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Prof. Maria-Pau Ginebra

Maria-Pau Ginebra Biomaterials Research Barcelona UPC ICREA Directora CMEM Mimetis

Full Professor


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Researcher Profile at FUTUR

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Prof. Maria Pau Ginebra obtained a degree in Physics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and completed her PhD Thesis at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), under the supervision of Prof. Ferdinand Driessens and Prof. Josep Anton Planell. At present, she is full professor and Head of the Department of Material Science and Metallurgical Engineering of the UPC, as well as Director of the Biomaterials Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering Group of the Centre for Research in Biomedical Engineering of the UPC. Her research gave birth to relevant contributions in the development of new biomaterials for bone regeneration, bone tissue engineering and controlled drug release, as well as the study of the mechanism controlling the interactions between biomaterials, cells and tissues, which was possible owing to the integrated work of a team of 30 multi-disciplinary researchers. She centred her interest in the processing and characterisation of a new generation of Biomimetic calcium phosphates, which imitates the extracellular matrix of bones, including injectable biomaterials such as cements and foams which allow incorporating biopolymers and biologically active biomolecules. Furthermore, her research is centred in new strategies of biofabrication, including scaffolds for tissue engineering, bioinspired substrate and 3D printing of implants for regenerative medicine.

She is author of more than 175 articles in peer reviewed indexed international journals in the Web of Science, and 220 contributions to international congresses, in addition to having edited 3 books and being author of 16 chapters of books. She has been visiting professor in several foreign Universities, such as Dankook University (Korea), University of Minnesota (USA) and has imparted more than 40 lectures in international Congresses. She is also actively involved in translational research to the clinics and industry, being the inventor of 10 patents, four of them licensed to companies and currently exploited. In 2013 she participated in the creation of Mimetis Biomaterials as co-founder, and still holds the title of President of the company.

She has been the president of the International Society for Ceramics in Medicine, and in 2014 she organized the annual congress, Bioceramics 26, in Barcelona. She is also part of the scientific committee of two prestigious journals: Acta Biomaterialia and Journal of Tissue Engineering.

In 2008 and 2013 she received the ICREA Academia Prize and in 2012 the Narcis Monturiol Medal, both given by the Autonomous Government of Catalonia. In 2013, she received the prize Racquel LeGeros for her contribution to the calcium phosphate biomaterials field of research, by the International Society for Ceramics in Medicine. Since 2015 she is President of the Appeals Committee of the Quality Assurance Agency for the University System if Catalonia (AQU Catalunya).