Visiting researcher Alina Weizel from the University of Rostock

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End of November Alina Weizel from the University of Rostock, who is working on modeling the electrical and mechanical stimulation of hyaline cartilage, visited our lab. It is an exciting collaboration, which allows us to apply our holistic research approach, where we closely combine experiments, modeling, and simulation, to a different material than brain tissue – in this case cartilage and corresponding scaffold materials for application in tissue engineering. During Alina’s visit we also got to test human cartilage from a body donor as a reference through our collaboration with Prof. Friedrich Paulsen from the Chair of Anatomy.

Alina Weizel’s work is also a collaboration with Prof. Aldo Boccaccini and Thomas Distler from the Chair of Biomaterials (WW7) at FAU (shown on the photos) within the SFB/CRC 1270 ‘ELAINE‘ (Electrically Active Implants) and the Emerging Fields Initiative (EFI) by the FAU ‘Novel Biopolymer Hydrogels for Understanding Complex Tissue Biomechanics‘.

The visit was topped off by some Christmas spirit at the beautiful Erlanger Christmas market. We had a really great and productive time.