It’s been quite a fun and successful year here at The Science and Engineering Café and I can’t think of a better way to end the year than featuring Dr. Cristina Canal from the Technical University of Catalonia, Spain. Cristina is a very enthusiastic plasma scientist who is focusing on the development of novel biomaterials via plasma engineering.
A few months ago, I had the chance to meet Cristina and learn more about her recent research activities. I am very happy that she accepted my invitation to be featured on Sciengcafe! I will publish her interview next week.
Cristina Canal obtained her bachelors degree in Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Catalonia (UAB) and earned her PhD in Textile Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC, 2006) for research performed at the National Research Council (CSIC).
Her first postdoctoral appointment at the Laboratory of Plasmas and Conversion of Energy (LAPLACE, UPS-CNRS, France) focused on plasma diagnostics and applications of plasmas for medical textiles. Then, during her next postdoc at the Faculty of Pharmacy (University of Barcelona, UB), she initiated her research on the effects of plasmas for tuning drug delivery from different substrates, which she still continues currently, with particular focus on biomaterials for bone regeneration. Since 2010, she is a Research Fellow at the Technical University of Catalonia, where she leads a Starting Grant and the research line on Plasmas for Biomedical Applications, within the Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering Group (BBT) (https://biomaterials.upc.edu).