Nancy Avila Martinez

Nancy Avila Martinez | SkinTERM


ESR 1 fellow

Work package 2 and 5


Extracellular matrix

Fetal scarless skin regeneration


Nancy comes from Mexico. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Bioprocess Engineering at the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. She was awarded under the Chevening scholarship from the British government to study her MSc degree in Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Sheffield, UK. She has focused her projects on the development of biomaterials and cell therapy for wound healing in burn patients.

PhD project: Construction and evaluation of informative scaffolds for scarless skin regeneration

Nancy is a PhD candidate at Radboud university medical center, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. As fetal skin is able to regenerate without scars, her doctoral research focuses on the development of biomaterials with components that mimic the foetal microenvironment, such as type III collagen and hyaluronan.

She visits three consortium partners to achieve the objectives below; the Association of Dutch Burn Centers, Beverwijk, the Netherlands, the University of Zürich, Switzerland and Paul Hartmann AG, Heidenheim, Germany, to develop a standard operating procedure for the biomaterials created.

  1. Construction of scaffolds mimicking the (non-scarring) foetal skin microenvironment.
  2. In vitro analysis of scaffolds to select the most promising scaffold for scarless healing.
  3. In vivo analysis of scaffolds for scarless skin regeneration in a skin wound model.


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