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Our visiting international interns and guests

Emilcar Contreras Perez

Emilcar Contreres Perez imageEmilcar joins us from University of Utrecht, in the Netherlands, where he is completing his Masters of Biofabrication.

He is with us for nine months as part of a collaborative research project involving our CReaTE research group and UU. Emilcar will be learning the photo-polymerisation techniques that were developed by the CReaTE group, and assist in setting up in vitro vascularised bone assays.

"I wanted to complement my biological background, so I was looking for a project that would touch on materials science but also allow me to work with co-cultures, as well as offering room for creativity”, Emilcar reported. “I decided on visiting the CReaTE group for my international experience for several reasons: Their expertise on polymer chemistry, their close relationship with Christchurch Hospital and focus on applicable research, the opportunity to work with vascularised bone, the group dynamic and work environment, and finally the unique chance of visiting this beautiful country."

Whilst with the CReaTE research group Emilcar is supervised by Dr Khoon Lim, and his project work is supported by Dr Lim’s HRC Sir Charles Hercus Fellowship grant.

Bram Soliman

Bram Soliman (2018)Bram is one of our own PhD candidates in the CReaTE research group, but we’re featuring him here because he first came to us as a visiting international intern back in 2016.

After completing his intern project he returned to Utrecht University in the Netherlands to complete his Masters of Regenerative Medicine and Technology degree.

In 2018 Bram returned to us because he had both enjoyed the culture of the group and recognised it as an excellent research environment. “The group has an unique edge, combining expertise in biofabrication and biomaterial design”.

He is supervised by Dr Khoon Lim, Associate Professor Tim Woodfield, Dr Gabriella Lindberg and Professor Gary Hooper.