Hybrid 3D Printing of Advanced Hydrogel-Based Wound Dressings with Tailorable Properties.

Milojevic, M., et al., Pharmaceutics, 2021. DOI: 10.3390/pharmaceutics13040564.

Different Cannabis sativa Extraction Methods Result in Different Biological Activities against a Colon Cancer Cell Line and Healthy Colon Cells.

Rozanc, J., et al., Plants, 2021. DOI: 10.3390/plants10030566.

Gynaecological cancers and their cell lines.

Skok, K., et al., Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, 2021. DOI: 10.1111/jcmm.16397.

Effects of the reservoir bag disconnection on inspired gases during general anesthesia: a simulator-based study.

Krizmaric, M., et al., BMC anesthesiology, 2021. DOI: 10.1186/s12871-021-01256-2.

Recent Advancements in 3D Printing of Polysaccharide Hydrogels in Cartilage Tissue Engineering.

Naranda, J., et al., Materials, 2021. DOI: 10.3390/ma14143977.

Morphological, mechanical, and in-vitro bioactivity of gelatine/collagen/hydroxyapatite based scaffolds prepared by unidirectional freeze-casting.

Pottathara, Y.B., et al., Polymer Testing, 2021. DOI: 10.1016/j.polymertesting.2021.107308.

Clindamycin-Based 3D-Printed and Electrospun Coatings for Treatment of Implant-Related Infections.

Maver, T., et al., Materials, 2021. DOI: 10.3390/ma14061464.

The development and characterization of bioactive coatings for local drug delivery in orthopedic applications.

Finsgar, M., J. Kovac, and U. Maver, Progress in Organic Coatings, 2021. DOI: 10.1016/j.porgcoat.2021.106350.

Microvascular Tissue Engineering-A Review.

Vajda, J., et al., Biomedicines, 2021. DOI: 10.3390/biomedicines9060589.

Progressive use of multispectral imaging flow cytometry in various research areas.

RoZanc, J., M. Finsgar, and U. Maver, Analyst, 2021. DOI: 10.1039/d1an00788b.

Design of In Vitro Hair Follicles for Different Applications in the Treatment of Alopecia-A Review.

Znidaric, M., Z.M. Zurga, and U. Maver, Biomedicines, 2021. DOI: 10.3390/biomedicines9040435.

Modeli in vitro endokrine trebušne slinavke.

Maver, U., A. Stožer, and M. Milojević, Slovenian Medical Journal, 2021. DOI: 10.6016/ZdravVestn.3001.

Investigating the Viability of Epithelial Cells on Polymer Based Thin-Films.

Vihar, B., et al., Polymers, 2021. DOI: 10.3390/polym13142311.

Dexamethasone-Loaded Bioactive Coatings on Medical Grade Stainless Steel Promote Osteointegration.

Rozanc, J., et al., Pharmaceutics, 2021. DOI: 10.3390/pharmaceutics13040568.

Advanced Bio-Based Polymers for Astrocyte Cell Models.

Gradisnik, L., et al., Materials, 2021. DOI: 10.3390/ma14133664.

Živalske fibule zgodnjelatenske sheme: novoodkriti primerki iz delavnic svetolucijske skupine.

Nanut, T., Arheološki vestnik, 2021. DOI: 10.3986/av.72.03.


Association between umbilical cord vitamin D levels and adverse neonatal outcomes.

Treiber, M., et al., Journal of International Medical Research, 2020. DOI: 10.1177/0300060520955001.

Electrospun Composite Nanofibrous Materials Based on (Poly)-Phenol-Polysaccharide Formulations for Potential Wound Treatment.

Fras Zemljic, L., et al., Materials, 2020. DOI: 10.3390/ma13112631.

Needleless electrospun carboxymethyl cellulose/polyethylene oxide mats with medicinal plant extracts for advanced wound care applications.

Maver, T., et al., Cellulose, 2020. DOI: 10.1007/s10570-020-03079-9. .

Generic Method for Designing Self-Standing and Dual Porous 3D Bioscaffolds from Cellulosic Nanomaterials for Tissue Engineering Applications.

Mohan, T., et al., Acs Applied Bio Materials, 2020. DOI: 10.1021/acsabm.9b01099.

Polysaccharide-Based Bioink Formulation for 3D Bioprinting of an In Vitro Model of the Human Dermis.

Zidaric, T., et al., Nanomaterials, 2020. DOI: 10.3390/nano10040733.

Carboxymethyl cellulose/diclofenac bioactive coatings on AISI 316LVM for controlled drug delivery, and improved osteogenic potential.

Maver, U., et al., Carbohydrate polymers, 2020. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2019.115612.

Endometrial cancer and its cell lines.

Skok, K., et al., Molecular biology reports, 2020. DOI: 10.1007/s11033-019-05226-3.

Optimised isolation and characterisation of adult human astrocytes from neurotrauma patients.

Gradisnik, L., et al., Journal of neuroscience methods, 2020. DOI: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2020.108796.

NiCu-silica nanoparticles as a potential drug delivery system.

Stergar, J., et al., Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, 2020. DOI: 10.1007/s10971-020-05280-5.

In vitro toxicity model: Upgrades to bridge the gap between preclinical and clinical research.

Madorran, E., et al., Bosnian journal of basic medical sciences, 2020. DOI: 10.17305/bjbms.2019.4378.

Isolation, characterisation and phagocytic function of human macrophages from human peripheral blood.

Gradisnik, L., et al., Molecular biology reports, 2020. DOI: 10.1007/s11033-020-05751-6.

Cultured Meat: Meat Industry Hand in Hand with Biomedical Production Methods.

Zidaric, T., et al., Food Engineering Reviews, 2020. DOI: 10.1007/s12393-020-09253-w.

Sol–gel preparation of NixCu1–x/silica nanocomposites using different silica precursors.

Kristl, M., et al., Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, 2020. DOI: 10.1007/s10971-020-05321-z.

Renal proximal tubular epithelial cells: review of isolation, characterization, and culturing techniques.

Mihevc, M., et al., Molecular biology reports, 2020. DOI: 10.1007/s11033-020-05977-4.


Development of multifunctional 3D printed bioscaffolds from polysaccharides and NiCu nanoparticles and their application.

Milojevic, M., et al., Applied Surface Science, 2019. DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2019.05.283.

Chemical Structure-Antioxidant Activity Relationship of Water-Based Enzymatic Polymerized Rutin and Its Wound Healing Potential.

Pivec, T., et al., Polymers, 2019. DOI: 10.3390/polym11101566.

A green approach to obtain stable and hydrophilic cellulose-based electrospun nanofibrous substrates for sustained release of therapeutic molecules.

Kurecic, M., et al., Rsc Advances, 2019. DOI: 10.1039/c9ra03399h.

Functionalisation of Silicone by Drug-Embedded Chitosan Nanoparticles for Potential Applications in Otorhinolaryngology.

Ajdnik, U., et al., Materials, 2019. DOI: 10.3390/ma12060847.

Nano- and Micropatterned Polycaprolactone Cellulose Composite Surfaces with Tunable Protein Adsorption, Fibrin Clot Formation, and Endothelial Cellular Response.

Mohan, T., et al., Biomacromolecules, 2019. DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.9b00304.

Maximizing Interpretability and Cost-Effectiveness of Surgical Site Infection (SSI) Predictive Models Using Feature-Specific Regularized Logistic Regression on Preoperative Temporal Data.

Kocbek, P., et al., Computational and mathematical methods in medicine, 2019. DOI: 10.1155/2019/2059851.

Polysaccharide Thin Solid Films for Analgesic Drug Delivery and Growth of Human Skin Cells.

Maver, T., et al., Front Chem, 2019. DOI: 10.3389/fchem.2019.00217.

Impact of growth factors on wound healing in polysaccharide blend thin films.

Maver, U., et al., Applied Surface Science, 2019. DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2019.06.054.

Systematic Evaluation of a Diclofenac-Loaded Carboxymethyl Cellulose-Based Wound Dressing and Its Release Performance with Changing pH and Temperature.

Maver, T., et al., AAPS PharmSciTech, 2019. DOI: 10.1208/s12249-018-1236-4.

Matrix Tablets for Controlled Release of Drugs Incorporated Using Capillary Absorption.

Maver, U., et al., AAPS PharmSciTech, 2019. DOI: 10.1208/s12249-019-1303-5.

Mechanical Properties and Cytotoxicity of Differently Structured Nanocellulose-hydroxyapatite Based Composites for Bone Regeneration Application.

Ingole, V.H., et al., Nanomaterials, 2019. DOI: 10.3390/nano10010025.

Genetic biases related to chronic venous ulceration.

Stana, J., U. Maver, and U. Potocnik, Journal of Wound Care, 2019. DOI: 10.12968/jowc.2019.28.2.59.

The Potential Biomedical Application of NiCu Magnetic Nanoparticles.

Stergar, J., I. Ban, and U. Maver, Magnetochemistry, 2019. DOI: 10.3390/magnetochemistry5040066.

Intervertebral disc tissue engineering: A brief review.

Stergar, J., et al., Bosnian journal of basic medical sciences, 2019. DOI: 10.17305/bjbms.2019.3778.

Humane celične linije raka dojk.

Takač, I., et al., Slovenian Medical Journal, 2019. DOI: 10.6016/ZdravVestn.2842.

Core/shell Printing Scaffolds For Tissue Engineering Of Tubular Structures.

Milojevic, M., et al., Journal of visualized experiments, 2019. DOI: 10.3791/59951.

A Brief Review of the Degenerative Intervertebral Disc Disease.

Kos, N., L. Gradisnik, and T. Velnar, Medical Archives, 2019. DOI: 10.5455/medarh.2019.73.421-424.

The Importance and Role of Proprioception in the Elderly: a Short Review.

Ferlinc, A., et al., Mater Sociomed, 2019. DOI: 10.5455/msm.2019.31.219-221.

Soft tissue grafts for dural reconstruction after meningioma surgery.

Velnar, T. and L. Gradisnik, Bosnian journal of basic medical sciences, 2019. DOI: 10.17305/bjbms.2019.3949.

Enhancing Effect of 100.414-kHz Electromagnetic Field Produced by Defender's Pulse Generator on the ChIFN gamma-Like Molecule Inducing Capacity of Lens culinaris Agglutinin and 10% PBS Washouts of Different Holocene Minerals.

Filipic, B., et al., Technol Cancer Res Treat, 2019. DOI: 10.1177/1533033818821093.

Phosphoprotein patterns predict trametinib responsiveness and optimal trametinib sensitisation strategies in melanoma.

Rozanc, J., et al., Cell death and differentiation, 2019. DOI: 10.1038/s41418-018-0210-8.

TAK1 suppresses RIPK1-dependent cell death and is associated with disease progression in melanoma.

Podder, B., et al., Cell death and differentiation, 2019. DOI: 10.1038/s41418-019-0315-8.

DPS-2: A Novel Dual MEK/ERK and PI3K/AKT Pathway Inhibitor with Powerful Ex Vivo and In Vivo Anticancer Properties.

Goulielmaki, M., et al., Translational oncology, 2019. DOI: 10.1016/j.tranon.2019.04.005.


Capillary wetting of profiled polyester fibres-a comparison between macroscopic and microscopic analysis.

Glavan, G., et al., Materials Research Express, 2018. DOI: 10.1088/2053-1591/aaa4ec.

A multifunctional electrospun and dual nano-carrier biobased system for simultaneous detection of pH in the wound bed and controlled release of benzocaine.

Kurecic, M., et al., Cellulose, 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s10570-018-2057-z.

Novel electrospun fibers with incorporated commensal bacteria for potential preventive treatment of the diabetic foot.

Kurecic, M., et al., Nanomedicine, 2018. DOI: 10.2217/nnm-2018-0014.

Combining 3D printing and electrospinning for preparation of pain-relieving wound-dressing materials.

Maver, T., et al., Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s10971-018-4630-1.

Multiple-Level Porous Polymer Monoliths with Interconnected Cellular Topology Prepared by Combining Hard Sphere and Emulsion Templating for Use in Bone Tissue Engineering.

Paljevac, M., et al., Macromolecular bioscience, 2018. DOI: 10.1002/mabi.201700306.

A combination of interdisciplinary analytical tools for evaluation of multi-layered coatings on medical grade stainless steel for biomedical applications.

Maver, U., et al., European journal of pharmaceutics and biopharmaceutics, 2018. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpb.2018.05.002.

Chitosan-Cellulose Multifunctional Hydrogel Beads: Design, Characterization and Evaluation of Cytocompatibility with Breast Adenocarcinoma and Osteoblast Cells.

Trivedi, P., et al., Bioengineering, 2018. DOI: 10.3390/bioengineering5010003.

Low-molecular-weight sulfonated chitosan as template for anticoagulant nanoparticles.

Heise, K., et al., International journal of nanomedicine, 2018. DOI: 10.2147/IJN.S172230.

Novel drug delivery system based on NiCu nanoparticles for targeting various cells.

Stergar, J., et al., Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, 2018. DOI: 10.1007/s10971-017-4513-x.

Reusability of SPE and Sb-modified SPE Sensors for Trace Pb(II) Determination.

Finsgar, M., et al., Sensors, 2018. DOI: 10.3390/s18113976.

NiCu magnetic nanoparticles: review of synthesis methods, surface functionalization approaches, and biomedical applications.

Ban, I., J. Stergar, and U. Maver, Nanotechnology Reviews, 2018. DOI: 10.1515/ntrev-2017-0193.

Diagnosis and management of diaper dermatitis in infants with emphasis on skin microbiota in the diaper area.

Sikic Pogacar, M., et al., International journal of dermatology, 2018. DOI: 10.1111/ijd.13748.

Diagnostic outcomes of exome sequencing in patients with syndromic or non-syndromic hearing loss.

Likar, T., et al., PLoS One, 2018. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0188578.

Non-small Lung Cancer Adenocarcinoma Cell Line A549.

Vidic, M., et al., Radiation oncology, 2018. DOI: 10.2478/raon-2018-0014.

Beneficial effects of water-soluble chestnut (Castanea sativa Mill.) tannin extract on chicken small intestinal epithelial cell culture.

Brus, M., et al., Poultry Science, 2018. DOI: 10.3382/ps/pex424.

Tissue Augmentation in Wound Healing: the Role of Endothelial and Epithelial Cells.

Velnar, T. and L. Gradisnik, Medical Archives, 2018. DOI: 10.5455/medarh.2018.72.444-448.

Additive Effects of Water-Soluble Propolis (Greit 120) and Human Interferon Alfa (HuIFN-αN3) against Influenza Viruses in Vitro.

Bratko, F., et al., Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology A, 2018. DOI: 10.17265/2161-6256/2018.01.005.

Post-treatment de-phosphorylation of p53 correlates with dasatinib responsiveness in malignant melanoma.

Skoko, J., et al., BMC cell biology, 2018. DOI: 10.1186/s12860-018-0180-1.

Dissecting RAF Inhibitor Resistance by Structure-based Modeling Reveals Ways to Overcome Oncogenic RAS Signaling.

Rukhlenko, O.S., et al., Cell systems, 2018. DOI: 10.1016/j.cels.2018.06.002.

Development of an Extruder for Open Source 3D Bioprinting.

Banović, L. and B. Vihar, Journal of Open Hardware, 2018. DOI: 10.5334/joh.6.

Freeform Perfusable Microfluidics Embedded in Hydrogel Matrices.

Stumberger, G. and B. Vihar, Materials, 2018. DOI: 10.3390/ma11122529.


Nanofibrous polysaccharide hydroxyapatite composites with biocompatibility against human osteoblasts.

Gasparic, P., et al., Carbohydrate polymers, 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2017.08.111.

Determinants of maternal vitamin D concentrations in Slovenia : A prospective observational study

Dovnik, A., et al., Wien Klin Wochenschr, 2017. DOI: 10.1007/s00508-016-1142-2.

Multilayered Polysaccharide Nanofilms for Controlled Delivery of Pentoxifylline and Possible Treatment of Chronic Venous Ulceration.

Stana, J., et al., Biomacromolecules, 2017. DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.7b00523.

Layering of different materials to achieve optimal conditions for treatment of painful wounds.

Maver, T., et al., International journal of pharmaceutics, 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpharm.2017.07.043.

Internalization of (bis)phosphonate-modified cellulose nanocrystals by human osteoblast cells.

Gorgieva, S., et al., Cellulose, 2017. DOI: 10.1007/s10570-017-1432-5.

Isolation and characterization of human articular chondrocytes from surgical waste after total knee arthroplasty (TKA).

Naranda, J., et al., PeerJ, 2017. DOI: 10.7717/peerj.3079.

Green corrosion inhibitors for aluminium and its alloys: a review.

Xhanari, K., et al., Rsc Advances, 2017. DOI: 10.1039/c7ra03944a.

Novel ethanol-induced pectin-xanthan aerogel coatings for orthopedic applications.

Horvat, G., et al., Carbohydrate polymers, 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2017.03.008.

A Review of the Degenerative Intervertebral Disc Disease.

Velnar, T., et al., British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, 2017. DOI: 10.9734/bjmmr/2017/22925.

Corrosion inhibition and surface analysis of amines on mild steel in chloride medium.

Xhanari, K., et al., Chemical Papers, 2017. DOI: 10.1007/s11696-016-0046-y.

Skin Cancer and Its Treatment: Novel Treatment Approaches with Emphasis on Nanotechnology.

Orthaber, K., et al., Journal of Nanomaterials, 2017. DOI: 10.1155/2017/2606271.

Novel Budesonide Particles for Dry Powder Inhalation Prepared Using a Microfluidic Reactor Coupled With Ultrasonic Spray Freeze Drying.

Saboti, D., et al., Journal of pharmaceutical sciences, 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.xphs.2017.02.035.

Identification of rare genetic variation of NLRP1 gene in familial multiple sclerosis.

Maver, A., et al., Scientific reports, 2017. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-03536-9.

Cytokine production in vitro and in rat model of colitis in response to Lactobacillus plantarum LS/07.

Stofilova, J., et al., Biomedicine & pharmacotherapy, 2017. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopha.2017.07.138.

Examining the In Vitro Efficacy of the IAP Antagonist Birinapant as a Single Agent or in Combination With Dacarbazine to Induce Melanoma Cell Death.

Vetma, V., et al., Oncology research, 2017. DOI: 10.3727/096504017X14897145996933.


Polyester type polyHIPE scaffolds with an interconnected porous structure for cartilage regeneration.

Naranda, J., et al., Scientific reports, 2016. DOI: 10.1038/srep28695.

Electrospun nanofibrous CMC/PEO as a part of an effective pain-relieving wound dressing.

Maver, T., et al., Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, 2016. DOI: 10.1007/s10971-015-3888-9.

Novel chitosan/diclofenac coatings on medical grade stainless steel for hip replacement applications.

Finsgar, M., et al., Scientific reports, 2016. DOI: 10.1038/srep26653.

Recent progressive use of atomic force microscopy in biomedical applications.

Maver, U., et al., Trac-Trends in Analytical Chemistry, 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.trac.2016.03.014.

The corrosion inhibition of certain azoles on steel in chloride media: Electrochemistry and surface analysis.

Finsgar, M., et al., Corrosion Science, 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.corsci.2016.05.028.

Review of aerogel-based materials in biomedical applications.

Stergar, J. and U. Maver, Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, 2016. DOI: 10.1007/s10971-016-3968-5.

Biomaterials and host versus graft response: a short review.

Velnar, T., et al., Bosnian journal of basic medical sciences, 2016. DOI: 10.17305/bjbms.2016.525.

Water Soluble Propolis and Royal Jelly Enhance the Antimicrobial Activity of Honeys and Promote the Growth of Human Macrophage Cell Line.

Bratko, F., et al., Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology B, 2016. DOI: 10.17265/2161-6264/2016.01.005.

Flow cytometry as the new 'gold standard' for detection of free tumour cells in abdominal lavage fluid in gastric cancer patients: A comparative study of molecular and conventional methods.

Jagric, T., et al., Surgical Practice, 2016. DOI: 10.1111/1744-1633.12173.

Single-cell analysis reveals IGF-1 potentiation of inhibition of the TGF-beta/Smad pathway of fibrosis in human keratocytes in vitro.

Sarenac, T., et al., Scientific reports, 2016. DOI: 10.1038/srep34373.

Adaptation to life in aeolian sand: how the sandfish lizard, Scincus scincus, prevents sand particles from entering its lungs.

Stadler, A.T., et al., Journal of Experimental Biology, 2016. DOI: 10.1242/jeb.138107.

Neutral glycans from sandfish skin can reduce friction of polymers.

Vihar, B., F.G. Hanisch, and W. Baumgartner, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 2016. DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2016.0103.

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