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

 Clara Guarch studied a BSc in Bio- technology at the Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain). Her bachelor thesis was focused on studying “How intermittent alcohol consumption affects to the adolescent brain in a murine model” in the Cellular and Molecular Alcohol Pathology department in the Prince Felipe Research Center in València (Spain).

Clara did an internship abroad to gain experience in the microbiology field at the company MicroMol GmbH in Karlsruhe (Germany). This experience encouraged her interest in microbiology. Then, in order to improve her knowledge in this area, she continue her studies with a MSc in Medical Microbiology at the University of Manchester (UK). Claras master thesis was focused on the purification and characterization of two novel bacteriophages against MRSA strains and its application as a treatment to destroy MRSA biofilm.

Currently Clara is a PhD student at the Medical Microbiology department in the Academic Medical Center under the supervision of Dr. S.A.J Zaat. As part of PRINT-AID, her project will focus on development, characterization and in vivo evaluation of novel 3D-printed femur implants by incorporating newly developed highly potent Synthetic Antimicrobial and Antibiofilm Peptides to prevent Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis infection in a murine model.

PRINT-AID program is a great opportunity to improve my professional skills in the medical and additive manufacturing research fields. As early stage researchers of the PRINT-AID we are trained in a complete system educational platform combining the academic and industrial sectors.