Laboratory for Fetal Healing and Tissue Engineering

By combining materials engineering with cell biology and clinical research, the Ehrbar laboratory is engaged in studying and engineering tissue healing. Towards this end, we have developed materials, which by modular assembly of synthetic and biological building blocks allow creation of specific, cell-instructive, healing microenvironments. These platforms are being used to optimize materials properties and signals that control recruitment, expansion, and differentiation of local progenitor cells. Based on such findings next generation materials and application strategies are being designed, which will be tailored towards clinically relevant treatments.

We proudly announce the following recognitions:

  • Yannick Devaud receives the UZH Bio-Entrepreneur Fellowship Award 2018 for his project to close membrane defects after operative fetoscopic surgery
  • Ulrich Blache receives the ETH Medal for an outstanding PhD thesis
  • Queralt Vallmajo-Martin is the winner of the Best Poster Award of the 2018 Biointerfaces International Zurich conference
  • Ulrich Blache is the winner of the 2018 Research Award of the Swiss Society for Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine
  • Queralt Vallmajo-Martin is the winner of the Travel Award of the Swiss Society for Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine to participate in the 5th TERMIS World Congress 2018

Our newest publication

Microfluidic Platforms to Screen Granular Hydrogel Microenvironments for Tissue Regeneration



Enhanced bone regeneration in rat calvarial defects through BMP2 release from engineered poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels



Recovery of Therapeutically Ablated Engineered Blood-Vessel Networks on a Plug-and-Play Platform



Simple Establishment of a Vascularized Osteogenic Bone Marrow Niche Using Pre-Cast Poly(ethylene Glycol) (PEG) Hydrogels in an Imaging Microplate



Engineered Platelet-Derived Growth Factor-Releasing Hydrogels Promote Fetal Membrane Healing In Vivo



Amnion Cells in Tailored Hydrogels Deposit Human Amnion Native Extracellular Matrix