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Amaia Cipitria

Amaia Cipitria, Ph.D., has a background in Bioengineering and Materials Science. She got her Ph.D. in Materials Science and Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2008. She was a postdoctoral researcher at Queensland University of Technology, Australia, and at the Charité University Hospital Berlin, Germany. As senior scientist at the Charité, she investigated the effect of biomaterial physical properties on cell response and in vivo bone regeneration, using advanced materials characterization techniques. In 2017, she received an Emmy Noether Independent Junior Research Group Leader grant by the German Research Foundation, and moved to the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPI-CI) as leader of the independent research group “Extracellular Matrix in Disease and Regeneration”. In 2021, she returned to Spain as an Ikerbasque Research Associate at Biodonostia Health Research Institute to start the new research group „Bioengineering in Regeneration and Cancer“. Her current research aims to understand how biophysical and biochemical properties of native extracellular matrix and synthetic biomaterials guide cell response in tissue regeneration, cancer dormancy and bone metastasis. As a former gender equality officer at the MPI-CI, she is committed to promote women in science. She also serves as associate editor of the journal „Biomaterials Advances“ (previously Materials Science and Engineering C: Materials for Biological Applications). Originally from San Sebastián located on the Atlantic coast, she loves traveling with her family in a van to the mountains and seaside.

Scientific Career

Since 2021

Ikerbasque Research Associate and leader of the group Bioengineering in Regeneration and Cancer” at Biodonostia Health Research Institute, Spain

Guest scientist at Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany

Guest scientist at Berlin Institute of Health and Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Associate editor of the journal “Materials Science and Engineering C: Materials for Biological Applications”

2017-2021

Emmy Noether independent junior research group leader of the group “Extracellular Matrix in Disease and Regeneration” at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany

2011-2017

Senior scientist at Charité University Hospital Berlin, Germany

2010

Postdoctoral researcher at Charité University Hospital Berlin, Germany

2009

Postdoctoral researcher at Queensland University of Technology, Australia

2008

Ph.D. in Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, UK

2004

M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Navarra – TECNUN, Spain

AWARDS and FELLOWSHIPS

2021

Ikerbasque Research Associate

2017

Emmy Noether Independent Junior Research Group Leader grant by the German Research Foundation

2014

Lydia-Rabinowitsch fellowship by the Charité University Hospital Berlin

2012

Spanish accreditation A.N.E.C.A. for the title of associate professor

2011

Rahel-Hirsch fellowship by the Charité University Hospital Berlin

2005

Elected fellow of the Cambridge European Society

2005

First National Prize in Mechanical Engineering by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science

2004

Basque Government fellowship for doctoral research

2004

Kutxa Award to the best student in Mechanical Engineering in Guipúzcoa, Spain

2003

Rafael Escolá Foundation Award