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Biomaterials Science Emerging Investigator- Suhair Sunoqrot

Dr Suhair Sunoqrot is an Associate Professor of Drug Delivery and Nanomedicine at Al-Zaytoonah University of Jordan, Faculty of Pharmacy. Dr Sunoqrot received a BSc in Pharmacy from the University of Jordan in 2007, and a PhD in Biopharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2013. During her PhD, she worked on various projects involving the development of lipid- and polymer-based nanocarriers for targeted anti-cancer drug delivery. Notably, she was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar in Prof Phillip Messersmith’s lab at UC Berkeley, and a Daniel Turnberg Fellow in Prof Khuloud Al-Jamal’s lab at King’s College London. She received the PhosAgro/UNESCO/IUPAC Green Chemistry for Life Award in 2018 and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Prize for Young Scientists from Jordan for the same year. She was elected as a member of the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities (AGYA) for 2019 – 2024 and a TWAS Young Affiliate for 2021 – 2026. Dr Sunoqrot’s research focuses on the development of nanoscale solutions to tackle delivery challenges of poorly water-soluble drug candidates, with special interest in the valorization of plant polyphenols both as therapeutic agents and as nanomaterial building blocks. She can be followed on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ssunoqrot/), ResearchGate (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Suhair-Sunoqrot), and Twitter (@SuhairSunoqrot).

Read Suhair’s Emerging Investigator article, ‘Rhoifolin loaded in PLGA nanoparticles alleviates oxidative stress and inflammation in vitro and in vivo‘ DOI: 10.1039/D2BM00309K

Check out our interview with Suhair below:

1. How do you feel about Biomaterials Science as a place to publish research on this topic?

Nanomedicine is a multidisciplinary field that combines knowledge in materials science, biology, and medicine, making Biomaterials Science an ideal place to publish research on this topic. The Journal’s high standards, rigorous review process, and international readership ensure maximum dissemination of important research findings to the scientific community and beyond.

2. What aspect of your work are you most excited about at the moment and what do you find most challenging about your research?

I am continuously amazed by the countless possibilities enabled by nanotechnology, particularly in the field of medicine. We are currently interested in plant polyphenols both as therapeutic agents and as nanomaterial building blocks. This area of research is exciting as much as it is challenging, due to the chemical diversity of these compounds and their unique physicochemical and biological properties, which need to be properly elucidated to advance them further in preclinical and clinical settings.

3. In your opinion, what are the most important questions to be asked/answered in this field of research?

With all the great advances being made in nanoscience and nanomedicine, some important questions need to be answered concerning their interactions with the bio-interface, in vivo fate, and long-term physiological effects. From a manufacturing standpoint, the scalability of the various nanomedicine formulations, their affordability, and their environmental footprint should also be taken into consideration.

4. Can you share one piece of career-related advice or wisdom with other early career scientists?

My best advice to other early career scientists is the following quote by Marie Curie, “Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”

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European Society for Biomaterials: 31st Annual Conference collection and upcoming 32nd Annual Conference

As the official journal of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB), Biomaterials Science has worked in partnership with the ESB to highlight some of the most interesting research from the community on the conference topic of ‘Future with Biomaterials’.

The 31st Annual Conference of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB 2021) took place virtually from September 5 to 9, 2021. Guest Editors selected authors who presented some of the most interesting research and they were invited to submit a paper to the journal.

We are excited to highlight our collection showcasing some of the best research that was presented at ESB2021. All articles are free to read until the 2nd October 2022.

Read the collection here: https://rsc.li/esb-2021

 

The 32nd Annual Conference of the European Society for Biomaterials

Biomaterials Science is pleased to be sponsoring the 32nd Annual Conference of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB2022) to be held in Bordeaux on 3-8 September 2022.

Come and watch our 2022 Lectureship winner Yizhou Dong from Ohio State University, USA giving his lectureship talk in Room A on Monday 5 September at 5.15pm

 

Come and Meet the team!

Biomaterials Science Deputy Editor Laura Ghandhi and Merlin Fox from the RSC books team will be attending ESB2022. Come visit the ESB stand in the main Exhibition Hall throughout the conference and ask any questions you have about Biomaterials Science or the RSC.

 

We hope you enjoy reading the collection and look forward to seeing some of you in Bordeaux for ESB2022!

 

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Biomaterials Science Emerging Investigator- Amit Jaiswal

Amit Jaiswal is an Associate Professor in the School of Biosciences and Bioengineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi, India. In 2008, he graduated with a B.Tech. in Biotechnology from Heritage Institute of Technology Kolkata, and in 2010, he earned an MTech. in Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India.  Thereafter, he received his PhD. degree in Nanotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati in 2013. He completed his post-doctoral studies at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. In 2014, Dr. Jaiswal began his career at IIT Mandi as an Assistant Professor, and he is currently an Associate Professor there. His research interests are in the fields of materials chemistry, nanobiotechnology, and biomaterials. In recognition of his work, he was given the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) Young Scientist Research Award in 2017, and the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) Young Scientist Award in 2018.  Additionally, in 2020, he was chosen to be an Associate of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Bangalore. For his research accomplishments he was awarded with the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) 2021 medal for young scientists, and his research team also won the Gandhian Young Technological Innovation (GYTI) 2021 appreciation award. He has authored five book chapters and more than 40 peer-reviewed journal publications. He can be found on Twitter @AJnanobio.

Read Amit’s Emerging Investigators article, ‘Antimicrobial Mechanisms of Biomaterials: From Macro to Nano’ featured in the Biomaterials Science Emerging Investigators series 2022.

Visit the group webpage to find out more about Amit’s research:

www.theajlab.com

 

How do you feel about Biomaterials Science as a place to publish research on this topic?

I want to start by thanking the editorial team of the journal Biomaterials Science for considering our manuscript for publication in this journal.  Biomaterials Scienceis a fast-growing journal which has seen a steady growth over the past couple of years in terms of readership and quality of papers published. It is one of the Q1 journals in the field of biomedical engineering and biomaterials research and is a preferred journal for a lot of scientists worldwide working in this field. So, getting our paper accepted in Biomaterials Scienceis a great satisfaction for me and my team. Our manuscript, which provides a detailed discussion on the fundamentals of interaction of biomaterials (from macroscale to nanoscale) with pathogens like bacteria and viruses, is a topic which is very well suited and apt for the wide readership of this journal. Having this paper in Biomaterials Science will surely increase its visibility to the scientific community at large and I believe that the readers will greatly benefit from this paper.

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Announcing a new Desktop Lectureship Seminar hosted by Biomaterials Science

The RSC Desktop Seminar Lectureship series provides an exciting opportunity for exceptional scientists to share their award-winning research virtually and for you to ask questions. Each session will either feature talks from a journal board member and a recent Lectureship winner, or by two recent Lectureship winners, spanning many topic areas and regions around the world. Further information about upcoming sessions is available here.

 

As part of the series, Biomaterials Science will host a session featuring talks from Associate Editor and 2021 Lectureship winner Dr Nasim Annabi and Associate Editor Prof. Shyni Varghese.

 

Biomaterials Science Lectureship

Wednesday 20 July 2022, 18:00 – 19:30 BST | 13:00 – 14:30 EST

 

 Register for free here

Please visit rsc.li/lectureship-series for the latest updates and registration links. If you think these events would interest someone you know, please do share this message. We hope you can join us at the Biomaterials Science Lectureship webinar or at another upcoming event. In the event that you are interested in any of the webinars but cannot make the date, register online before the scheduled event and you will be sent a link to the recording afterwards.

 

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Biomaterials Science Emerging Investigator- Anita Shukla

 

 

Anita Shukla is an Associate Professor of Engineering at Brown University. Professor Shukla’s research involves the development of nano- to macroscale biomaterials for the treatment of bacterial and fungal infections. Professor Shukla is the recipient of several national and University honors and awards for both her research and teaching, including a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, an Office of Naval Research Director of Research Early Career Grant, and a Brown University Early Career Research Achievement Award and Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Prior to joining Brown in 2013, Professor Shukla was a National Institutes of Health Ruth Kirschstein postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University. She received her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011 as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Professor Shukla also received an M.S. in Chemical Engineering Practice from MIT. She received a B.S. at Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 with majors in chemical engineering and biomedical engineering.

 

Read Anita’s Emerging Investigator article, ‘Bacteria-Responsive Biopolymer-Coated Nanoparticles for Biofilm Penetration and Eradication’ and check out the collection to read all of the 2022 Emerging Investigators articles.

 

1. How do you feel about Biomaterials Science as a place to publish research on this topic?

Biomaterials Science is a terrific journal covering the latest and greatest in biomaterials research. I feel that our research is reaching the right audiences that will both appreciate, critique, and learn from our work.

 

2. What aspect of your work are you most excited about at the moment and what do you find most challenging about your research?

Our lab is broadly focused on providing new drug delivery solutions to tackle the global antimicrobial resistance crisis. I am very excited that we are working on an extremely critical research area. The work that we have presented in this article tackles an important issue of treating biofilm infections. We show terrific efficacy of responsive nanoparticles against biofilm bacteria, and going forward as we uncover more about the mechanism of action, we can translate this technology to many other important species of pathogenic bacteria.

 

3. Can you share one piece of career-related advice or wisdom with other early career scientists?

You can’t win the game, if you don’t play it. So if you are excited about something, give it a shot!

 

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Biomaterials Science Emerging Investigator- Nghia Truong Phuoc

 

Dr Truong is an ARC DECRA Fellow and a group leader at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University, Australia. Dr Truong received his PhD in 2013 from the University of Queensland, Australia. After that, he took up a postdoctoral position working with Prof Thomas Davis at Monash University. Dr Truong’s work uniquely spans across multiple research fields (polymer chemistry, nanotechnology, materials, biology, immunology, medical imaging and pharmaceutical sciences), allowing him to solve complex challenges in both fundamental synthesis and biomedical applications. Currently, his group focuses on making advanced polymers and nanomaterials for delivering drugs and vaccines to the right targeted tissues/cells and exploiting these newly developed platforms to address global health challenges including pandemics, cardiovascular diseases, cancers and antibiotics resistance. He can be found on Twitter @Nghia_P_Truong.

Visit the group website to find out more about Nghia Truong’s research: https://www.monash.edu/pharm/research/themes/drug-delivery-disposition-and-dynamics/research-groups/truong-group

 

Check out Nghia Truong’s Emerging Investigator article, ‘In vivo delivery of plasmid DNA by lipid nanoparticles: the influence of ionizable cationic lipids on organ-selective gene expression’ and read all of the 2022 Emerging Investigators articles in the collection here.

 

Read our interview below with Nghia Truong:

 

1. How do you feel about Biomaterials Science as a place to publish research on this topic?

Biomaterials Science is among the best journals to publish my research on this topic. The journal has not only an excellent reputation and a high impact factor but also a broad readership, ensuring the visibility of my research.

2. What aspect of your work are you most excited about at the moment and what do you find most challenging about your research?

I am really excited to work on lipid nanoparticles because they really save lives. Without lipid nanoparticles, we could not develop mRNA vaccines for combating COVID-19. The challenge lies in how to improve the lipid nanoparticles even further as the current vaccines are not perfect and there is still a long list of other diseases we can cure using lipid nanoparticles and gene technology.

3. In your opinion, what are the most important questions to be asked/answered in this field of research?

I think the most important question in my field is how to improve the delivery efficiency of lipid nanoparticles while reducing unwanted side effects as the answer will certainly help us make better vaccines and more effective drugs. This is also the question my group is trying to answer by leveraging our strength in multiple research fields (polymer chemistry, nanotechnology, materials, biology, immunology, medical imaging and pharmaceutical sciences).

4. Can you share one piece of career-related advice or wisdom with other early career scientists?

If possible early career scientists should carefully choose and focus on research topics we love and we are good at. With love and talent, we can solve real-life problems while also enjoying our challenging academic careers.

 

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