Anna Monika POLINIEWICZPhD Student



Area of Study

PhD Student

Project: A Biomimetic In Vitro model for the Blood-Brain Barrier

Key Areas of Expertise
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Stem cells
  • Tissue engineering

Anna M. Poliniewicz graduated with a second upper class BSc Eng in Biotechnology from Warsaw University of Technology. She obtained her MSc in Biomedical Engineering from Imperial College London. At ICL Anna worked in The Stevens Group, where she was involved in elucidating the role of biologically active laminin-111 fragment on epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition in embryonic stem cells. She remained under the supervision of Prof Molly Stevens and Dr Christine Horejs.
Anna is currently a PhD candidate in Dr Alvaro Mata’s group at Queen Mary University of London. Her research focuses on developing an in vitro biomimetic model for Blood-Brain Barrier.


Cross-linking of a Biopolymer-Peptide Co-Assembling System” K. E. Inostroza-Brito, E. Collin, A. Poliniewicz, S. Elsharkawy, A. Rice, A. E. del Rio, X. Xiao, J. C. Rodriguez-Cabello, A. Mata A, Acta Biomaterialia, (2017) In Press.

“Biologically-active laminin-111 fragment that modulates the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition in embryonic stem cells” C-M. Horejsa, A. Serio, A. Purvis, A. J. Gormley, S. Bertazzo, A. Poliniewicz, A. J. Wang, P. DiMaggio, E. Hohenester, and M. M. Stevens, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 111 (2014) 5908-5913.


BSc in Biotechnology
Warsaw University of Technology, Poland

MSc in Biomedical Engineering
Imperial College London, UK

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School of Engineering & Materials Science
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

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