Alvaro MATAHead of the Group

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Costa Rica

Research Scope

Alvaro Mata’s research aims to integrate supramolecular chemistry with engineering principles to develop creative and innovative ways to use biomolecules to build intelligent and functional biomedical devices. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Kansas, a Master’s Degree from the University of Strathclyde, and a Doctor of Engineering Degree from Cleveland State University. During his doctorate he worked at The Cleveland Clinic with Prof. Shuvo Roy and from 2005-2008 as a Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Samuel Stupp at Northwestern University. From 2008-2013 he was Head of the Nanotechnology Platform at Parc Científic Barcelona in Spain and from 2014-2017 he was the Director of the Institute of Bioengineering at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). He is currently Professor of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at QMUL.

Biography

2016 – present:Professor of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, QMUL, UK.
2014 – 2017:Director of the Institute of Bioengineering, QMUL, UK.
2013 – 2016:Associate Professor, School of Engineering & Materials Science, QMUL, UK.
2008 – 2013:Head of the Nanotechnology Platform, Parc Científic Barcelona, Spain.
2005 – 2008:Postdoctoral Fellow, Prof. Samuel Stupp, Northwestern University, USA.

Education

2000 – 2005:D.Eng., Bioengineering. Cleveland State University, The Cleveland Clinic, USA.
1998 – 1999:M.Sc., Bioengineering, University of Strathclyde, UK.
1994 – 1998:B.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas, USA.

Honours and Awards

2018: Top 50 most read publications in Nature Communications 2018, Chemistry and Materials Science.

2018: Member of the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform – Smart Materials Hub.

2018: Member of the Editorial Board of International Materials Reviews.

2017: Member of the Editorial Board of Regenerative Biomaterials.

2017: Member of the Editorial Board of Methods and Protocols.

2017: Member of the Strategic Alliance Committee of TERMIS-EU.

2016: Member of the Board of the Biomedical Engineering Division at IMechE.

2015: Frontiers Innovator Award, Wellcome Trust.

2015: Member of Board of Centre for Inflammation and Therapeutic Innovation at QMUL.

2014-16: External Examiner of the MRes in Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London.

2012: ERC Starting Grant, European Research Council.

2010: Ramon y Cajal Award, Ministry of Science and Innovation, Government of Spain.

2009: Torres Quevedo Award, Ministry of Science and Innovation, Government of Spain.

2007: MRS Award for an oral presentation at the MRS Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

2006: Baxter Early Career Development Award in Bioengineering.

2005: Costa Rican National Technology Award Clodomiro Picado Twight.

2004: Graduate Student Award for Applied Science at The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH.

2002: Graduate Student Award for Applied Science at The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH.

Media Recognition

2018 – The ERC highlights our work on hierarchical mineralisation. https://erc.europa.eu/projects-figures/stories/regenerating-bones-and-teeth

2018 – The Times reports on our mineralisation platform for enamel regeneration. www.thetimes.co.uk/article/new-hope-for-old-teeth-as-scientists-try-to-regrow-enamel-npv6xzbld

2018 – Sky News reports on our mineralisation platform for enamel regeneration. https://news.sky.com/story/scientists-claim-they-can-regenerate-tooth-enamel-to-prevent-decay-11392540

2018 The Naked Scientists radio interview. https://www.thenakedscientists.com/podcasts/short/regenerating-tooth-enamel

2018 – The Telegraph reports on our mineralisation platform for enamel regeneration. www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/02/scientists-develop-method-could-help-regenerate-tooth-enamel/

2018 – The Times of India reports on our co-assembling-printing biofabrication platform. www.india.com/news/agencies/london-lst10-science-printing-tissues-new-printing-technique-uses-cells-to-recreate-biological-structures-2904040/

2017 – Phys.org report on our 3DEAL fabrication technique. https://phys.org/news/2017-12-molecular-technology-recreate-complex-chemical.html

2017 – Features by RegMedNet Methods series. https://youtu.be/C7xJLznhZ5khttps://youtu.be/-8oHfDMd44Y

2016 – Interview by The President of Costa Rica. https://youtu.be/YhqCmN_gTy8

2016 – Interview by the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. www.wakehealth.edu/Research/WFIRM/News/Podcast.htm

2016 – Forces TV highlights our work on tissue engineering from the bottom-up (after min 3). http://forces.tv/18689077

2016 – Donald Ingber Public Lecture in London. https://vimeo.com/164723531/cc0a62ec08

2015 – NowThis reports on our Nature Chemistry 2015 paper. www.facebook.com/NowThisNews/videos/919977778092347

2015 – Chemistry World reports on our peptide-protein co-assembly system. http://www.rsc.org/chemistryworld/2015/09/self-assembly-healing-protein-scaffold-cell-growth

2015 – Phys.org: Report on our Nature Chemistry 2015 paper. http://phys.org/news/2015-09-self-assembling-material-artificial-arteries.html

2105 QMUL News. Summary of the dynamic properties exhibited by our self-assembling material. qmul.ac.uk/media/news/items/se/164051.html

2015 Institute of Bioengineering launch event at QMUL on October 7th, 2015. www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4nSRzTtfU0

2014 Science Daily. Highlight to our work on use of teeth proteins to grow bone. sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140702122426.htm

2014 Young Bioengineers. Engaging school children with bioengineering research. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIHrtoSJT08

contact details

+44 (0)20 7882 6279
School of Engineering & Materials Science
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

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