Maria del Rocio Garcia Cruz

“A bioactive delivery system for wound healing”

Advisors: Laurence Meagher

Maria received her M.Sc. in Biochemistry, Molecular biology and Biomedicine from Univerity Complutense of Madrid (Spain) in 2014. During her studies she did investigate the function of the telomeric RNA and Sirtuins on telomere length regulation in lung cancer under the supervision of Pilar Iniesta Serrano (Faculty of Pharmacy, UCM, Spain).

She obtained her PhD in 2021 under the supervision of Laurence Meagher and Jess Frith at Monash University. Her project focussed on the development of a 3D bio-printed cardiac scaffold to improve cardiac regeneration after heart attack based on the extrusion of designed biomaterials with encapsulated cardiac progenitor cells.

In 2021, she joined the Frith lab as a postdoctoral researcher to work on the delivery of bioactive molecules for wound healing. Better treatments for mid-deep dermal thickness burn degree are still needed to decrease the risk of complications, the time in hospitals and costs of wound management. The aim of Maria’s project is to study the potential of new biomolecules to improve the healing of second degree burns and to develop a smart dressing able to deliver the bioactive molecules.  Her research interests include cell therapies, tissue engineering, and biomedical / genetic engineering.