Līga Bērziņa-Cimdiņa. CURRICULUM VITAE

Name, Surname:                   Līga Bērziņa-Cimdiņa
Date of birth:                         March 18, 1951
Scientific degree:                   Doctoral Degree in Engineering Sciences (Dr.sc.ing.)
Academic level:                      Leading researcher, professor
e-mail:                                     liga.berzina-cimdina[at]rtu.lv
 

Language skills:                    

Latvian– mother tongue
Russian – fluently
German – fluently
English – conversational

Education: 

1979. – 1983. Studies in Riga Polytechnic Institute (RPI) - Doctoral programme of Technology of Silicate and High Temperature Non-metal Materials.
1974. Qualification of Chemical Engineering (Speciality of Ceramic and Refactory Materials).
1969. – 1974. Studies in RPI Faculty of Chemistry - Department of Silicate Technology.

Education abroad:               

  • 2003 (1 Month)  NATO seminar- workshop „Learn from Nature How to design new implantable Biomaterials“, Alvora, Portugal.
  • 2005-2006 Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, EK 6. project Marie Curie „Tehnology of Inovative Lithograph” framework, Jena, Germany.

Working experience:           

since 2010 Head of Institute of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry, RTU
since 2009 Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry RTU
2006-2013  Head of Riga Biomaterials Innovation and Development Centre, RTU
2006-2011 Head of Biomaterials R&D Laboratory, Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry, RTU
2006-2010  Head of Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry, RTU
2006-2009 Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry, RTU
2006-2009 Associate Professor, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomechanics, Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry, RTU
2003-2006 Docent, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomechanics, Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry, RTU
1995-2006 Leading researcher, Biomaterials R&D Laboratory, Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry, RTU
1989-1995 Leading researcher, Department of Silicate Technology, Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry RTU
1972-1989 Researcher, Department of Silicate Technology, Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry RTU

Patent applications: see ICGE Patents

Experience in project governance, performance:

  1. ERA-NET MATERA cooperation project with Polish Academy of Science, W27  „Sonochemical technology for bioactive bone regeneration scaffold production” (2011-2014)
  2. ERA-NET MATERA, W1711, „Tough, Strong and Resordable Orthopaedic Implants”, (2014-2015)
  3. ESF action 1.1.1.2. project “Involvement of new scientist group for synergistic investigation to development of nanostructured composite materials for bone tissue regeneration“, No.2013/0007/1DP/1.1.1.2.0/13/APIA/VIAA/024., (2013-2014)
  4. ESF action 1.1.1.2 project „Young Scholar Group’s Multidisciplinary Research for Biomaterial Technology Development”, Agreement No. 2009/0199/1DP/1.1.1.2.0/09/APIA/VIAA/090, (2009-2012)
  5. ESF action 1.1.1.2. project agreement No 2009/0201/1DP/1.1.1.2.0/09/APIA/VIAA/128 „Orginizing Latvia Inter – University Scientific Group in Systems Biology”, Agreement No RTU 01000-08/2009/24a, (2009-2012)
  6. ERAF action 2.1.1.1 project „Development of Innovative Water Processing Technologies Using Nano-structured Ceramics”, Agreement No 2010/0257/2DP/2.1.1.1.0/10/APIA/VIAA/012, (2010-2013)
  7. Baltic-German University Liaison Office project „Evaluation of Various Research methods of Comprehensive Biomaterial Description” (2011).
  8. Baltic-German University Liaison Office project with Friedrich Schiller University of Jena „Development of Uniform Method for Biomaterial in vitro Description”, (2010).
  9. FP7 –PEOPLE-2011-NIGHT: Researcher’s Night (2011)
  10. FP7 -PEOPLE - Fun2Night: Researcher’s Night (2010)
  11. FP7- PEOPLE - Research Fun: Researcher’s Night (2009)

Grants and scholarships:

In 2013 – Riga Technical University (RTU) Diploma for High Results of Research and Innovation.
In 2012 – RTU Scientist of Year 2012.
In 2012 – RTU Honorary Diploma.
In 2011 – RTU Honorary Diploma.

Academical work (data since 2009):

Lectures courses: „Introduction to Chemical Engineering”, „Chemical reaction engineering”, „Functional usage of biomaterials”, „Technology of implants formation”, „Interactions of materials with biological environment”, „Interaction between material and biological systems”, „Nanotechnologies for biomaterials”, „Drug delivery systems and nanomedicine”, „Biological harmony and bioactivity of materials”, „Bioceramics”, „Biomaterials”, „Implant coatings and technology”, „Tests of biomaterials in vivo”, „Elements microanalysis of solids”, „Materials science”, „Basis of biomaterial technology”, „Bioceramics and technology”, „Human anatomy and the structure of biological tissue”, „Teaching assistant practice in specialty”, „Specialized research seminars”, „Theoretical aspects of materials technology”, „Methods of materials investigations”, „Microanalyses methods of materials”, „Interaction of materials and environment”, „Research work”.

Supervision of Doctoral thesis:

  1. Agnese Pūra „Synthesis and research of properties of titanium oxide containing ceramics”, defended in 2013.
  2. Līga Stīpniece „Studies of structural stability of hydroxyapatite”, (started in 2012).
  3. Agnese Stunda-Zujeva „ Research of phase structure of crystalline materials”, defended in 2012.
  4. Zilgma Irbe „Influence of composition of α-tricalcium phosphate based bone cement strucure and properties”, defended in 2012.
  5. Kristīne Šalma-Ancāne „Influence of calcium phosphate synthesis parameters on properties of bioceramics”, defended in 2011.
  6. Rita Seržāne „Impact of pore forming agents on structure and qualities of bioceramic materials”, defended in 2011.
  7. Supervision of Doctoral thesis: Dagnija Loča „Methods for encapsulating water-soluble hydrozinium betaine and properties of the obtained products”, defended in 2009.
  8. Supervision of Doctoral thesis: Jānis Ločs „Producing of porous silicon carbide ceramics on the basis of pine wood”, defended in 2009.

Supervision of students thesis:

  1.  Master thesis: Santa Rabkēviča „Sutability of 8N glass for dental restoration”, defended in 2012.
  2. Master thesis: Liene Plūduma „Influence of thermal processing on the structure of hydroxyapatite”, defended in 2011.
  3. Master thesis: Diāna Kozlova „Synthesis and properties of calcium phosphate nanoparticles doped with silver”, defended in 2010.
  4. Master thesis: Jeļena Tarčinska „The influence of temperature on microstructure of ceramics containing titanium dioxide”, defended in 2009.

Other activities:

Since 2006 -  Member of Senate of the Riga Technical University.
Since 2005 - Expert of the Latvian Academy of Sciences.
Since 2000 - Member of the Europen Society of Biomaterials.
Since 1996 - Editorial member of the ECerS journal “Journl of the European Ceramic Society”.
Since 1995 - Member of the Europen Ceramic Society.
Since 1994 -  Member of the Latvian Materials Research Society, Head of Biomaterials Section.
Since 1991 -  Member of the Latvian Scientists Union.

Monographs and books:

  1. D.Loca, A.Dubnika, V.Zalite, J.Locs, L.Berzina-Cimdina. Porous hydroxyapatite for drug delivery. Chapter content already submitted in the „Hydroxyapatite (HAp) for biomedical applications” (Edited by: Professor Michael Mucalo, University of Waikato, New Zealand, Woodhead publishing).
  2. L.Berzina-Cimdina, N.Borodajenko. Research of calcium phosphates using Fourier transform tnfrared tpectroscopy. Infrared Spectroscopy Materials Science, Engineering and Technology, Edited by Theophile Theophanides, 2012, Croatia, pp. 123-149.
  3. L.Berzina-Cimdina, J.Ozolins, J.Locs. Work with scanning electron microscope. Riga Tehnical University, Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2009, (Computer printout, 48 p.).
  4. J.Ozolins, L.Berzina-Cimdina, V.Lakevics. Laboratory work: Mass exchange processes and equipment. Riga Tehnical University, Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2009, (Computer printout, 38 p.).
  5. J.Ozolins, L.Berzina-Cimdina, V.Lakevics. Mass exchange processes and equipment: Lecture notes. Riga Tehnical University, Faculty of Material Science and Applied Chemistry, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2009, (Computer printout, 127 p.).

 Publications and scientific papers (since 2012):

1. J.Locs, V.Zalite, L.Berzina-Cimdina, M.Sokolova. Ammonium hydrogen carbonate provided viscous slurry foaming - a novel technology for the preparation of porous ceramics. Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 2013, Vol.33, Iss.15–16, pp. 3437-3443.

2. T.F.Keller, J.Reichert, T.Pham Thanh, R.Adjiski, L.Spiess, L.Berzina-Cimdina, K.D.Jandt, J.Bossert. Facets of protein assembly on nanostructured titanium oxide surfaces. Acta Biomaterialia, 2013, Vol.9, Iss.3, pp. 5810-5820.

3. A.Dubnika, D.Loca, A.Reinis, M.Kodols, L.Berzina-Cimdina. Impact of sintering temperature on the phase composition and antibacterial properties of silver doped hydroxyapatite. Pure and Applied Chemistry, 2013, Vol.85, No.2, pp. 453-462.

4. I.Dusenkova, V.Stepanova, J.Vecstaudza, V.Lakevics, J.Malers, L.Berzina-Cimdina. Rheological properties of Latvian illite clays. Acta Geodynamica et Geomaterialia, 2013, Vol.10, No.4, pp. 449-454

5. Z.Irbe, D.Loca, D.Vempere, L.Berzina-Cimdina. Controlled release of local anesthetic from calcium phosphate bone cements. Materials Science and Engineering C, 2012, Vol.32, pp. 1690-1694.

6. A.Pura, K.Rubenis, D.Stepanovs, L.Berzina-Cimdina, J.Ozolins. Semiconducting properties of nonstoichiometric TiO2-x  ceramics. Processing and Application of Ceramics, 2012, Vol.6(2), pp. 91-95.

7. V.Zalite, J.Locs, D.Vempere, L.Berzina-Cimdina. The effect of pore forming agent particle size on the porosity, microstructure and in vitro studies of hydroxyapatite ceramics. Key Engineering Materials, 2012, Vol. 493-494, pp. 277-280.   

8. A.Stunda-Zujeva, G.Krieke, D.Jakovlevs, L.Berzina-Cimdina. Crystallization and Mictrostructure of Na2O-CaO-Nb2O5-P2O5 Glasses. Physics and Chemistry of Glasses, European Journal of Glass Science and Technology B, 2012, Vol. 53, No.3, pp. 93-98.