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Sílvia Ferreira, Cristina Lopo and Eileen Gentleman

Sílvia is a biomedical engineer with a Master’s in pharmaceutical sciences and a PhD in nanomedicine. She is currently a postdoctoral research assistant in Eileen Gentleman’s group in the division of Craniofacial Development and Stem Cell Biology at King’s College London, where her work aims to engineer joint tissue to repair cartilage damage before it develops into osteoarthritis. The goal of her project is to understand more about stem cells’ natural environment inside the body, in order to develop therapies for tissue regeneration.

Cristina is an accomplished project manager and media expert specialising in brand development and campaign management for large global corporations. She has experience in managing a wide range of media campaigns with an emphasis on creating strong visual identities, often working with well-known photographers. A creative in her own right, Cristina has a strong track record in graphic design and advertising and her work has been published internationally. She contributed to this project by deconstructing the subjective nature of the image and developing a new visual narrative.

Eileen is a research fellow in the Division of Craniofacial Development and Stem Cell Biology at King’s College London. She joined Imperial College London in 2005 as a postdoctoral research associate after completing her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University, New Orleans. In 2011, she moved to King’s, where she researches the use of biomaterials to direct stem cells to become bone and cartilage for tissue engineering, and material characterisations of engineered tissues. Her research interests also include fundamental mechanisms of biomineralisation and the role of mechano-sensing in tissue development. In 2013 her work in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine was recognised with a Philip Leverhulme Prize.