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Ane Escobar Fernández
Postdoctoral Fellows

The researcher will develop novel TERM strategies to tackle musculoskeletal and neurodegenerative diseases.

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Ane Escobar started her scientific career as a Biomedical Engineer at the Soft Matter Nanotechnology Group of Dr. Sergio E. Moya at CIC BiomaGUNE, where she worked on non-viral vectors based on polymers and lipids for its use in gene therapy. After the MsC in Biotechnology she worked at the private sector for the company Diagnostic Grifols S.A., where her work was focused on the development of novel kits for protein detection in blood.
Since 2014 to 2018 she has been completing her PhD under the supervision of Dr. Sergio E. Moya and Dr. Marek Grzelczak. Her PhD thesis was focused on the development of antibacterial and bioactive mesoporous titania films functionalized with growth factors, antibiotics and bioactive ions. Antibiotics were incorporated in the pores of the MTF or assembled on top forming complexes with polyelectrolytes through the layer-by-layer technique and the film surface was functionalized with recombinant human Bone Morphogenetic Protein 2. Profiting from the larger available surface for ion exchange in MTFs, strontium ions were encapsulated to the films by two routes: 1) directly incorporated strontium in the titania matrix and 2) complexing the strontium to carboxylate groups previously anchored to the titania pores.
During the last years she has been involved in European projects, such as H2020 EU-Project: “Hybrid Drug Delivery Systems upon Mesoporous Materials, Self-Assembled Therapeutics and Virosomes” and IAPP EU-Project “Design of versatile and fast colloidal sensor based on virus modified particles”. Within the Marie Curie Fellowship, she worked at Centro Nacional de Energía Atómica (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and also at the University of Greifswald (Germany) in collaboration with the company Surflay Nanotec GmbH in Berlin.
Currently, she is working as post-doc on the development of conduits for peripheral nerve regeneration at i3Bs -University of Minho- with Dr. Miguel Oliveira.

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Biomaterials for regenerative medicine.


The researcher will develop novel TERM strategies to tackle musculoskeletal and neurodegenerative diseases.

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