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Intelligent Biomaterials


The Research Group in Intelligent Biomaterials was founded in 1993 and has been headed ever since by Prof. María Vallet Regí. Its research work is mainly focused on the biomedical application of materials, boasting over 535 publications in this field. Its headquarters are based in the Inorganic and Bioinorganic Chemistry Department of the Faculty of Pharmacy, and it was validated in 2004 in the first group validation call of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). Also, it belongs to the Institute of Applied Magnetism (UCM-RENFE-CSIC) since its establishment in 2004, to the Centre for Network Biomedical Research in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Biomedicine (CIBER-BBN, Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Bioingeniería, Biomaterials  Biomedicina) since 2007, to the Moncloa Campus of International Excellence since 2009, and to the Research Institute of Hospital 12 de Octubre (i+12) since 2013.

Scientific objectives and lines of work

Our main lines of research include the following:

  1. Materials for bone regeneration.
  2. Bioceramics for antimicrobial applications.
  3. Stimulus-response systems for different biomedical applications: gene transfers and treatment of osteoporosis and solid tumors.

Ever since its creation, this research group has aimed to generate scientific knowledge, promoting research towards excellence, training new researchers and transferring technologies to the production sector.

Another objective of this group is training pre- and post-graduate staff, including over 50 interns and students seeking to complete their bachelor’s and master’s theses. This group has been comprised by over 26 contracted technicians and pre-doctoral fellows (12 researchers in training, 2 members of the Excellence Campus, 3 from BITI, 1 associated with the Agening network, 2 from the i+12 Institute, 1 associated with MORZART and 5 with VERDI) and 22 post-doctoral students (5 from CIBER-BBN, 5 from BITI, 3 from JdC, 3 from RyC and 3 from VERDI). The PhD students trained in this research group have successfully entered  into the employment market, and more than half of them have become professors or senior researchers in universities and scientific laboratories of Spain, France, Ireland, Switzerland, the United States, etc.