Affiliated Society: European Society for Biomaterials
Country of Residence: Spain
Current Position: Professor
Maria Vallet Regi is a recognised pioneer in the field of mesoporous ceramic materials applied to biomedicine. Her work pointed towards the potential biomedical use of these materials in bone tissue regeneration and drug delivery systems. Her work highlights the importance of multidisciplinary science as a source of creativity and ideas. In the last years, she redirected her research towards nanocarriers in stimuli-responsive systems, making converge bioceramics for bone regeneration and drug delivery, with the fight against infection. Recently she won an ERC Advanced Grant: Polyvalent mesoporous nanosystem for bone diseases (starting on October 1st). Some facts:
- >650 peer-review papers, 20 books, 34 book chapters, 11 patents.
- h-index: 77 ( 27075 Citations, Google Scholar) and 66 (21289 Citations, ISI WoS)
- Awards: French Chemical Society Award, Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry Awards (Inorganic Chemistry and Gold Medal), IUPAC Prize, National Prize in Engineering, Regional Prize in Sciences. Prize of Spanish Federation of Chemical Industries.
- Doctor Honoris cause by the Basque Country and Jaume I Universities.
- Member of Spanish Academies of Pharmacy and Engineering, the Materials Research Society of India and International College of Fellows of Biomaterials Science and Engineering.
- Member of the Editorial Board of Scientific Journals and Organizer of Scientific Meetings.
- Leader of >90 R&D research projects and scientific networks.
- > 300 plenary/invited lectures in Congresses, Universities and Research Centres.
- Outstanding educator. Pioneer in Spain in the teaching of Biomaterials—. Supervised over 30 graduation, 10 Master and 20 Ph.D. works.
- >90 activities of dissemination of science and international cooperation.
Areas of research interest:
Bioceramics with clinical applications: Production and study of bioceramic systems; implant bioceramics for bone tissue replacement and as coatings and nanoparticles for injectable solutions; incorporation of biologically active species; surface functionalization; preparation of porous pieces; manufacture of 3D-scaffolds for biocompatible nanoparticles and matrices; silica-based ordered mesoporous materials organic–inorganic hybrid materials; and smart and reinforced tissue scaffolds for regenerative biomedicine. In the last years, she redirected her research towards nanocarriers in stimuli-responsive systems, making converge bioceramics for bone regeneration and drug delivery, with the fight against infection.
Recently, the European Research Council (ERC) funded Prof. Maria Vallet-Regi with an Advanced Grant (call 2015) entitled “Polyvalent mesoporous nanosystem for bone diseases, particularly osteoporosis, infection and cancer”. This project, starting on October 1st 2016 includes her lines of research in the following five years.
Other interests: dissemination of science to society (more than 90 activities) and international cooperation (numerous projects and Courses taught with Developing Countries and the free assignment of a patent for water purification).
Biomaterials and Medical Products Commercialization, Nanotechnology, Surface Characterization and Modification, Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials Education, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Dental/Craniofacial Materials, Drug Delivery