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Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin Network

Dr Luciana Bostan joins Medical Devices and Vulnerable Skin NetworkPLUS as Research Fellow and Network Manager

Published: 25 January 2017


Dr Bostan will be responsible for the management of MDVSNPLUS, liaising with the senior academic partners, associated industrial and clinical collaborators. Her major focus will be the implementation of experimental research projects associated with interventional medical devices which are attached to the skin surface. This will also include supervising the laboratory facilities and participating in the acquisition of equipment. She will be also interested in applying for further research projects that will widen the network. Her personal project will aim to characterise, in a predictive manner, the biomarkers related to loss of skin integrity.

She joins the MDVSNPLUS from University of Leicester (Prof. Christine Pullar’s Lab), where she was a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant working on a project in collaboration with Mölnlycke Health Care (Göteborg, Sweden). The aim of this project was to study the physiological responses of dermal fibroblasts, keratinocytes, endothelial cells and macrophages to an applied electric field strength currently used to treat chronic wounds. During this research project she studied cell migration, proliferation, gene expression changes with the PCR Profiler wound healing Array (Qiagen,USA) and protein secretion.

Her earlier work at the University of Sheffield (Prof. Sheila MacNeil and Prof. Roger Lewis Lab) included a project in collaboration with Philips (Eindhoven, Netherlands; Prof. Steve Franklin) and ZUT University (Szczecin, Poland) within a network that aimed to understand the interaction between the medical devices and soft tissues (UNITISS). Within the project she was actively involved in organotypic culture using human skin cells isolated from human skin, design and develop appropriate in-vitro testing methods that reliably simulate in-vivo conditions to look at the physical interaction of catheters. She was also able to characterise the soft tissues surfaces (skin, arteries) after mechanical insult.

Dr Bostan has a Bachelor degree in Medical Bioengineering with a specialisation in Biomaterials and Prosthetics Technology. Her PhD investigated polymeric materials with controlled hydrophilic character with applications in articular cartilage tissue.



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