December 2020

Congratulations to Erin! Officially Dr Brodie.

Erin’s thesis explored the additive manufacturing of TiTa alloys for improved osseointegration of bone implants. A truly interdisciplinary project, and a fun collaboration with Andrey Molotnikov.

November 2020

Surakshya’s paper has been accepted into Biomacromolecules! Another fun collaboration on microgels with the Forsythe group.

We compared hydrogels with different proportions of gelatin and hyaluronic acid and found different outcomes for these when in bulk vs microgel formats. This turned out to be from differing effects on both the biological response of the cells and physical processes governing mineral deposition. The combination of these was critical in defining the overall success of new tissue formation. Overall this highlights the complexity of building new tissues and shows how important it is to consider multiple aspects in combination when optimising conditions for cell differentiation and tissue formation.

S Shrestha, F Li, VX Truong, JS Forsythe, JE Frith Interpay of Hydrogel Composition and Geometry on human Mesenchymal Stem Cell Osteogenesis. Biomacromolecules online ahead of publication.

November 2020

The band is back together! First real-life group meetup in several months. Celebrating lots of milestones- submitted theses, accepted papers, new funding for our work and much more…

January 2020

Fanyi’s paper has been published in Biomaterials Science. In collaboration with Marcy Zenobi-Wong and John Forsythe, we tested the ability of cell-laden microgels to form cartilage in vivo.

F Li, C Levinson, VX Truong, LA Laurent-Applegate, K Maniura-Weber, H Thissen, JS Forsythe, M Zenobi-Wong, JE Frith. Microencapsulation improves chondrogenesis in vitro and cartilagenous matrix stability in vivo compared to bulk encapsulation. Biomaterials Science 8 (6), 1711-1725

December 2019

Our book chapter is now available- here we discuss how cell fate is regulated by physical cues and how these are being used in musculoskeletal tissue-engineering

Carthew J., Shrestha S., Donderwinkel I., Frith J.E. (2019) Physical Stimulation in Tissue-Engineering. In: Seppänen-Kaijansinkko R. (eds) Tissue Engineering in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Springer.

November 2019

Published in Acta Bio- we have been able to transfect MSCs directly whilst encapsulated in a hydrogel. Not only is this much simpler than transfecting and then encapsulating the cells, but we show that it is much better at promoting osteogenesis too!

Carthew J, Donderwinkel I, Shrestha S, Truong VX, Forsythe JS, Frith JE. In situ miRNA delivery from a hydrogel promotes osteogenesis of encapsulated mesenchymal stromal cells. Acta Biomater, 2019.

January 2018

Our work on miRNA modulation of the MSC response to substrate stiffness was published in Nature Communications.

Frith JE, Kusuma GD, Carthew J, Li F, Cloonan N, Gomez GA, Cooper-White JJ. Mechanically sensitive miRNAs bias human mesenchymal stem cell fate via mTOR signalling.Nat Commun. 2018 Jan 17;9(1):257

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