About us

Dr. Martin Štefanič


Postdoctoral associate



2004 - 2009:    Msc in Biochemistry, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia 
2007 - 2008:    Erasmus student at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic (International student exchange) 
2009 - 2013:    PhD, Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School (Slovenia). Research programme: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. PhD research topic: Development of advanced calcium phosphate coatings on ceramic dental implants for improved osseointegration. 

Professional background

2013 - 2014:      Postdoctoral researcher at Lucideon Ltd. (Stoke-on-Trent, UK). Research topic: Development of biodegradable phosphate based bio-glasses for bone regeneration. Research supervisor: Dr. Xiang Zhang.
2014 - 2015:      Postdoctoral researcher at Biopharma Ltd. (Winchester, UK). Research topic: Development of biocompatible technology for cryopreservation of red blood cells for blood transfusion applications and research on nanoparticles for delivery of      payloads in red blood cells. 
2016 - present:  Postdoctoral researcher, Advanced Materials Department, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia.

Research interests

- Development of biomaterials for tissue engineering application and nanomedicine
- Synthesis of bioceramics (calcium phosphates, bioglass) and bioceramic/polymer composites
- Characterization of biomaterials: physico-chemical properties and biological response 
- Development of nanoparticles for delivery of payloads in cells 
- Technologies for long-term storage of cells (cryopreservation and freeze-drying)
- Investigation of material-cell biological interfaces