Collagen, from Tissue Culture to Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, and Beyond
As collagen is the main structural component of body tissues, there has been much effort expended, both in the past and today, to use it in cell culture applications. Indeed, its importance is further stressed by the wide use of collagen biomaterials in tissue repair and regeneration, including the treatment of burns, chronic wounds or bone repair. This book represents a journey through recent scientific history, and describes the massive implications of the research carried out by Bornstein, Ehrmann and Gey on collagen preparations in the 1950s for cell culture and more recently, tissue engineering and personalised medicine.
Dr Elena García-Gareta has over 14 years’ research experience in biomaterial development, tissue engineering, cell culture, biochemistry, and analytical chemistry. She is Acting CEO and Director of Research at the RAFT Institute, UK, devising, directing, and implementing the organisation’s research strategy. She received a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from University College London in 2012, before working as a Postdoctoral Scientist at the RAFT Institute. In 2014, she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and in early 2015 she started the Regenerative Biomaterials Research Group at the RAFT Institute. She has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles and is co-inventor of four patents describing novel biomaterial scaffolds.
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