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Professor Tim Woodfield

Tim WoodfieldResearch Professor

Rutherford Discovery Fellow 2012-2017

BE(Hons)(Cant) MASc(Tor) PhD(Twente)

Email tim.woodfield@otago.ac.nz

Tel +64 3 378 6114

@Tim_WoodfieldNZ

Professor Woodfield leads the Christchurch Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering (CReaTE) Group which is associated with the University of Otago’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and its Centre for Bioengineering & Nanomedicine. The Department’s location at the Christchurch hospital campus helps him maintain strong connections with the city’s medical and surgical staff, and the Centre draws upon talent across several disciplines based out of the University’s Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington locations in New Zealand.

His CReaTE Group is pursuing stem cell and biomaterial-based strategies for musculoskeletal tissue regeneration, and is primarily investigating their application in the clinical translation of orthopaedic medical devices & cell-based therapies.

The Group’s research technology platform includes complex 3D Biofabrication and Additive Manufacturing of biomaterial scaffolds and titanium medical devices applied to regenerative medicine of cartilage and bone, including: novel bio-ink/bio-resin development, delivery of novel biofilm inhibiters, advanced 3D tissue culture models, and high throughput screening.

Tim is a Principal Investigator within the New Zealand Medical Technology Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE), and he is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Institute of Health & Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, in Australia, as well as for the Auckland Bioegineering Institute, in the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

He has published over 100 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters and proceedings (h-index: 30), and has acted as coordinator of the recent European Commission ‘skelGEN’ consortia project.

He has attracted over NZ$26 million in competitive research funding as Principal or Named Investigator through grants from the Royal Society of New Zealand, MBIE, HRC, AO Foundation.

Tim is a previous recipient of a prestigious Rutherford Discovery Fellowship, awarded to him by the Royal Society of New Zealand.

He serves the International Society for Biofabrication (ISBF) as its President Elect and Executive Board Member, and is the former President of the Australasian Society for Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering (ASBTE). He also sits on the Asia Pacific Council for the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS), and is an Editorial Board Member for Biofabrication, APL Bioengineering, and Frontiers in Bioengineering & Biotechnology.

Inaugural Professorial Lecture

Roles

  • Principal Investigator, Christchurch Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering (CReaTE) Group
  • Director, University of Otago Centre for Bioengineering & Nanomedicine
  • Theme Leader, Regenerative Medicine – University of Otago Centre for Bioengineering & Nanomedicine
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Institute of Health & Biomedical Innovation (IHBI), Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
  • Adjunct Senior Fellow, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Principal Investigator, Centre of Research Excellence in Medical Technologies
  • Associate Investigator, Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Diversity

Professional affiliations

Professional interests

Orthopaedic Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

  • Stem cell and scaffold-based regeneration of cartilage and bone
  • Bio-fabrication and advanced bio-ink/bio-resins
  • Orthopaedic medical device development

Christchurch Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering (CReATE) Group website
Regenerative Medicine website - Centre for Bioengineering & Nanomedicine

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Publications

Alcala-Orozco, C. R., Mutreja, I., Cui, X., Hooper, G. J., Lim, K. S., & Woodfield, T. B. F. (2022). Hybrid biofabrication of 3D osteoconductive constructs comprising Mg-based nanocomposites and cell-laden bioinks for bone repair. Bone, 154, 116198. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2021.116198

Lindberg, G. C. J., Cui, X., Durham, M., Veenendaal, L., Schon, B. S., Hooper, G. J., Lim, K. S., & Woodfield, T. B. F. (2021). Probing multicellular tissue fusion of cocultured spheroids: A 3D-bioassembly model. Advanced Science. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/advs.202103320

Aldrich, E. D., Cui, X., Murphy, C., Lim, K. S., Hooper, G. J., McIlwraith, C. W., & Woodfield, T. B. F. (2021). Allogeneic mesenchymal stromal cells for cartilage regeneration: A review of in vitro evaluation, clinical experience, and translational opportunities. Stem Cells Translational Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/sctm.20-0552

Woodfield, T. B. F., Moroni, L., & Miller, J. S. (2021). Biophysics of biofabrication. APL Bioengineering, 5(3), 030402. doi: 10.1063/5.0057459

Man, K., Mekhileri, N., Lim, K. S., Jiang, L.-H., Woodfield, T. B. F., & Yang, X. B. (2021). MI192 induced epigenetic reprogramming enhances the therapeutic efficacy of human bone marrows stromal cells for bone regeneration. Bone, 153, 116138. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2021.116138

Kumar, P., Singh, B., Chaudhari, P., Jose, J., Butler, A., Prebble, H., Moghiseh, M., and the MARS Collaboration, including Schleich, N. C., & Woodfield, T. (2019). Preclinical non-invasive imaging in cancer research and drug discovery: An overview. In K. Bose & P. Chaudhari (Eds.), Unravelling cancer signaling pathways: A multidisciplinary approach. (pp. 419-469). Singapore: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/978-981-32-9816-3_17

Chapter in Book - Research

Atienza Roca, P., Cui, X., Hooper, G. J., Woodfield, T. B. F., Lim, K. S., & Khang, G. (2018). Growth factor delivery systems for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. In H. J. Chun, C. H. Park & I. K. Kwon (Eds.), Advances in experimental medicine and biology: (Vol. 1078) Cutting-edge enabling technologies for regenerative medicine. (pp. 245-269). Singapore: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-0950-2_13

Chapter in Book - Research

Woodfield, T., Lim, K., Morouço, P., Levato, R., Malda, J., & Melchels, F. (2017). Biofabrication in tissue engineering. In P. Ducheyne, D. W. Grainger, K. E. Healy, D. W. Hutmacher & C. J. Kirkpatrick (Eds.), Comprehensive biomaterials II: (Vol. 5) Tissue Engineering and regenerative medicine: Fundamentals. (2nd ed.) (pp. 236-266). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-803581-8.10221-8

Chapter in Book - Research

Hutmacher, D. W., Woodfield, T. B. F., & Dalton, P. D. (2015). Scaffold design and fabrication. In C. A. van Blitterswijk & J. de Boer (Eds.), Tissue engineering. (2nd ed.) (pp. 311-346). London, UK: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-420145-3.00010-9

Chapter in Book - Research

Melchels, F., Malda, J., Fedorovich, N., Alblas, J., & Woodfield, T. (2011). Organ printing. In P. Ducheyne, K. E. Healy, D. W. Hutmacher, D. W. Grainger & C. J. Kirkpatrick (Eds.), Comprehensive biomaterials (vol. 5). (pp. 587-606). Elsevier Science.

Chapter in Book - Research

Hutmacher, D., Woodfield, T., Dalton, P., & Lewis, J. (2008). Scaffold design and fabrication. In C. van Blitterswijk (Ed.), Tissue engineering. (pp. 403-454). London, UK: Academic Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Malda, J., Radisic, M., Levenberg, S., Woodfield, T., Bomens, C., Baaijens, F., … Vunjak-Novakovic, G. (2008). Cell nutrition. In C. van Blitterswijk (Ed.), Tissue engineering. (pp. 327-362). London, UK: Academic Press.

Chapter in Book - Research

Habibovic, P., Woodfield, T., de Groot, K., & van Blitterswijk, C. (2006). Predictive value of in vitro and in vivo assays in bone and cartilage repair: What do they really tell us about the clinical performance? In J. P. Fisher (Ed.), Advances in experimental medicine & biology: (Vol. 5) Tissue engineering. (pp. 327-360). New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-0-387-34133-0_22

Chapter in Book - Research

Alcala-Orozco, C. R., Mutreja, I., Cui, X., Hooper, G. J., Lim, K. S., & Woodfield, T. B. F. (2022). Hybrid biofabrication of 3D osteoconductive constructs comprising Mg-based nanocomposites and cell-laden bioinks for bone repair. Bone, 154, 116198. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2021.116198

Journal - Research Article

Alcala-Orozco, C. R., Cui, X., Hooper, G. J., Lim, K. S., & Woodfield, T. B. F. (2021). Converging functionality: Strategies for 3D hybrid-construct biofabrication and the role of composite biomaterials for skeletal regeneration. Acta Biomaterialia. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2021.03.008

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Aldrich, E. D., Cui, X., Murphy, C., Lim, K. S., Hooper, G. J., McIlwraith, C. W., & Woodfield, T. B. F. (2021). Allogeneic mesenchymal stromal cells for cartilage regeneration: A review of in vitro evaluation, clinical experience, and translational opportunities. Stem Cells Translational Medicine. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/sctm.20-0552

Journal - Research Article

Baer, K., Kieser, S., Schon, B., Rajendran, K., ten Harkel, T., Ramyar, M., … Bateman, C., Butler, A., Raja, A. Y., Hooper, G., Anderson, N., & Woodfield, T. (2021). Spectral CT imaging of human osteoarthritic cartilage via quantitative assessment of glycosaminoglycan content using multiple contrast agents. APL Bioengineering, 5(2), 026101. doi: 10.1063/5.0035312

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Kim, H., Kang, B., Cui, X., Lee, S.-H., Lee, K., Cho, D.-W., … Woodfield, T. B. F., Lim, K. S., & Jang, J. (2021). Light-activated decellularized extracellular matrix-based bioinks for volumetric tissue analogs at the centimeter scale. Advanced Functional Materials. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/adfm.202011252

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Li, W., Wang, M., Mille, L. S., Robledo Lara, J. A., Huerta, V., Uribe Velázquez, T., … Murphy, C. A., … Woodfield, T. B. F., Lim, K. S., & Zhang, Y. S. (2021). A smartphone-enabled portable digital light processing 3D printer. Advanced Materials. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/adma.202102153

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Lindberg, G. C. J., Cui, X., Durham, M., Veenendaal, L., Schon, B. S., Hooper, G. J., Lim, K. S., & Woodfield, T. B. F. (2021). Probing multicellular tissue fusion of cocultured spheroids: A 3D-bioassembly model. Advanced Science. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/advs.202103320

Journal - Research Article

Lindberg, G. C. J., Lim, K. S., Soliman, B. G., Nguyen, A., Hooper, G. J., Narayan, R. J., & Woodfield, T. B. F. (2021). Biological function following radical photo-polymerization of biomedical polymers and surrounding tissues: Design considerations and cellular risk factors. Applied Physics Reviews, 8(1), 011301. doi: 10.1063/5.0015093

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Longoni, A., Li, J., Lindberg, G. C. J., Rnjak-Kovacina, J., Wise, L. M., Hooper, G. J., Woodfield, T. B. F., Kieser, D. C., & Lim, K. S. (2021). Strategies for inclusion of growth factors into 3D printed bone grafts. Essays in Biochemistry, EBC20200130. doi: 10.1042/ebc20200130

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Major, G. S., Simcock, J. W., Woodfield, T. B. F., & Lim, K. S. (2021). Overcoming functional challenges in autologous and engineered fat grafting trends. Trends in Biotechnology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2021.04.006

Journal - Research Article

Man, K., Mekhileri, N., Lim, K. S., Jiang, L.-H., Woodfield, T. B. F., & Yang, X. B. (2021). MI192 induced epigenetic reprogramming enhances the therapeutic efficacy of human bone marrows stromal cells for bone regeneration. Bone, 153, 116138. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2021.116138

Journal - Research Article

Stamp, L. K., Cameron, V. A., Woodfield, T. B. F., Walker, L., Currie, M., Templeton, E., Pilbrow, A. P., Tabakakis, K., Phillips, E., & Lim, K. S. (2021). Impact of COVID-19 on health research in New Zealand: A case study of a research-intensive campus. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/03036758.2020.1867202

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Tang, J., Cui, X., Zhang, Z., Xu, Y., Guo, J., Soliman, B. G., … Lim, K. S., Woodfield, T. B. F., & Zhang, J. (2021). Injection-free delivery of MSC-derived extracellular vesicles for myocardial infarction therapeutics. Advanced Healthcare Materials. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/adhm.202100312

Journal - Research Article

Yang, K.-H., Lindberg, G., Soliman, B., Lim, K., Woodfield, T., & Narayan, R. J. (2021). Effect of photoinitiator on precursory stability and curing depth of thiol-ene clickable gelatin. Polymers, 13(11), 1877. doi: 10.3390/polym13111877

Journal - Research Article

Alcala-Orozco, C. R., Mutreja, I., Cui, X., Kumar, D., Hooper, G. J., Lim, K. S., & Woodfield, T. B. F. (2020). Design and characterisation of multi-functional strontium-gelatin nanocomposite bioinks with improved print fidelity and osteogenic capacity. Bioprinting, 18, e00073. doi: 10.1016/j.bprint.2019.e00073

Journal - Research Article

Atienza-Roca, P., Kieser, D., Cui, X., Bathish, B., Ramaswamy, Y., Hooper, G. J., Clarkson, A. N., … Wise, L. M., Woodfield, T. B. F., & Lim, K. S. (2020). Visible light mediated PVA-tyramine hydrogels for covalent incorporation and tailorable release of functional growth factors. Biomaterials Science, 8(18), 5005-5019. doi: 10.1039/D0BM00603C

Journal - Research Article

Baptista, M., Jouhkdar, H., Alcala-Orozco, C. R., Lau, K., Jiang, S., Cui, X., … Woodfield, T. B. F., Lim, K. S., & Rnjak-Kovacina, J. (2020). Silk fibroin photo-lyogels containing microchannels as a biomaterial platform for in situ tissue engineering. Biomaterials Science, 8, 7093-7105. doi: 10.1039/d0bm01010c

Journal - Research Article

Cui, X., Li, J., Hartanto, Y., Durham, M., Tang, J., Zhang, H., Hooper, G., Lim, K., & Woodfield, T. (2020). Advances in extrusion 3D bioprinting: A focus on multicomponent hydrogel-based bioinks. Advanced Healthcare Materials, 9, 1901648. doi: 10.1002/adhm.201901648

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Cui, X., Soliman, B. G., Alcala-Orozco, C. R., Li, J., Vis, M. A. M., Santos, M., … Woodfield, T. B. F., … Lim, K. S. (2020). Rapid photocrosslinking of silk hydrogels with high cell density and enhanced shape fidelity. Advanced Healthcare Materials, 9, 1901667. doi: 10.1002/adhm.201901667

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Li, J., Cui, X., Hooper, G. J., Lim, K. S., & Woodfield, T. B. F. (2020). Rational design, bio-functionalization and biological performance of hybrid additive manufactured titanium implants for orthopaedic applications: A review. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 105, 103671. doi: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2020.103671

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Li, J., Mutreja, I., Hooper, G. J., Clinch, K., Lim, K., Evans, G., & Woodfield, T. B. F. (2020). Combined infection control and enhanced osteogenic differentiation capacity on additive manufactured Ti-6Al-4V are mediated via titania nanotube delivery of novel biofilm inhibitors. Advanced Materials Interfaces, 7, 1901963. doi: 10.1002/admi.201901963

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Li, J., Mutreja, I., Tredinnick, S., Jermy, M., Hooper, G. J., & Woodfield, T. B. F. (2020). Hydrodynamic control of titania nanotube formation on Ti-6Al-4V alloys enhances osteogenic differentiation of human mesenchymal stromal cells. Materials Science & Engineering: C, 109, 110562. doi: 10.1016/j.msec.2019.110562

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Lim, K. S., Abinzano, F., Nuñez Bernal, P., Albillos Sanchez, A., Atienza-Roca, P., Otto, I. A., … Woodfield, T. B. F., … Levato, R. (2020). One-step photoactivation of a dual-functionalized bioink as cell carrier and cartilage-binding glue for chondral regeneration. Advanced Healthcare Materials, 9, 1901792. doi: 10.1002/adhm.201901792

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Lim, K. S., Galarraga, J. H., Cui, X., Lindberg, G. C. J., Burdick, J. A., & Woodfield, T. B. F. (2020). Fundamentals and applications of photo-cross-linking in bioprinting. Chemical Reviews, 120, 10662-10694. doi: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.9b00812

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Soja, A., Li, J., Tredinnick, S., & Woodfield, T. (2020). Surface finishing of additively manufactured stainless steel surgical instruments. Rapid Prototyping Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1108/RPJ-01-2020-0009

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Soliman, B. G., Lindberg, G. C. J., Jungst, T., Hooper, G. J., Groll, J., Woodfield, T. B. F., & Lim, K. S. (2020). Stepwise control of crosslinking in a one-pot system for bioprinting of low-density bioinks. Advanced Healthcare Materials, 9, 1901544. doi: 10.1002/adhm.201901544

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Wyatt, M. C., Kieser, D. C., Frampton, C. M. A., Woodfield, T., & Hooper, G. J. (2020). How do 3D-printed primary uncemented acetabular components compare with established uncemented acetabular cups? The experience of the New Zealand National Joint Registry. HIP International. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1120700020918233

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Zhang, J., Cui, X., Guo, J., Cao, C., Zhang, Z., Wang, B., … Lim, K., Woodfield, T., … Zhang, J. (2020). Small but significant: Insights and new perspectives of exosomes in cardiovascular disease. Journal of Cellular & Molecular Medicine, 24, 8291-9303. doi: 10.1111/jcmm.15492

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Cidonio, G., Alcala-Orozco, C. R., Lim, K. S., Glinka, M., Mutreja, I., Kim, Y.-H., … Woodfield, T. B. F., & Oreffo, R. O. C. (2019). Osteogenic and angiogenic tissue formation in high fidelity nanocomposite Laponite-gelatin bioinks. Biofabrication, 11, 035027. doi: 10.1088/1758-5090/ab19fd

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Klotz, B. J., Oosterhoff, L. A., Utomo, L., Lim, K. S., Vallmajo-Martin, Q., Clevers, H., Woodfield, T. B. F., … Gawlitta, D. (2019). A versatile biosynthetic hydrogel platform for engineering of tissue analogues. Advanced Healthcare Materials, 8, 1900979. doi: 10.1002/adhm.201900979

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Lim, K. S., Baptista, M., Moon, S., Woodfield, T. B. F., & Rnjak-Kovacina, J. (2019). Microchannels in development, survival, and vascularisation of tissue analogues for regenerative medicine. Trends in Biotechnology, 37(11), 1189-1201. doi: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2019.04.004

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Lim, K. S., Klotz, B. J., Lindberg, G. C. J., Melchels, F. P. W., Hooper, G. J., Malda, J., … Woodfield, T. B. F. (2019). Visible light cross-linking of gelatin hydrogels offers an enhanced cell microenvironment with improved light penetration depth. Macromolecular Bioscience, 19(6), 1900098. doi: 10.1002/mabi.201900098

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Lindberg, G. C. J., Longoni, A., Lim, K. S., Rosenberg, A. J., Hooper, G. J., Gawlitta, D., & Woodfield, T. B. F. (2019). Intact vitreous humor as a potential extracellular matrix hydrogel for cartilage tissue engineering applications. Acta Biomaterialia, 85, 117-130. doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2018.12.022

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Mutreja, I., Warring, S. L., Lim, K. S., Swadi, T., Clinch, K., Mason, J. M., … Chambers, S. T., … Gerth, M. L., … Woodfield, T. B. F. (2019). Biofilm inhibition via delivery of novel methylthioadenosine nucleosidase inhibitors from PVA-tyramine hydrogels while supporting mesenchymal stromal cell viability. ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, 5(2), 748-758. doi: 10.1021/acsbiomaterials.8b01141

Journal - Research Article

Page, M., Baer, K., Schon, B., Mekhileri, N., Woodfield, T., & Puttlitz, C. (2019). Biaxial mechanics of 3D fiber deposited ply-laminate scaffolds for soft tissue engineering part I: Experimental evaluation. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 98, 317-326. doi: 10.1016/j.jmbbm.2019.06.029

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Parrish, J., Lim, K., Zhang, B., Radisic, M., & Woodfield, T. B. F. (2019). New frontiers for biofabrication and bioreactor design in microphysiological system development. Trends in Biotechnology, 37(12), 1327-1343. doi: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2019.04.009

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Bateman, C. J., Knight, D., Brandwacht, B., McMahon, J., Healy, J., Panta, R., Aamir, R., Rajendran, K., Moghiseh, M., Ramyar, M., … de Ruiter, N., … Shamshad, M., Anjomrouz, M., Atharifard, A., … Bheesette, S., … Anderson, N. G., Gieseg, S. P., Woodfield, T., Renaud, P. F., Butler, A. P. H., & Butler, P. H. (2018). MARS-MD: Rejection based image domain material decomposition. Journal of Instrumentation, 13, P05020. doi: 10.1088/1748-0221/13/05/p05020

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Klotz, B. J., Lim, K. S., Chang, Y. X., Soliman, B. G., Pennings, I., Melchels, F. P. W., Woodfield, T. B. F., … Gawlitta, D. (2018). Engineers of a complex bone tissue model with endothelialised channels and capillary-like networks. European Cells & Materials, 35, 335-349. doi: 10.22203/eCM.v035a23

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Lim, K. S., Levato, R., Costa, P. F., Castilho, M. D., Alcala-Orozco, C. R., van Dorenmalen, K. M. A., … Hooper, G. J., … Woodfield, T. B. F. (2018). Bio-resin for high resolution lithography-based biofabrication of complex cell laden constructs. Biofabrication, 10, 034101. doi: 10.1088/1758-5090/aac00c

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Mekhileri, N. V., Lim, K. S., Brown, G. C. J., Mutreja, I., Schon, B. S., Hooper, G. J., & Woodfield, T. B. F. (2018). Automated 3D bioassembly of micro-tissues for biofabrication of hybrid tissue engineered constructs. Biofabrication, 10(2). doi: 10.1088/1758-5090/aa9ef1

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Moroni, L., Boland, T., Burdick, J. A., De Maria, C., Derby, B., Forgacs, G., … Woodfield, T. B. F., … Vozzi, G. (2018). Biofabrication: A guide to technology and terminology. Trends in Biotechnology, 36(4), 384-402. doi: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2017.10.015

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Parker, J. D., Lim, K. S., Kieser, D. C., Woodfield, T. B. F., & Hooper, G. J. (2018). Is tranexamic acid toxic to articular cartilage when administered topically? What is the safe dose? Bone & Joint Journal, 100-B(3), 404-412. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.100B3.BJJ-2017-1135.R1

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