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Dr Ranjana Rai
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  • Research Fellow
  • Department of Surgical Biotechnology
  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

Ranjana Rai is a WEISS postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Nanotechnology & Regenerative medicine, UCL. She is working with world-renowned vascular surgeons to develop small diameter vascular grafts in situ. She received the prestigious President Scholarship for her master’s and the Quintin Hogg Scholarship to pursue her Ph.D study at the University of Westminster, UK. It was while undertaking her Ph.D research that her passion for biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine started. Following her Ph.D, she worked as a lead postdoc in the EU funded FP7 project BIOSCENT aimed at developing Cardiac Patches. She has also worked in another EU-FP7 project ReBioStent focussed on developing drug eluting bioresorbable stents. Ranjana loves teaching and promoting STEM, especially women in science. She is also the co-founder for the Centre for Bimaterials and Tissue Engineering Nepal, CBTEN. 

Research Summary

My research till date has focussed on developing materials for biomedical applications, such as tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, drug delivery and medical device development. I have worked on various polymer based platforms (synthetic, natural, polymeric blends) and composite systems with inorganic particles. Fabricating and developing materials into scaffolds that are able to mimic target in vivo physiological environment, has been a key aspect of my research. Similarly, I am also interested in tailoring properties of materials/scaffolds and functionalising it to achieve desired features for enhancing cell-material interactions. I am currently working on developing smart small diameter vascular grafts that are able to self endothelialise and regenerate in situ with improved patency.

Teaching Summary

Currently, I am not undertaking any teaching however, I have been mainly involved in supervising research projects. 

July 2010 – July 2013: Postdoctoral Research- Department of Materials Science and Engineering,  University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.
Summary: Successfully planned and undertook lectures on the module ‘Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering’ for the master’s programme.  Supervision of B.Sc and M.Sc research projects.

Feb 2006-Aug 2006: Visiting Lecturer - Department of Biotechnology, Kathmandu University (KU), Nepal.
Summary:  During this period at KU, I was the module leader for Cell Signaling at the Bachelors level. I was involved in preparing and delivering the lecture as well as preparing and marking the final exam reports. I also had the opportunity to supervise B.Sc research projects. 

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