Alexandra P. Marques awarded an ERC consolidator Grant.

ERC Alexandra Marques
ERC Alexandra Marques

With the project ECM_INK: Cells-self Extracellular Matrices-based Bioinks to create accurate 3D diseased skin tissue models”, Alexandra P. Marques was awarded an ERC consolidator grant. The project aims at producing 3D skin models that precisely recreate the structure and complex organization of that tissue, including its vascular component, and that exhibit the pathophysiology of some associated diseases. “It is an unique opportunity to develop a method capable of creating 3D models of human tissues with improved functionality and, therefore, more reliable, allowing the generation of more knowledge regarding incurable diseases with high mortality rates, such as skin cancer, contributing for the discovery of innovative therapies”, says the researcher. ECM_INK draws from the fields of cell biology, material science and biomedical engineering to overcome the limitations of currently available clinical solutions for skin diseases.