European training network for development of personalized anti-infective medical devices combining printing technologies and antimicrobial functionality

Juliana Aizawa is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Preventive Medicine Resident and MSc in Experimental Epidemiology from Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brazil.  She has been working as a microbiologist since 2012 and with laboratory animals (in vivo experimentation) since 2014. Her research focused in finding solutions to treatment challenges regarding bacterial infections. Previous work of Juliana involved identifying antimicrobial resistance genes in bacteria isolated from food producing animals, fundamental to identify the problem. Currently she is excited to be working towards the solution of antimicrobial resistance, persistence and biofilm related infection in the current PhD based in Universiteit Antwerpen (UA), Belgium. Her role is to optimize a mouse model to shorten the path from fundamental research to clinical application of anti-infective pulmonary endotracheal tubes. These devices will be developed combining in vitro discovery of anti-biofilm formulations and 3D printing technologies. An interdisciplinary, international and intersectorial approach like PRINT-AID provides the experience to face the challenge that is preventing hospital acquired infections.

 See Juliana explain her project