Carmen Cristina Piras

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Dr. Carmen Cristina Piras

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Profile photoDr. Carmen Cristina Piras
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Chemistry
Email: carmen.piras@york.ac.uk

Research interests

Supramolecular hydrogels, tissue engineering, 3D cell culture

Research interests

I am currently working as a PDRA in the group of Prof David Smith on an ESRC funded project titled "Multi-Domain Self-Assembled Gels: From Multi-Component Materials to Spatial and Temporal Control of Multi-Component Biology". This is a joint project with Prof Paul Genever at the Biology Department.

The field of supramolecular biomaterials has seen a wide expansion in the last few years towards functional versatile materials for a broad range of biological applications. In this perspective, achieving spatial and temporal control over gelation offers a unique opportunity to more effectively reproduce the dynamic natural environment of tissues. The fabrication of spatially defined multidomain biomaterials with different properties (e.g. stiffness and porosity) in the different domains allows controlling the release of bioactive molecules in specific gel domains and directing the proliferation, migration and differentiation of cells.

This project focuses on the development of novel patterned multi-domain gels for (i) the controlled release of active ingredients, (ii) the organisation of localised, addressable, conducting pathways and, (iii) spatial and temporal control over stem cell tissue growth and differentiation.

Employment

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Post doctoral research assistant

Chemistry

University of York

United Kingdom

8 Jan 201820 May 2021

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Katholieke Univ Leuven, Catholic University of Leuven, Insituut Kern Stralingsfys

Belgium

1 Sep 201631 Dec 2017

Research outputs

Hybrid Self-Assembled Gel Beads for Tunable pH-Controlled Rosuvastatin Delivery

Patterson, A., Piras, C. C. & Smith, D. K., 27 Jul 2021, (Accepted/In press)

Article in Chemistry : A European Journal

Self-Propelling Hybrid Gels Incorporating an Active Self-Assembled Low-Molecular-Weight Gelator

Piras, C. C. & Smith, D. K., 21 Jul 2021, (Accepted/In press)

Article in Chemistry : A European Journal

Spatial and Temporal Diffusion-Control of Dynamic Multi-Domain Self-Assembled Gels

Schlichter, L., Piras, C. C. & Smith, D. K., 8 Feb 2021, (E-pub ahead of print)

Article in Chemical Science

Self-assembled low-molecular-weight gelator injectable microgel beads for delivery of bioactive agents

Piras, C. C., Kay, A. G., Genever, P. & Smith, D. K., 3 Feb 2021, (E-pub ahead of print)

Article in Chemical Science

Facile Method to Obtain Low DS β-ketoesters and Esters of Microfibrillated Cellulose

Piras, C. C., Jamieson, S., Fratini, E., Fernandez-Prieto, S., Smets, J. & De Borggraeve, W. M., 30 Oct 2020

Article in Fibers and Polymers

Multicomponent polysaccharide alginate-based bioinks

Piras, C. C. & Smith, D. K., 10 Aug 2020, (E-pub ahead of print)

Review article in Journal of Materials Chemistry B

Self-Assembled Supramolecular Hybrid Hydrogel Beads Loaded with Silver Nanoparticles for Antimicrobial Application

Piras, C. C., Mahon, C. S. & Smith, D. K., 15 Apr 2020, (E-pub ahead of print)

Article in Chemistry : A European Journal

Self-Assembling Supramolecular Hybrid Hydrogel Beads

Piras, C. C., Slavik, P. & Smith, D. K., 2 Jan 2020

Article in Angewandte Chemie International Edition

Green approach for the activation and functionalization of jute fibers through ball milling

Gallego, R., Piras, C. C., Rutgeerts, L. A. J., Fernandez-Prieto, S., De Borggraeve, W. M., Franco, J. M. & Smets, J., Jan 2020

Article in Cellulose

Sequential Assembly of Mutually-Interactive Supramolecular Hydrogels and Fabrication of Multi-Domain Materials

Piras, C. C. & Smith, D. K., Aug 2019

Article in Chemistry : A European Journal

Ball milling: A green technology for the preparation and functionalisation of nanocellulose derivatives

Piras, C. C., Fernández-Prieto, S. & De Borggraeve, W. M., 9 Jan 2019

Review article in Nanoscale Advances

Circular dichroism studies of low molecular weight hydrogelators: The use of SRCD and addressing practical issues

Sitsanidis, E. D., Piras, C. C., Alexander, B. D., Siligardi, G., Jávorfi, T., Hall, A. J. & Edwards, A. A., Jun 2018

Article in Chirality

Nanocellulosic materials as bioinks for 3D bioprinting

Piras, C. C., Fernández-Prieto, S. & De Borggraeve, W. M., Oct 2017

Review article in Biomaterials Science

Stabilizing silica nanoparticles in hydrogels: impact on storage and polydispersity

Giovannini, G., Kunc, F., Piras, C. C., Stranik, O., Edwards, A. A., Hall, A. J. & Gubala, V., 5 Apr 2017

Article in RSC Advances

Prizes

RSC Researcher Mobility Travel Grant

Piras, Carmen Cristina (Recipient), 2020

Marie Curie Alumni Association Media Micro Grant

Piras, Carmen Cristina (Recipient), Oct 2019

Best oral presentation at SupraBio Conference - Barcelona

Piras, Carmen Cristina (Recipient), May 2019

Marie Curie Alumni Association Media Micro Grant

Piras, Carmen Cristina (Recipient), 2017

RSC travel Grant to attend the ISACS18 Conference - Challenges in Organic Materials and Supramolecular Chemistry

Piras, Carmen Cristina (Recipient), Nov 2015

Best poster prize - Life Beyond the PhD Conference - Cumberland Lodge

Piras, Carmen Cristina (Recipient), Aug 2015

University of Kent Conference Bursary to attend "Life beyond the PhD" Conference - Cumberland Lodge

Piras, Carmen Cristina (Recipient), Jul 2015

RSC Travel grant to attend the MC12 International Conference of Materials Chemistry - York

Piras, Carmen Cristina (Recipient), Jun 2015

Diamond Summer School Bursary

Piras, Carmen Cristina (Recipient), 2014

Italian Ministry of Foreign Affair Scholarship

Piras, Carmen Cristina (Recipient), Sep 2012

National Award Best Thesis in Pharmacy 2012 - Natale Ferrara Foundation (Italy)

Piras, Carmen Cristina (Recipient), 2012