Sajjad Jamali (ESR 8)
I am a researcher in BIOIMPLANT Innovative Training Network (ITN), launched to develop a new generation of orthopaedic and vascular implants. In this initiative, I am working on the development of load-oriented polymeric fixation for mandibular bone in the IMDEA Materials Institute, Madrid, and ITA GmbH, Aachen. I received an M.Sc. level in Mechanical Engineering from Tehran University, in my home country, Iran. During my years at university, my most important purpose was to pursue further study to refine my knowledge and skills in the area of interest. Accordingly, I made a concentrated effort in developing strong skills in lab research, and obtained solid knowledge in my master’s research in the material behaviour field, including material processing, characterization, and material properties. I am highly fascinated with the new research areas connecting my knowledge to the new world. In this way, I actively try to maintain my collaboration with the academic environment, which is inspired me to peruse my continued education in the BIOIMPLANT initiative.
Mandibular bone, as the only dynamic part of the facial skeleton, plays a crucial part in supporting muscles, ligaments, and other tissues, which are required for facial expression, appearance, speech, and mechanical functions, such as mastication. Mandibular continuously suffers from defects following tumour resection, maxillofacial injury, and osteomyelitis, causing severe disorders in patient’s live. However, there are studies on various aspects of mandibular bone relevant to various bone grafts and resections, defect classification, and bone fixations, but developments regarding mandibular bone implant and fixation is still immature and much remains to be done regarding the string of processes from material development to deployment of the product. Considering these efforts, it has been set to utilized self-reinforced textile composites of Poly Lactic-Acid (PLA) material for this project on top of that multiscale modeling that contribute to optimization products to achieve enhanced strength and stiffness as well as suitable biocompatibility and biodegradability for the fixations.