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Sabra Zouhair

Born in June, the 11th 1983 (Morocco)


05/2014: Diploma’s degree in Biotechnology at Technical University Berlin, Germany

Specialization: Medical Biotechnology

Research experience:

01/2014-01/2015: Research assistant at German Heart Institute Berlin. Department of Congenital Heart Disease Pediatric Cardiology. AG Dr. Boris Schmitt

Research Project: Pericardial heart valve



Project Description: Preservation methods for cell-seeded TE cardiovascular grafts (ESR11)

The aim of this Fellowship is to evaluate a range of preservation methods, commonly used by tissues banks for medium? to long-term storage of transplants, on cell-seeded TE constructs, with a view to establishing optimal preservation methods for TE grafts. This Fellowship will research cell-seeded TE scaffolds obtained from pulmonary and aortic valve roots (human and porcine), small intestine (porcine) and pericardium (porcine/bovine), which will be decellularised according to previously established methods, and ovine fibrin valvular scaffolds, which will be contributed by another ESR project within the TECAS-ITN. The scaffolds will be seeded statically with single and multiple human cell populations under previously established optimal seeding conditions, and will be assessed in terms of cell viability, attachment, colonisation, and phenotype. The seeded scaffolds will then be treated with a range of different preservation techniques and assessed in terms of cell viability and phenotype in order to identify the most suitable techniques and parameters for the particular scaffold/cell combinations.

email: sabra.z(at)

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TECAS-ITN End-of-Network Conference

 Padua, November 28-30, 2016

The TECAS-ITN European Doctoral Academy in Regenerative Engineering, is organising the End-of-Network Conference in Padua, Italy.

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