Alessondra Speidel is a postdoctoral researcher and previous Wenner-Gren Foreign Postdoctoral Fellow at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden interested in the intersections of engineering and medicine, particularly in designing smarter, tailored materials for various medical applications. She is also a lecturer in biomaterials at DIS Stockholm.
Alessondra's work currently focuses on better understanding the interaction of medical materials and their target body tissues, towards the design of improved regenerative therapies. Previously, she completed a Henry Luce Fellowship and received a Yanagihara grant to explore liver regeneration methods through cell sheet technology and the international differences in regulatory pathways for cell/tissue products at Tokyo Women’s Medical University-Waseda University Joint Institute of Advanced Biomedical Engineering and Science in Tokyo, Japan.
Alessondra completed her PhD in designing materials for heart regeneration under a Marshall scholarship and Rosetrees Trust funding at Imperial College London in 2016. She graduated with Distinction in Biomedical Engineering and a Howard G. Clark Award for excellence in research from Duke University, obtaining a B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in Chemistry in 2011.