Clinical Lecturer
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Zita is an Academic Clinical Lecturer in the Reconstructive Surgery & Regenerative Medicine Research Group at Swansea University and Registrar at the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, part of the Welsh Clinical Academic Track (WCAT) scheme. Zita studied medicine at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge and commenced research during her Master of Arts degree in Pharmacology. She has held teaching positions as a Cambridge University Supervisor for medical undergraduates, an Anatomy Demonstrator at Imperial College London and is a Royal College of Surgeons WIMAT (The Welsh Institute for Minimal Access Therapy) Basic Surgical Skills Tutor.

Zita’s research, focusing on combining regenerative medicine strategies to tissue engineer cartilage for facial reconstruction, was initially supported by the Royal College of Surgeons Research Fellowship. The Royal College of Surgeons Norman Capener Travelling Fellowship allowed Zita to undertake training in a variety of 3D bioprinting techniques at Utrecht University and she was awarded the prestigious MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship in 2015 allowing her to build on this work as part of a doctorate degree. Zita is a member of the editorial boards of Bioprinting and 3D Printing in Medicine and is the welsh representative on the Reconstructive Surgical Trials Network. 

Areas of Expertise

  • Tissue engineering
  • 3D bioprinting
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Surgical education


  1. Jessop, Z., Zhang, Y., Simoes, I., Al-Sabah, A., Badiei, N., Gazze, S., Francis, L., Whitaker, I. Morphological and biomechanical characterization of immature and mature nasoseptal cartilage Scientific Reports 9 1
  2. Jessop, Z., Gao, N., Manivannan, S., Al-Sabah, A., Whitaker, I., Whitaker, I., Jessop, Z. 3D bioprinting cartilage (Ed.), 3D Bioprinting for Reconstructive Surgery 277 304 Woodhead Publishing
  3. Combellack, E., Jessop, Z., Whitaker, I., Jessop, Z. The commercial 3D bioprinting industry (Ed.), 3D Bioprinting for Reconstructive Surgery 413 421 Woodhead Publishing
  4. Jessop, Z., Thomas, D., Whitaker, I., Whitaker, I., Jessop, Z. Introduction: Inception, evolution and future of 3D bioprinting (Ed.), 3D Bioprinting for Reconstructive Surgery 1 4 Woodhead Publishing
  5. Jovic, T., Jessop, Z., Al-Sabah, A., Whitaker, I., Whitaker, I., Jessop, Z. The clinical need for 3D printed tissue in reconstructive surgery (Ed.), 3D Bioprinting for Reconstructive Surgery 235 244 Woodhead Publishing

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