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Research interests

Group: Pluripotent and Embryonic Stem Cells


Dr Wael Kafienah leads a team focused on understanding the molecular biology of stem cells for applications in skeletal tissue engineering. He has many years of experience in the UK and US developing methods for cartilage tissue engineering using stem cells. That work lead to significant public (see BBC news story “New hope for arthritis sufferers”) and scientific interest (Arthritis and Rheumatism Journal) and earned him the prestigious Garrod Prize 2008 awarded by the British Society of Rheumatology. The team is building on this work by investigating the more versatile pluripotent stem cells. Dr Kafienah holds 3 patents that resulted recently in a University of Bristol spin-out company (Azellon Cell Therapeutics). He was an executive committee member of the British Society for Matrix Biology.

Specific research interests

  • Pharmacological regulation of adult and pluripotent stem cells for cartilage repair and heart disease
  • Cartilage tissue engineering using pluripotent stem cells
  • Novel biomaterials for tissue engineering and drug delivery
  • Endogenous repair of damaged cartilage
  • Bacterial-stem cell interactions in osteomyelitis

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Research Output

Open Access
  • 28 Downloads (Pure)

    Bioreactor manufactured cartilage grafts repair acute and chronic osteochondral defects in large animal studies

    Vukasovic, A., Asnaghi, M. A., Kostesic, P., Quasnichka, H. L., Cozzolino, C., Pusic, M., Hails, L., Trainor, N., Krause, C., Figallo, E., Filardo, G., Kon, E., Wixmerten, A., Maticic, D., Pellegrini, G., Kafienah, W., Hudetz, D., Smith, T., Martin, I., Ivkovic, A. & 1 others, Wendt, D., 6 Sep 2019, In : Cell Proliferation. 14 p., e12653.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    112 Downloads (Pure)

    Effects of Low-Frequency Electromagnetic Fields on Chondrocytes in Short-Term Cultures

    Kozaci, L., Bilgin, M., Carhan, A., Çalışkan, Ş. & Kafienah, W., 23 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Cyprus Journal of Medical Sciences .

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Supervised Work

    Interaction between immune cells phenotype and the microbiome in B cells immunodeficiency diseases: miRNA & microbiomes in PIDDs

    Author: Al-Nesf Al-Mansouri, M. A. A. Y., 28 Nov 2019

    Supervisor: Morgan, D. J. (Supervisor) & Kafienah, W. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's ThesisMaster of Science (MSc)

    Stem Cell Membrane Re-Engineering for Adhesion to the Extracellular Matrix

    Author: Cuahtecontzi Delint, R., 25 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Kafienah, W. (Supervisor) & Perriman, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)