Savvina Gkouma is a PhD student at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in the Division of Protein Technology. She comes from Greece where she studied Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). She then pursued a master´s degree in Medical Engineering, offered by KTH. In 2020, Savvina joined the Hedhammar Lab, in the Division of Protein Technology at KTH, as a master thesis student. Her project was focused on engineering a vascularized skin tissue equivalent supported by Biosilk. After completing her master degree, she continued her work on the project to further explore the potential of Biosilk as a biomaterial for constructing a physiologically relevant in vitro skin tissue model.
During her PhD within GUTVIBRATIONS, Savvina is being supervised by Prof. My Hedhammar, Assoc. Prof. Martin Dufva, and Mona Widhe, PhD.
Savvina is working at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in the Division of Protein Technology. Her focus is to explore the potential of Biosilk as a biomaterial for tissue engineering applications. Within the GUTVIBRATIONS project she will work on adapting the Biosilk nanomembrane and network to the needs of the gut epithelial-mesenchyme and gut epithelial-immune cell co-culture models. This will involve the incorporation of the different Biosilk formats within the STACKS platform as well as the integration of laminins with the Biosilk. She will also provide training and support regarding the formulation and handling of the Biosilk nanomembrane and network and their combination with the STACKS system.
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