Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Academic Visitor







2.23Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus





Dr. Stacey Skaalure is a post-doctoral research associate in the department of Materials at Imperial College London. Stacey works within the group of Prof. Molly Stevens developing degradable hydrogel scaffolds for 3D cell culture, regenerative medicine, and controlled delivery applications.

Stacey joined Molly Stevens' group in 2014 as a Whitaker postdoctoral research fellow funded by the Institute for International Education, and in 2016 was awarded a prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship from the European Commission to develop NIR-triggered degradable hydrogels for light-activated delivery of therapeutics. 

Stacey received a PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering in 2014 from the University of Colorado. She conducted her PhD research in the group of Prof. Stephanie Bryant, developing novel biodegradable hydrogels with tuneable properties for cartilage tissue engineering. Her research was funded by three competitive individual fellowships including a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF). She was awarded a BSc in Bioengineering from Rice University in 2009, where she worked as an undergraduate research assistant in Prof. Kyriacos Athanasiou's lab investigating scaffold-free cartilage engineering.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Armstrong J, Puetzer JL, Serio A, et al., 2018, Engineering anisotropic muscle tissue using acoustic cell patterning, Advanced Materials, Vol:30, ISSN:0935-9648

Kallepitis C, Bergholt MS, Mazo MM, et al., 2017, Quantitative volumetric Raman imaging of three dimensional cell cultures, Nature Communications, Vol:8, ISSN:2041-1723

Paresh P, Skaalure S, Chow L, et al., 2016, Temporally degradable collagen–mimetic hydrogels tuned to chondrogenesis of human mesenchymal stem cells, Biomaterials, Vol:99, ISSN:1878-5905, Pages:56-71

Skaalure SC, Akalp U, Vernerey FJ, et al., 2016, Tuning Reaction and Diffusion Mediated Degradation of Enzyme-Sensitive Hydrogels, Advanced Healthcare Materials, Vol:5, ISSN:2192-2640, Pages:432-438

Skaalure SC, Chu S, Bryant SJ, 2015, An Enzyme-Sensitive PEG Hydrogel Based on Aggrecan Catabolism for Cartilage Tissue Engineering, Advanced Healthcare Materials, Vol:4, ISSN:2192-2640

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