Yajie Zhang defends his PhD thesis on nanomaterials with great success

Yajie Zhang from the Nanoparticles & Nanocomposites (NN) group at ICMAB defended his PhD thesis on the 15th of September 2020. Anna Roig (NN group, ICMAB-CSIC) and Anna Rosell (Neurovascular Research Lab, Vall d'Hebron Research Institute) were the supervisors of his Doctoral Studies in Materials Science.

The thesis entitled "Multimodal Imaging PLGA Nanocapsules as Protein Carrier for Potential Neurorepair in Ischemic Brain" compiles the work put in the formulation and functionalization of PLGA nanocapsules (NC) used for targeted delivery of EPC secretome to the brain. These magnetic PLGA NCs with therapeutic proteins are currently been used for several in vitro and in vivo experiments by the rest of the MAGGBRIS partners with potential clinical translation.

The thesis presentation had to be online due to the social distancing measures imposed by the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus pandemic. The PhD Thesis Committee was formed by Antonio Villaverde Corrales, Institut de Biotecnologia i de Biomedicina, UAB (President), Aitziber López Cortajarena, CIC biomaGUNE (Secretary) and Dagmar Fischer, Friedrich Schiller Universitäty Jena, Germany (Vocal).

Congratulations Dr. Zhang!

All MAGBBRIS consortium members wish you a very fruitful career in nanomaterial research!

List of publications

Zhang Y, García-Gabilondo M, Grayston A, ... Rosell A* & Roig A*. (2020). PLGA protein nanocarriers with tailor-made fluorescence/MRI/PET imaging modalities. Nanoscale, 12(8), 4988-5002.

Zhang Y, García-Gabilondo M, Rosell A* & Roig A*. (2020). MRI/Photoluminescence dual-modal imaging magnetic PLGA nanocapsules for theranostics. Pharmaceutics, 12(1), 16.

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