Dr Mihai Lomora

B.Eng., M.Eng., PhD

 
researcher
 

Biography

Mihai is currently an Adjunct Lecturer/Postdoctoral Researcher at the SFI Research Centre for Medical Devices (CÚRAM), NUI Galway, Ireland. He received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Basel, Switzerland (2017). Mihai is actively involved in the project management of the EPSRC-SFI Joint Centre for Doctoral Training in Engineered Tissues for Discovery, Industry and Medicine (CDT lifETIME): https://lifetime-cdt.org/     

Research Interests

Mihai's current research interests include the fabrication of i) protein-polymer synthetic assemblies (micro-/nanocapsules, micro-/nanoparticles), and ii) phytoplankton-based scaffolds together with their  
combination with extracellular matrix (ECM)/cellular components for tissue engineering applications.  


Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2019) 'Therapeutic Applications of Phytoplankton, with an Emphasis on Diatoms and Coccolithophores'
Lomora, M.; Shumate, D.; Rahman, A.A.; Pandit, A. (2019) 'Therapeutic Applications of Phytoplankton, with an Emphasis on Diatoms and Coccolithophores'. Advanced Therapeutics, 2 (2) [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'Antioxidant functionalized polymer capsules to prevent oxidative stress'
Larranaga, A.; Isa, I. L. M.; Patil, V., Thamboo, S.; Lomora, M.; Fernandez-Yague, M.A.; Sarasua, J.-R.; Palivan, C. G.; Pandit, A. (2018) 'Antioxidant functionalized polymer capsules to prevent oxidative stress'. Acta Biomaterialia, 67 :21-31 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Bio-catalytic nanocompartments for in situ production of glucose-6-phosphate'
Lomora, M.; Gunkel-Grabole, G.; Mantri, S.; Palivan, C.G. (2017) 'Bio-catalytic nanocompartments for in situ production of glucose-6-phosphate'. Chemical Communications, 53 (73):10148-10151 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Polymer capsules as micro-/nanoreactors for therapeutic applications: Current strategies to control membrane permeability'
Larrañaga, A.; Lomora, M.; Sarasua, J.R.; Palivan, C.G.; Pandit, A. (2017) 'Polymer capsules as micro-/nanoreactors for therapeutic applications: Current strategies to control membrane permeability'. Progress In Materials Science, 90 :325-357 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Active surfaces engineered by immobilizing protein-polymer nanoreactors for selectively detecting sugar alcohols'
Zhang, X.; Lomora, M.; Einfalt, T.; Meier, W.; Klein, N.; Schneider, D.; Palivan, C.G. (2016) 'Active surfaces engineered by immobilizing protein-polymer nanoreactors for selectively detecting sugar alcohols'. Biomaterials, 89 :79-88 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Artificial Organelles: Reactions inside Protein--Polymer Supramolecular Assemblies'
Garni, M.; Einfalt, T.; Lomora, M.; Car, A.; Meier, W.; Palivan, C.G. (2016) 'Artificial Organelles: Reactions inside Protein--Polymer Supramolecular Assemblies'. Chimia, 70 (6):424-427 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Does membrane thickness affect the transport of selective ions mediated by ionophores in synthetic membranes?'
Lomora, M.; Dinu, I.A.; Itel, F.; Rigo, S.; Spulber, M.; Palivan, C.G. (2015) 'Does membrane thickness affect the transport of selective ions mediated by ionophores in synthetic membranes?'. Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 36 (21):1929-1934 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Polymersomes with engineered ion selective permeability as stimuli-responsive nanocompartments with preserved architecture'
Lomora, M.; Garni, M.; Itel, F.; Tanner, P.; Spulber, M.; Palivan, C.G. (2015) 'Polymersomes with engineered ion selective permeability as stimuli-responsive nanocompartments with preserved architecture'. Biomaterials, 53 :406-414 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Polymeric 3D nano-architectures for transport and delivery of therapeutically relevant biomacromolecules'
Gunkel-Grabole, G.; Sigg, S.; Lomora, M.; Lörcher, S.; Palivan, C.G.; Meier, W. (2015) 'Polymeric 3D nano-architectures for transport and delivery of therapeutically relevant biomacromolecules'. Biomaterials Science, 3 (1):25-40 [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'Selective ion-permeable membranes by insertion of biopores into polymersomes'
Lomora, M.; Itel, F.; Dinu, I.A.; Palivan, C.G. (2015) 'Selective ion-permeable membranes by insertion of biopores into polymersomes'. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 17 (24):15538-15546 [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2018) 'Engineering Smart Polymeric Materials With Complex Architectures For Biomedical Applications'
Dinu, I.A; Dinu, M.V.; Lomora, M.; Palivan, C.G.; Meier, W. (2018) 'Engineering Smart Polymeric Materials With Complex Architectures For Biomedical Applications' In: Smart Materials: Integrated Design, Engineering Approaches, and Potential Applications. USA: Apple Academic Press. [Details]
(2016) 'Bionanoreactors: from confined reaction spaces to artificial organelles'
Postupalenko, V.; Einfalt, T.; Lomora, M.; Dinu, I.A.; Palivan, C.G. (2016) 'Bionanoreactors: from confined reaction spaces to artificial organelles' In: Organic nanoreactors: From molecular to supramolecular organic compounds. USA: Academic Press, Elsevier. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2019) Charles Rodolphe Brupbacher Symposium 2019 Breakthroughs in Cancer Research and Therapy,
Lomora, M.; Huo, Z.; Kym, U.; Holland-Cunz, S.; Gros, S. (2019) Potential of the water channel aquaporin 1 for detecting migrating tumor cells. [Published Abstract], Charles Rodolphe Brupbacher Symposium 2019 Breakthroughs in Cancer Research and Therapy, Switzerland , 29-JAN-19. [Details]
(2018) Gordon Research Conference,
Lomora, M.; Pandit, A. (2018) Light-driven coccolith micro-wheels. [Poster Presentation], Gordon Research Conference, Les Diablerets, Switzerland , 24-JUN-18. [Details]
(2018) N.I.C.E. 2018,
Lomora, M.; Shumate, D.; Pandit, A. (2018) Mussel-bioinspired polydopamine coated coccoliths as novel therapeutic carriers. [Oral Presentation], N.I.C.E. 2018, Nice, France , 14-OCT-18. [Details]
(2016) 3rd International Conference on Analytical Chemistry (ROICAC'2016),
Lomora M., Dinu I.A., Garni, M.; Einfalt, T.; Rigo, S.; Itel, F.; Zhang, X.; Meier, W.; Palivan, C.G. (2016) Polymersomes with engineered selective membrane permeability as novel biosensing nanodevices. [Keynote Address], 3rd International Conference on Analytical Chemistry (ROICAC'2016), Iasi, Romania , 28-AUG-16. [Details]
(2016) Peroxisystem,
Lomora, M.; Itel, F.; Dinu, I.A.; Garni, M.; Spulber, M.; Rigo, S.; Palivan, C.G. (2016) Engineering robust stimuli-responsive bio-mimetic polymer compartments. [Oral Presentation], Peroxisystem, Weizmann Institute of Israel, Rehovot, Israel , 22-FEB-16. [Details]
(2016) N.I.C.E. 2016,
Lomora, M.; Zhang, X.; Garni, M.; Einfalt, T.; Dinu, I.A.; Stolarov, S.; Gunkel-Grabole, G.; Klein, N.; Schneider, D.; Meier, W.; Palivan, C.G. (2016) 'Smart' surfaces as sensors for detection of pH changes. [Oral Presentation], N.I.C.E. 2016, Nice, France , 16-OCT-16. [Details]
(2016) 29th International Symposium on Pediatric Surgical Research,
Lomora, M.; Kim, U.; Pfeifle, V.; Palivan, C.; Holland-Cunz, S.; Gros, S.J. (2016) Aqp1 influences cell water permeability and mobility. [Oral Presentation], 29th International Symposium on Pediatric Surgical Research, Frankfurt, Germany , 08-OCT-16. [Details]
(2016) 252nd ACS National Meeting,
Lomora, M.; Garni, M.; Einfalt, T.; Itel, F.; Dinu, I.A.; Meier, W.; Palivan, C.G. (2016) Biopores inside synthetic membranes of giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) as model of cell membranes. [Oral Presentation], 252nd ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, US , 24-AUG-16. [Details]
(2016) 252nd ACS National Meeting,
Lomora, M.; Spulber, M.; Najer, A.; Dinu, I.A.; Garni, M.; Mantri, S.; Palivan, C.G. (2016) Cascade reactions in confined spaces at the nanoscale for replacing part of an impaired metabolic pathway. [Oral Presentation], 252nd ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, US , 24-AUG-16. [Details]
(2015) 11th International Symposium on Frontiers in Biomedical Polymers (FBPS),
Dinu, I.A.; Lomora, M.; Itel, F.; Meier, W.; Palivan, C.G. (2015) Biomimetic nano-compartments with ion-selective membrane permeability. [Oral Presentation], 11th International Symposium on Frontiers in Biomedical Polymers (FBPS), Riva del Garda, Italy , 08-JUL-15. [Details]
(2015) NCCR Lunch Meeting Presentations,
Lomora, M. (2015) Stimuli-responsive nanocompartments with preserved architecture. [Oral Presentation], NCCR Lunch Meeting Presentations, Basel, Switzerland , 20-MAY-15. [Details]
(2014) Nanosmat-9,
Lomora, M.; Palivan, C.G. (2014) Controlled reactions in confined nanocompartments: at the threshold of extraordinary advances in nanomedicine. [Oral Presentation], Nanosmat-9, Dublin, Ireland , 08-NOV-14. [Details]
(2014) N.I.C.E. 2014,
Lomora, M.; Tanner, P.; Lörcher, S.; Palivan, C.G. (2014) Outward and inward passive proton transport through bio-mimetic membranes. [Oral Presentation], N.I.C.E. 2014, Nice, France , 15-OCT-14. [Details]

Article

  Year Publication
(2011) Intermediary compounds in advanced oxidation processes for wastewater treatment.
Lomora, M; Draghici, C; Enesca, A.l. (2011) Intermediary compounds in advanced oxidation processes for wastewater treatment. Article [Details]

Correction

  Year Publication
(2017) Correction: Bio-catalytic nanocompartments for in situ production of glucose-6-phosphate.
Lomora M., Gunkel-Grabole, G.; Mantri, S.; Palivan, C.G. (2017) Correction: Bio-catalytic nanocompartments for in situ production of glucose-6-phosphate. Correction [DOI] [Details]

Media

  Year Publication
(2018) Nanocompartments - Synthetic Cell Organelles for Bio-catalyzed Metabolic Reactions.
Gunkel-Grabole, G.; Lomora, M.; Palivan, C. (2018) Nanocompartments - Synthetic Cell Organelles for Bio-catalyzed Metabolic Reactions. Media [Details]
(2017) Nanocapsules Enable Cell-Inspired Metabolic Reactions.
Lomora M., Gunkel-Grabole, G.; Mantri, S.; Palivan, C.G. (2017) Nanocapsules Enable Cell-Inspired Metabolic Reactions. Media [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2019 Enterprise Ireland H2020 Co-ordinator Proposal Preparation Support Scheme Enterprise Ireland H2020
2019 Elsevier Reviewer Recognition Award Elsevier
2017 Early Postdoc.Mobility Swiss National Science Foundation
2016 Travel Fellowship The David Lopatie Conference Centre, Weizman Institute of Science, Israel
2015 Chemistry Travel Award SCNAT, SCS and SSFEC, CHIMIA
2009 Erasmus Scholarship EU

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
American Chemical Society Member 01-JAN-16 /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
College of Science and Engineering Member 01-MAY-19 /
CÚRAM Summit Member of the Organizing Committee 01-JUN-18 /
Postdoctoral Council President 01-JUN-18 / 01-JUN-19
Swiss Soft Days 14th edition Member of the Organizing Committee 01-JUN-14 /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
NUI Galway Postdoctoral Researcher 01-AUG-17 /
University of Basel, Switzerland Teaching Assistant 01-APR-13 / 01-APR-17

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2017 University of Basel, Switzerland Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry Chemistry
2011 Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania Masters in Sustainable Product Design and Environment Sustainable Product Design and Environment
2009 Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering Environmental Engineering

Languages

  Language
English
Romanian

Community Engagement

  Title Type From / To
Outreach Cell Explorer event: "Les Cellules Déambulent" 15-NOV-19 /
Outreach Teachers in Residence 23-OCT-19 /

Reviews

  Journal Role
Scientific Reports Reviewer
ACS Applied Bio Materials Reviewer
Small Reviewer
Plos One Reviewer
Biomaterials Science Reviewer
Molecular Pharmaceutics Reviewer
International Journal Of Pharmaceutics Reviewer