We are an interdisciplinary team developing creative bioengineering research.
Anisotropic and Biomimetic 3D Environments
Novel techniques to generate hydrogel environments with
precise chemical and physical composition and anisotropy.
read more
Self-Assembling Supramolecular Composites
Self-assembling of multiple types of molecular building-blocks to
create extracellular matrix mimetics.
read more
Dynamic Self-Assembling Membranes
Self-assembling biomolecules in innovative ways to create hierarchical
structures with novel properties.
read more
Membranes for Tissue Regeneration
Robust and bioactive membranes and scaffolds made from natural
and recombinant proteins for regenerative medicine.
read more
Materials for Controlled Biomineralization
Molecular templates to nucleate and guide the growth of
minerals into complex hierarchical structures.
read more
Cell-instructing Topographies and 3D Structures
Precise micro and nanotopographies on surfaces or 3D structures
designed to control biological responses.
read more

The Mata Lab

Nature has evolved to grow and heal sophisticated structures through the assembly of multiple types of molecular building blocks. As the need for more efficient regenerative solutions increases, it is essential to develop approaches that can more accurately recreate these complex biological systems.

We work at the interface of supramolecular chemistry and engineering to develop materials and fabrication processes that can bridge the gap between molecular design and macroscopic functionality for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. We aim to use phenomena such as protein order-disorder synergies, compartmentalisation, and molecular self-assembly and techniques such as bioprinting to develop supramolecular tools to engineer materials with high programmability, hierarchy, and capacity to recapitulate the functionality of natural tissues in a controlled manner.

Through this approach, we are developing more efficient regenerative therapies and biologically relevant in vitro models.

Featured News

@mata_lab

- 1 day ago

@NiethammerLab: One of my favorite experiments: Zebrafish neutrophils moving towards a pipette filled with arachidonic acid. https://t.co/iymNeKkXc8
h J R
@mata_lab

- 1 day ago

@amaia_cipitria: Our article "Dual alginate crosslinking for local patterning of biophysical and biochemical properties" is now available online. Here is the free share link: https://t.co/NOBw7DbvZU https://t.co/XqfKjs9X6E
h J R
@mata_lab

- 1 day ago

@TheDrBaker: Almost two years in, we're still learning a lot from this system. Stay tuned for more coming soon! Thanks @Gels_MDPI for the highlight! https://t.co/MgDLGsBiLc
h J R
@mata_lab

- 1 day ago

@acsnano: Exosome #nano delivery for #wound #healing https://t.co/4p9lqF24vb from David Clemmer & Subhadip Ghatak @IndianaUniv /PSW @PSWnano https://t.co/QeZlvlwVpu
h J R
@mata_lab

- 1 day ago

@AdvSciNews: This image shows the distribution of elements in a growing mouse bone. Zinc accumulates in the extracellular matrix at the "mineralization front" @1Hannis @Lund_BioMech @ImperialBioeng @MikaelJTurunen @NiamhNowlan Read the #openaccess article: https://t.co/27nieJTZ30 https://t.co/GYIcJ7ep5d
h J R