About Irina Savina

I received my Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry at A.N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds, Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow in 2003. I have worked previously as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department Biotechnology at Lund University (Sweden), Polymer Chemistry Research Group, Ghent University (Belgium), and Protista Biotechnology AB (Sweden) and I moved to the University of Brighton in 2007. My research work is diverse and multi-disciplinary, with the core subject being the synthesis of novel polymer materials, with special emphasis on designing novel materials for biotechnology, biomedical and environmental applications. I am an expert in the developing of macroporous hydrogel materials, cryogels. My current research topics include development novel materials for wound healing, tissue engineering and drug delivery; adsorbents for bioseparation and environmental application; hydrogel composites; methods for characterisation of hydrogel structure. I have been awarded prestigious Marie Curie fellowships IEF (2009) and ERG (2011). In 2013 I was appointed as Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton.

Visit to the Lomonosov Moscow State University

I was happy to give the presentation about my research at the Lomonosov Moscow State University and discuss our future research on the developing novel catalytic systems with Prof Ekaterina Lokteva and Dr Konstantin Maslakov. The visit was supported by Royal Society Exchange grant.


Gelatin cryogels with Zn helps to heal wounds.

Our study shows that gelatin cryogels are a promising biomaterial formulation for carrying active transition metals. The Zn containing cryogels enhance the skin healing and regeneration.

Transition metal-doped cryogels as bioactive materials for wound healing application

Duong Luong, Abdulla A.Yergeshov, Mohamed Zoughaib, Farida R.Sadykova, Bulat I.Gareev, Irina N.Savina, Timur I.Abdullin

Analysis of human skin fibroblasts (HSF) cultured with non-doped (c) and Zn-doped cryogels (d).

PhD student success

Congratulations to Areej Al-Jwaid who successfully defended her PhD thesis “Bioremediation of Phenol in water using Polymer-supported bacteria”.

Areej was working together with Dr JL Caplin, Dr IN Savina, Dr D Berillo and Professor AB Cundy on the development of novel approach for the phenol degradation.

Congratulations to Sreejith and Dmitriy

Sreejith and Dmitriy, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellows collected Awards from the International Association of Advanced Materials at the European Advanced Materials Congress held in Stockholm.

Welcoming news of the double win, Professor David Timson, Head of the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Science said: “This is a fantastic achievement and important recognition of the important research being undertaken by Dr Raveendran and Dr Berillo here in Brighton. Their work is helping to push the boundaries of knowledge in their field and could lead to the development of important practical medical applications that could revolutionise treatments and bring major benefit to patients.”

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowships enable experienced researchers to work in academic institutions around the world and help to promote collaboration between academics and industry.

Dr Sreejith Raveendran will join the group in October

Dr Sreejith Raveendran is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow who will join the group in October to work on the developing novel nanoparticle based formulations for cancer treatment.

Dr  Raveendran graduated with his PhD in Bionanoscience with an emphasis on cancer drug delivery and nanomedicine from Toyo University, Japan in 2013. After acquiring his doctoral degree from Bio Nano Electronics Research centre, he is pursuing his nanoresearch in cancer nanotechnology and targeted nanotherapy through the postdoctoral research position.

Welcome to Dr Savina’s Research Group blog.


Dr. I. Savina, Senior Lecturer in Physical Chemistry, PhD in Polymer Chemistry, is an expert in the developing of novel material for biomedical and environmental application. She has been working in developing novel macroporous polymers, cryogels for more than 15 years and holds 2 patents on the novel cryogel preparation. Dr Savina has considerable experience in polymer chemistry, surface modification, and material characterisation. She is actively participating in national and international industry-focused research (UK Department of Trade and Industry, National Science Foundation, British Council, European Commission) and is a member of the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (UK), the National Centre of Science and Technology Evaluation of Republic of Kazakhstan and European Commission expert panel.
Here you will find information about her research group, current and previous research projects, publications and opportunities for the collaboration and work in the group.
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