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Dr. Lynda Velutheril Thomas

Scientist 'D'
Phone :
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Academic Qualifications

PhD - 2012, "A STUDY ON THE INFLUENCE OF NANOFIBRILLAR STRUCTURE AND MECHANICAL STIMULATION FOR THE GENERATION OF A TISSUEvENGINEERED VASCULAR CONSTRUCT" Biomedical Technology Wing, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology, Trivandrum, India.

Post Graduation - M.Tech (Polymer Technology) 2005 Department of Polymer Science and Rubber Technology, Cochin University for Science and Technology, CUSAT, Kerala, INDIA.

Post Graduation - M.Sc (Polymer Chemistry) 2003. M.G University, INDIA

Graduation- B.Sc Industrial Chemistry, 2001. University of Kerala, India

Professional Record

Sr Scientist (Research and Development) in AXIO BIOSOLUTIONS Pvt. Ltd. (July 2015-Jan 2016) - an ISO 13485 approved start up industry.

Post Doc- 2013, "Development of layered scaffold structures' for vascular Tissue Engineering" Biofunctional Materials-West Lab, Biomedical Engineering Department, Duke University- 27710, Durham, NC, USA. Mentor- Prof Jennifer West

Research Associate -2012 , Indo-Danish Project on Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering at the Division of Tissue Engineering and Regeneration Technologies, Biomedical Technology Wing, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum,Kerala, INDIA.

Project Scientist/Engineer-B - 2011, DBT Project at the Division of Tissue Engineering and Regeneration Technologies, Biomedical Technology Wing, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum,Kerala, INDIA.

Awards

2014 - BME Innovation and Career Development Award, BMES, USA.

2013- Fulbright Nehru Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award

2011- Young Scientist award at the 23rd Kerala Science Congress, Government of India

2008-2010 - Senior Research Fellowship, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India.

2007- ISSCR Student Travel Award for best paper at 5th ISSCR Annual Meeting, Cairns, Australia

2007- Best poster presentation award at INDO-US Workshop on Cardiovascular Prosthetic Devices: In vitro Studies to clinical Implantation, SCTIMST, Thiruvananthapuram, India

2005 - Award for best paper at 12th Annual Conference of the Vascular Society Of India, VSICON 2005, Thiruvananthapuram

2005 - 2nd rank, M.Tech Polymer Technology. Cochin University for Science and Technology, CUSAT, Cochin, Kerala, INDIA.

2003 - 2nd rank, M.Sc Polymer Chemistry, M.G University, Kerala, INDIA.

Area of Interest

Synthesis and fabrication of novel biomaterials for wound healing applications and their characterization, Bioprinting of tissue engineered constructs, Electrospinning and freeze drying of polymers, Development of polymeric scaffolds for Tissue engineering of vascular grafts, cartilage etc, Bioreactor culture, Effect of mechanical forces on improving the quality of tissue engineered construct, Influence of biomaterial composition/ surface properties/ pore size & morphology on cell response during in vitro tissue development, effect of culture conditions in in vitro tissue development. Development of microfluidic paper based biosensing platforms.

Current Activities

Development of Advanced wound healing dressings for chronic wound applications

Development of an injectable gel system for cartilage repair and for repair of growth plate defects

Development of scaffold constructs for tissue engineering using the technology of bioprinting.

Development of microfluidic paper based biosensing devices.

On-going Projects

Principal Project Investigator in a TRC project (8145) entitled 'Lint free absorbent dressing for surgical and highly exudating chronic wounds'

Co-Project Investigator in a TRC project (8140) entitled 'An injectable hydrogel for repair of cartilage injury and growth plate defects'

Co-Investigator in a TRC project (8141) entitled '3D Printing of Liver Tissue Constructs for In Vitro Hepatotoxicity Testing'

Patents

Indian Patent Application No 201741001964. 'An application system for two component injectable gel mixture with a homogenous mixing unit for various applications.'

Fellowships

2013- Fulbright Nehru Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award

2008-2010 - Senior Research Fellowship, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India.

Membership

Life Member of Society for Polymer Science, India (SPSI).

Member, American Heart Association.

Member, Biomedical Medical Engineering Society.

Life Member, Society for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (INDIA)

Team

Dr ShantiKrishna (Project Scientist, TRC Project)

Ms Priyadarshini S (M.Tech Project student)

Ms Chinju (M.Phil Project student)

Publications
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Lynda Velutheril Thomas, Rahul V.G, Prabha D Nair, Effect of stiffness of chitosan-hyaluronic acid dialdehyde hydrogels on the viability and growth of encapsulated chondrocytes., International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 2017, pii: S0141-8130(16)32707-, doi: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2017.05.116
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Nandkumar M.A., Ashna U., Thomas L.V, Nair P.D., Pulmonary surfactant expression analysis?Role of cell?cell interactions and 3-D tissue-like architecture., Cell Biol Int., 2015, 39(3):272-82., doi: 10.1002/cbin.10389.
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Thomas, L.V. and Nair, P.D., The effect of pulsatile loading and scaffold structure for the generation of a medial equivalent tissue engineered vascular graft., BioResearch open access , 2013, 2 (3), 227-239
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Thomas, L.V. and Nair, P.D., Tissue engineered Vascular Grafts - Preclinical aspects., International Journal of Cardiology, 2013, 167(4), 1091-1100
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Thomas, L.V. and Nair, P.D., Influence of Mechanical Stimulation in the Development of a Medial Equivalent Tissue-Engineered Vascular Construct using a Gelatin-g-Vinyl Acetate Co-Polymer Scaffold, Journal of Biomaterial Science Polymer Edition, 2012, 23 (16), 2069-2087
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Mukundan, L.M. Nirmal, R. Thomas,L.V. Sajeev, U.S. and Nair P.D., Retreival of rat aortic smooth muscle cells as intact cell sheet for regenerative medicine: a cost effective approach using photo polymerization., Biotechnology Letters, 2011, 33(10), 2083-2089
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Thomas, L.V. and Nair, P.D, (Citric acid-co-polycaprolactone triol) Polyester - a biodegradable elastomer for Soft tissue engineering., Biomatter , 2011, 1(1),81-90