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Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials

Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy

Studying at Cambridge

 

Dr. Kyung-Ah (Joanna) Kwon

Dr. Kyung-Ah (Joanna) Kwon

Post-Doctoral Research Associate


Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 334560

Biography:

Joanne joined Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials (CCMM) at University of Cambridge to purse PhD after completing a bachelor degree in Mathematics and a master degree in Engineering and Physical Sciences in Medicine at Imperial College London.

Her PhD project title was “Preparation and Characterisation of Hydrogel-Carbonated Hydroxyapatite Coatings on Ti-6Al-4V Substrates for Orthopaedic Applications” and the focus of the project was about exploring the use of hydrogel-bioceramic composite materials as a novel type of coating material for orthopaedic metallic implants in order to circumvent the “bioinert” and stress-shielding problems associated with metallic implants.     

Upon finishing the PhD, Joanne took a post-doctoral research position in University College London (UCL), working on a collaborative project titled “Improving surgical outcomes for ptosis using engineering solutions”, which involved working with ophthalmologists, material scientists and applied mathematician to analyse the mechanical characteristics of levator palpebrae supreioris (LPS) function and also to characterise some of commonly-used brow suspension materials and brow-suspension surgery geometries in the hope of improving the current treatment methods for ptosis patients.

Research Interests

Joanne currently works as a part of a European collaborative project titled “Reinforced Bioresorbable Biomaterials for Therapeutic Drug Eluting Stents (ReBioStent)” in order to develop multifunctional biomaterials for reinforced bioresorbable therapeutic drug eluting stents in the hope of replacing the current metallic coronary stents. This newly developed biomaterials should be drug-loaded and bioresorbable, with improved mechanical properties reducing the risk of in-stent restenosis, thrombosis, and surface functionalisation to promote rapid endothelialisation.

Topics

  • Polymer suture materials and their mechanical properties
  • Polymer-calcium phosphate composite coatings and nanofibres
  • Biodegradable/Bioresorbable polymers

Key Publications

K-A. KWON, R.J. SHIPLEY, M. EDIRISINGHE, D.G. EZRA, G.E. ROSE, A.W. RAYMENT, S.M. BEST, and R.E. CAMERON
“Fatigue and stress-relaxation properties of synthetic brow-suspension materials”, Journal of the mechanical behaviour of biomedical materials, 42:116-128 (2015)

K-A. KWON, R.J. SHIPLEY, M. EDIRISINGHE, D.G. EZRA, G.E. ROSE, A.W. RAYMENT, S.M. BEST and R.E. CAMERON
“Microstructure and mechanical properties of synthetic brow-suspension materials”, Materials Science and Engineering C 35:220-230 (2014)

K-A. KWON, R.J. SHIPLEY, M. EDIRISINGHE, D.G. EZRA, G. ROSE, S.M. BEST and R.E. CAMERON
“High-speed camera characterization of voluntary eye blinking kinematics”, J. R. Soc. Interface 10:20130227 (2013)