhD thesis by the Swiss Chemical Society.

After gaining an early post-doctoral  fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation, in 2015 she moved to Brisbane (Australia) to work at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology where she continued her research in instructive biomaterial scaffolds and their interaction with stem cells. She then joined in 2017 the MERLN institute at Maastricht University (The Netherlands) where she focused her studies on the fabrication of additive manufactured/3D printed scaffolds for the regeneration of complex tissues. In 2018 she was recognize as Future Faculty Scholar by the PMSE division of the American Chemical Society.

In 2020 Sandra joined the BERC POLYMAT as an EMAKIKER and Marie Sklowdoska-Curie fellow to develop her research in stimuli-responsive scaffolds for the regeneration of the osteochondral interface. In 2021 she estabished the BioSmarTE Lab and in 2022 she became a fellow of the Young Academy Europe.

Her research group interests revolve around the regeneration of complex tissues thourgh the design of smart implantable scaffolds that can stimulate the generation of healthy tissue. This passes through the synthesis and functionalization of biomaterials, the development and exploitation of biofabrication techniques, the design of stimulu responsive systems, the understanding of stem cell processes and their interactions with biomaterials, and the design of cellular models of disseas that allow us to understand the underlaying phatologies.