INSTITUT OF BIOMATERIALS
Prof. Dr. Aldo Boccaccini (ARB), Head of the Institute and supervisor of the present project, is a highly recognized researcher internationally in the biomaterials field; he leads a team of 30+ researchers, including 21 PhD students, Master students, several post-doctoral researchers, visiting students and academic visitors. He was named a “Highly Cited Scientist” in the 2014 Thomson Reuters list of highly cited researchers. ARB is currently Working Group leader (Biomaterials) within the European Virtual Institute KMM (KMM-VIN: http://www.kmm-vin.eu/). ARB acts also as representative for Germany to the Management Committee of the COST ACTION MP 1005 (http://www.cost.esf.org/domains_actions/mpns/Actions/MP1005) which is related to biomaterials for applications in regenerative and dental medicine. These activities indicate the European dimension of the research being carried out by his research group at Erlangen. ARB has hosted numerous academic visitors in the last years as part of the fellowship program of the Network of Excellence (KMM-NoE). Several academics in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (including ARB) have hosted or are hosting EU Marie Curie research fellows. Finally it is significant to mention the long list of international institutions with which ARB holds collaboration (see above).
Dr. Julia Will is a senior research assistant working since 2003 at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Department of Materials Science and Engineering. She holds a diploma degree from the University Erlangen-Nuremberg and a PhD in materials science of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich, Switzerland). The emphasis of her research activities lays in the field of ceramic processing. After her PhD she worked at the Zentral Institute of Medical Technique at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) as the group leader for ceramics. Since 2009 she works as group leader for bioceramics at the Institute of Biomaterials, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and she is also a lecturer for biomaterials in the courses Materials Science and Engineering and Medical Engineering.