Alvaro Sanchez-Rubio: When you are 3D printing StemCell-laden artificial bone scaffolds and the material decides to show some love! – University of Glasgow is paving the way towards bioengineered and bioprinted artificial organs and tissues – WHERE WILL SCIENCE TAKE US?
Stylianos Sarrigiannidis: Calcium phosphate: A mineral similar to the one found in our bones (Mag: x15K)
Sara Trujillo-Muñoz: Are you a cell looking to enhance your signalling pathways? We provide you with the right environment! Check out our engineered hydrogels that will guide you throughout your journey. If these endothelial cells could find their way, so can you! #CellsInGels
Douglas Venters: Astrocytes growing through a 3D synthetic polymer hydrogel to form connections with each other. Stained for immunofluorescent microscopy in green for actin, blue for nuclei and red for GFAP, an astrocyte marker.
Dr Marco Cantini (with Dr Virginia Llopis-Hernandez and Evangelia Printezi): No nanometric well can stand between a cell and its prey. Check out how bendy this stem cell is when there are some proteins to reach for! The cell actively explores these protein-coated nanowells and as a result its membrane “nanoimprints” the underlying topography.
Mark Sprott: Proteins form nanonetworks on a medical grade plastic film covered with polymer brushes created by surface initiated atomic transfer radical polymerisation. The functional polymer brushes provide biomimetic interaction with proteins, allowing control of cell behaviour. AFM scan image shows and area of 15 square microns.
Dr Aleixandre Rodrigo-Navarro: Mouse tail cells (C2C12) interacting with a biofilm of an engineered strain of Lactococus lactis, a bacterium species widely found in dairy products.
Dr Kimia Witte: Immortalised mouse muscle cell(s) trying to escape a gel made of super long sugar-molecules found in brown algae
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