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Research interests


Professor Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez is Head of the Division of Biomedical Engineering and Chair of Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering. Before joining the University of Glasgow in 2013, he was full Professor at the Technical University of Valencia and Visiting Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology (2010). In 2012, he was seconded to Abengoa Research – a research company within Abengoa, an international company with +20000 employees – to set up the materials research division.

Manuel has 120 publications in leading international journals and has been Principal Investigator in a number of national and international grants. Since 2013 he is the holder of an ERC Consolidator grant and has been recently awarded an ERC Proof of Concept grant (2015). He is active as reviewer for a high number of journals in different fields and have acted as an expert for a number of research agencies in Spain, France, Czech Republic, Romania, Argentina, the US and the UK

Manuel works on material-based strategies to engineer tissue repair and regeneration, and to understand pathological conditions such as cancer. His multidisciplinary group (Microenvironments for Medicine - MiMe) designs microenvironments to simulate the complex spatio-temporal cues of the extracellular matrix. Together with key local and international collaborators, MiMe addresses a broad range of topics within this field, including the design of biomaterials/biointerfaces, protein adsorption, growth factors and their interactions with the extracellular matrix, cell adhesion, protein remodelling and stem cell differentiation at the material interface. MiMe targets translational research to address unmet clinical needs such as bone regeneration in critical size defects as well as radical new approaches to control stem cells using synthetic biology.  

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  • Translational synergistic growh factor microenvironments for bone regeneration - European Research Council - ERC Proof of Concept; 2015 -2016

  • Living interfaces based on non-pathogenic bacteria to control stem cell differentiation - The Leverhulme Trust; 2015-2018

  • Bioengineering microenvironments for pancreatic cancer cell invasion - Cancer Research UK; 2015 - 2019

  • Synergistic microenvironments for non-union bone defects. Medical Research Council - UK Regenerative Medicine Platform (UKRMP); 2014 - 2017

  • Material-driven fibronectin fibrillogenesis to engineer synergistic growth factor microenvironments. European Research Council - ERC Consolidator Grant; 2013- 2018

  • Microfluidics-generated hydrogel microparticles for protein delivery. Marie Curie Actions - International Outgoing Fellowship; 2013 - 2016







Research Associates:

  • Marco Cantini; Synergistic growth factor microenvironments.
  • Vladimira Moulisova; Novel strategies for vascularisation and angiogenesis.
  • Cristina Gonzalez-Garcia; Microparticles for protein delivery.
  • Annie Zhe Cheng; Synergistic microenvironments for non-union bone defects.
  • Alex Rodrigo; Engineered living interfaces.
  • Andres Alba; Translation, impact and knowledge exchange. 

PhD Candidates:

  • Virginia Llopis-Hernandez; Fibronectin fibrillogenesis to direct cell fate..
  • Eleni Grigoriu; Mechanosensitive fibronectin-based microenvironments.
  • Fatma Bathawa; Surface mobility and stem cell fate.
  • Frankie Vanterpool; Fibronectin and cancer.
  • Mark Bennett; Role of surface mobility in cell/material interactions.
  • Jake Hay; Functional living biointerfaces to direct stem cell fate.
  • Elie Ngandu; Biointerfaces to reveal collagen disease mechanisms.
  • Mark Sprout; Synergistic coatings to control stem cell fate.
  • Sara Trujillo-Muñoz; Fibronectin-based gels.
  • Nadira Salah; Fallopian tube tissue engineering.
  • Vassilis Papalazarou; Bioengineering microenvironments for cancer invasion.
  • Douglas Venters; Biomaterials for spinal cord regeneration.

We are seeking talented and highly motivated PhD students to join our group. Contact Prof. Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez for further information and discussion of topics.



Biomaterials 2

Biomechanics 4

Tissue and Cell Engineering Option

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