Maria Fernanda Velazquez de la Paz

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Research Associate

Profile

Fer completed her BSc in Biotechnology Engineering at Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico, in 2015. During her degree, she took part in MIT’s iGEM competition in 2014.

After graduation, she moved to Colombia and worked as a junior consultant and a project lead for a plant proteomics initiative at Universidad Sergio Arboleda until 2017 when she was awarded the CONACYT Mexican scholarship to study her postgraduate degrees.

She studied her MSc in Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine and graduated in 2018, joining afterwards the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Group where she’s completing her PhD under the supervision of Dr Frederik Claeyssens and Dr Gwendolen Reilly.

Research interests

Fer’s research is focused on the preventive treatment of osteochondral (OC) defects, commonly found in knees, ankles and elbows.

Her project aims to develop a bi-layer polymer-based scaffold that supports both bone and cartilage regeneration for early osteoarthritis and OC defects. She uses High Internal Phase (HIPE) emulsions from two polymer materials to create porous and interconnected structures that are attractive to seeded and host cell lines.

She has been part of national conferences (TCES Nottingham 2019, WBC Glasgow 2020) and working in potential collaborations with other international research groups.