Dr Franziska Bode
150 Stamford Street
London SE1 9NH
Franziska graduated in Chemistry from the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany in 2008.
Her PhD projects aimed at understanding the physico-chemical properties of gelatin gels formed either by cooling (physical gelation) and/or by chemical cross-linking with an enzyme, in view of using them as scaffolds for tissue engineering. Franziska's studies correlate the microstructure of the gels, probed both in the final gels and during the gelation process, to the bulk properties (the elastic and loss moduli obtained from rheology). These physical parameters will then be linked to cells behavior in subsequent cell culture studies, to understand how they may control growth and differentiation.
Franziska successfully completed her PhD studies in January 2012.
F. Bode, M. A. da Silva, P. Smith, C. Lorenz, S. McCullen, M. M. Stevens, C. A. Dreiss (2013) Hybrid gelation processes in enzymatically gelled gelatin: impact on nanostructure, macroscopic properties and cellular response, Soft Matter, DOI:10.1039/C3SM00125C
F. Bode, M. A. da Silva, A. F. Drake, S. B. Ross-Murphy, C. A. Dreiss (2011) Enzymatically cross-linked tilapia gelatin hydrogels: Physical, Chemical and Hybrid networks, Biomacromolecules, 12, 3751-3752