University College London
Research Project: Restoring bone regeneration in diabetic patients using ionic therapy
Supervisors: Gavin Jell (UCL) and Julian Jones (ICL)
Adriana graduated with a BEng in Chemical Engineering from the University Politehnica of Bucharest. She then studied at University College London and obtained an MSc in Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine. She gained research experience in physical and analytical chemistry, as well as nanotechnology and published a paper during her undergraduate degree. Her MSc thesis examined diabetes negative effect on bone remodelling and the potential of hypoxia-inducible factor mimetics to restore this process. Adriana’s PhD project continues this research, investigating the role of ions released from materials such as bioactive glasses in restoring bone regeneration for patients with impaired bone healing. She will also rely on multidisciplinary characterisation approaches to determine these ions uptake mechanisms in bone cells and their location within laboratory grown bone.