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Prof Alvaro Mata
BSc, MSc, DEng

 
 
 

Research Group News

June 2018

Scientists develop material that could regenerate dental enamel

1 June 2018

Researchers at Queen Mary University of London have developed a new way to grow mineralised materials which could regenerate hard tissues such as dental enamel and bone. Enamel, located on the outer part of our teeth, is the hardest tissue in the body and enables our teeth to function for ... [more]


February 2018

New printing technique uses cells and molecules to recreate biological structures

16 February 2018

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London have developed a printing technique using cells and molecules normally found in natural tissues to create constructs that resemble biological structures. These structures are embedded in an ink which is similar to their native environment and opens the possibility to make them behave ... [more]


December 2017

New molecular printing technology could recreate complex chemical environments that resemble the human body

20 December 2017

New patterning technology which could open opportunities to recreate complex biological environments has been developed by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). '3DEAL' is a simple and inexpensive fabrication technique able to generate complex molecular patterns within soft matter, such as hydrogels, with microscale resolution and up ... [more]


September 2017

Repair of fetal membranes could reduce preterm births

5 September 2017

Life-long medical conditions and disabilities associated with preterm birth could be prevented with a new bioengineering approach led by researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Bioengineers from SEMS working together with clinical practitioners have potentially found a way to reduce preterm births and prevent early deaths of young ... [more]


March 2017

Research to heal fetal membranes receives funding from Great Ormond Street and Sparks Charity.

27 March 2017

Dr Tina Chowdhury has been awarded a project grant by GOSH and Sparks charity (£148, 862). The project will develop a novel therapy to heal fetal membrane defects in the womb with Anna David (fetal medicine professor, UCL), Alvaro Mata (nanotechnology professor, SEMS), Jan Deprest (fetal surgeon/professor, Leuven), Dan Bader (biomechanics ... [more]

PhD success for SEMS students Michal and Reshma

24 March 2017

We are celebrating two SEMS students who have passed their PhD vivas in the last few weeks. Congratulations to Michal Lipka who successfully defended his thesis 'Design and fabrication of a novel device for 3D patterning of hydrogels'. Michal is part of The Mata group, his supervisor was Professor Alvaro ... [more]



December 2014. Arturo published the paper titled "Tartaric acid cross-linking of starch: effects of reaction conditions on the maximum tensile strength of cast plastic films" in the Canadian Young Scientist Journal.
November 2014. Some of the resarch in the lab focused on 3D cell culture was featured in an article by Malvern
October 2014. Kseniya has been nominated for the Royal Charter Prize at the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. The interview will be held on November the 11th, 2015.
October 2014. Kseniya will present her work on “Imaging of Low Contrast Embedded HeLa Cells using FIB-SEM Tomography” as part of the Royal Microscopy Society Beginners competition in December at The School of Pharmacy.
October 2014. Kseniya received the Principal’s Prize for graduating from her Masters Program with a First Class Honours.
October 2014. Alvaro was invited to be an External Examiner for the MRes Bioengineering Program in the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London.
September 2014. Karla was awarded the Smith & Nephew Prize for Best Poster presentation at the MECbio eng14 Conference at Imperial College London. Her poster was selected out of 155 posters: www.sems.qmul.ac.uk/news/?eid=3680.

September 2014. Esther was awarded an Arthritis UK Award to give a talk titled “Bioactive membranes for bone regeneration” at the MECbioeng14 Conference at Imperial College London, UK.

September 2014. Michal was awarded an Arthritis UK Award to attend and present a poster at the MECbioeng14 Conference at Imperial College London, UK.
July 2014. Michal was featured in the university's Doctoral College Newsletter. Read more on: http://my.qmul.ac.uk/news_and_events/2014/134602.html
July 2014. The Mata Lab in collaboration with Dr. Manoj Ramachandran recieved a Proof of Concept Grant titled "Bioactive periosteal graft for bone regeneration" from QMUL.
July 2014. Ryan published the paper entitled "Multivalent dendrimers presenting spatially controlled clusters of binding epitopes in thermoresponsive hyaluronan hydrogels in Acta Biomaterialia. 
July 2014. Esther published the paper titled “Mineralization and bone regeneration using a bioactive elastin-like recombinamer membrane” in Biomaterials. The paper describeds the in vivo validation of a novel periosteum graft for bone regeneration.
July 2014. Michal presented the Cytotect 3D project proposal submitted for the OneStart competition at the OneStart Demo Night event held in the Google Campus, London, UK. The project has emerged from his PhD thesis.
June 2014. Estelle presented the poster titled "A Dynamic Hybrid Supramolecular System" at the Gordon Research Conference Bioinspired Materials, Newry, Maine, USA. The accepted abstract was written by both Estelle and Karla.
April 2014. Alvaro published the paper titled " Bone marrow derived connective tissue progenitor cell response on microtextured substrates with controlled mechanical cues" in Biomimetics Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering.
March 2014. Ryan was accepted for a poster presentation titled "Binding Epitope Decorated Dendrimers in Thermoreponsive Hyaluronic Acid Hydrogels Influence Stem Cells" at the TERMIS Europe Conference, June 2014, Genova, Italy.
March 2014. Karla was accepted for a poster presentation titled "Hierarchical morphogenesis of a hybrid peptide/protein system" at The Physics of Soft and Biological Matter conference, April 2014, Homerton College, Cambridge, UK.
March 2014. Juan Pablo was accepted for a poster presentation titled “3D lithography assisted by electrophoresis for patterning hydrogel scaffolds” at the TERMIS Europe Conference, June 2014, Genova, Italy.
February 2014. Michal was selected for the semi-finals of the OneStart Europe 2014 business plan competition with the proposal Cytotect 3D. The proposal described a novel device for improved drug screening.
February 2014. Alvaro gave a talk titled “Hierarchical bioengineering: from dynamic self-assembly to 3D patterning” at the International Conference on Nanotechnology in Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital, University College London, UK. 
February 2014. The Mata Lab received a one year extension for the project BIOCART funded by the AO Foundation. This project is part of an international effort led by six world-renowned laboratories to develop a novel therapy for articular cartilage leisons.
January 2014. The Mata Lab received a Marie Curie Integration Grant titled BIOMORPH funded by the European Commission. The project focuses on developing a biomimetic platform to create hybrid and dynamic materials for regenerative medicine.
December 2013. Michal successfully defended his 8 month VIVA report  entitled "Design and fabrication of a novel device for 3D patterning of hydrogels".
December 2013. The Mata Lab received an Innovation Grant titled from Queen Mary University of London. The project aims to create a high-throughput biomimetic system that would significantly improve the efficacy of bioactive molecules.
November 2013. Esther successfully defended her PhD thesis titled: "Bioactive membrane scaffolds exhibiting physical and biomolecular signalling for tissue engineering” at University of Barcelona, Spain. 
November 2013. Alvaro gave a talk titled “Engineering of non-equilibrium systems for the next generation of biomaterials” at the First Queen Mary Chinese-British Students and Scholars Forum. London, Queen Mary, University of London, UK.
October 2013. Michal participated in the ‘BLAMSS 2013 National Research Conference: Translational Medicine’ at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, UK.
October 2013. Michal presented a poster entitled ‘Design and fabrication of a novel device for 3D patterning of hydrogels’ in the School of Engineering and Materials Science Research Graduate Poster Exhibit at QMUL, London, UK.
September 2013. Esther published the paper titled “Bioactive membranes for bone regeneration applications: effect of physical and biomolecular signals on MSCs” in Acta Biomaterialia reporting  a membrane able to stimulate osteoblastic differentiation.
September 2013. Ryan was accepted for an oral presentation titled “Modulating the biochemical environment of a HA-based thermo-reversible hydrogel with integrin binding dendrimers” at the European Society of Biomaterials Conference 2013 in Madrid, Spain.
September 2013. Esther was accepted for an oral presentation titled “Osteoblastic differentiation, mineralization and bone regeneration by a bioactive protein-based membrane” at the symposium of AO Exploratory Research 2013 in Davos, Switzerland.
September 2013. Alvaro gave a talk titled “Hierarchical bioengineering: from dynamic self-assembly to 3D patterning” at the Seminar Series of the Institute of Bioengineering at Queen Mary, University of London.
July 2013.  Karla received a “Scholarship Award” at the Summer School on Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine in Riva del Garda, Italy for her talk:  “Self-organization and hierarchical morphogenesis of a hybrid supramolecular system”.
May 2013. Maria Jesus published the paper titled “Fabrication of hierarchical micro-nanotopographies for cell attachment studies” in Nanotechnology. The paper reports the competitive effect of micro vs nanotopographie on cell adhesion and migration.
March 2013. The Mata Lab received a Start-up Grant titled “A novel 3-D bone regeneration scaffold for stimulation of angiogenesis and biomineralization” funded by the AO Foundation. The work is a collaboration with the University of Glasgow.
February 2013. Esther was elected treasurer for the Tissue Engineering International and Regenerative Medicine Society (TERMIS) in the Student and Young Investigator Section (SYIS) for three years (2013-2016).
December 2012. The Mata Lab received an European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant titled “Strong, functional, tunable self-assembling hydrogel scaffolds for regenerative medicine” funded by the European Commission. 
November 2012. Esther was accepted for a poster presentation titled “A top-down/bottom-up strategy to develop a bioactive periostium graft for bone regeneration” at the ERC Grantees Conference 2012 in Strasbourg, France.
September 2012. Ana published the paper titled “Co-assembled and microfabricated bioactive membranes” in Advanced Functional Materials. The paper describes the top-down/bottom-up engineering of molecularly designed self-assembling membranes.
September 2012. Esther was accepted for a poster presentation titled “A top-down/bottom-up strategy to develop a bioactive periostium graft” at the 3rd TERMIS World Congress 2012 in Vienna, Austria. 
August 2012. Ryan was accepted for a poster presentation titled “Designing a multifunctional, thermoreversible hyaluronan-based hydrogel for tissue regeneration applications” at the European Society of Biomaterials, Dublin, Ireland.
January 2012. Esther published the paper titled “Engineering membrane scaffolds with both physical and biomolecular signalling” in Acta Biomaterialia. The paper introduces a novel functional elastin-like recombinamer membrane.
July 2011. Esther was accepted for an oral presentation titled “Engineering membrane scaffolds with both physical and biomolecular signaling for tissue engineering applications” at 2nd TOPEA Summer School, Barcelona, Spain.
June 2011. Esther was accepted for an oral presentation titled “Engineering membrane scaffolds with both physical and biomolecular signaling for tissue engineering applications” at the TERMIS Conference 2011, Granada, Spain. 
June 2011. Ryan was accepted for a poster presentation titled “Designing a multifunctional, thermoreversible Hyaluronan-based hydrogel for tissue regeneration” at the TERMIS Conference 2011, Granada, Spain.
May 2011. Ryan was accepted for a poster presentation titled “Designing a multifunctional, thermoreversible hyaluronan-based hydrogel for tissue regeneration” at the Swiss Society of Biomaterials, Switzerland.
April 2011. Esther was accepted for a poster presentation titled “Membrane scaffolds exhibiting biochemical and physical signals for tissue engineering” at NanoBioMed Congress, Imaginenano, Bilbao, Spain. 
June 2010. Esther was accepted for a poster presentation titled “Bioactive film scaffolds based on elastin-like recombinamers” at the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society Conference, Galway, Ireland.