Gema Jiménez has a postdoctoral contract with the University of Granada and associated with the project of an Excellence of the Junta de Andalucía. She has a degree in Biology (2009), and master degree in Regenerative Biomedicine both from the University of Granada (2011). She obtains a Predoctoral fellowship (2012) within the project of an Excellence of the Junta de Andalucía (P10-CTS-65-68 BIOMER CONDROSTEM 3-D: biomedicina regenerativa de patología condral mediante el uso de células madre autólogas) associated to the Department of Human Anatomy and Embryology of the Faculty of Medicine (UGR). During her PhD she did a pre-doctoral stay of 5 months (2015) at the University of Minho (Portugal) in an international reference group: Biomaterials, Biodegradable and Biomedical Research Group (3B's) Associate Laboratory CVS / 3B's. In 2016 he defended his PhD in Biomedicine (UGR), focusing on biomedicine regenerative/tissue engineering to treat cartilage lesions, and currently, she is enjoying a postdoctoral contract associated with the same fellowship.
Gema has been working on the field of regenerative biomedicine, especially in pathological processes such osteochondral lesions and cancer. Her PhD was focused in the development of efficient strategies to restore damage or lost cartilage tissue using the capacity to induce chondrogenesis of two novel chimeric ligands based in the combination of Activin/BMP2 and Nodal/BMP2 growth factors. In addition, she screened polyurethanes and polyacrylates based polymers using the high-throughput system of polymers microarrays for chondrocytes culture during long periods, and finally, compared the chondrogenic potential of cells from a different source (adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells from liposuctions and infrapatellar fat pad, and dedifferentiated chondrocytes). On the other hand, she works on parallel on the field of cancer, development new methodologies for the isolation, enrichment and culture/maintenance of cancer stem cells from commercial lines and patients with cancer including melanoma, colon and breast cancer. Her research not only focuses on the basics but is also clearly translational, with the possibility of diagnostic application and therapeutic use.
She teaches Human Anatomy at the undergraduate level in the Faculty of Medicine (UGR). Her post-graduate teaching is in the Translational Research and Personalized Medicine (TransMed). Gema has supervised two Master's thesis that involves the isolation and characterization of exosomes from cancer cells, and currently, is supervising one PhD student in the field of the 3d bioprinting.