Student involvement is a critical component of TERMIS. SYIS provides a platform for the "next generation" of scientists and engineers in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine to interact. SYIS aims to further the professional and scientific development of its members. The TERMIS definition for a Student member is any individual, who is engaged as a full-time graduate or undergraduate, in a university or college program and is actively involved in research in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Young Investigators are defined as persons who are employed by an academic institution in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, who have been awarded their doctoral degree within the past 3 years and who are not holding an appointment as a faculty or academic staff in a university/research institute.
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Lizette Utomo, SYIS-EU Chair
Lizette Utomo was trained as a technical physician the University of Twente, the Netherlands specializing in Reconstructive Medicine. In 2013, she completed her MSc degree focusing on cartilage decellularization for regenerative strategies at the dept of Otorhinolaryngology at the Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Rotterdam, NL in the group of Prof. Gerjo van Osch. She completed her PhD in 2018 at the dept of Orthopaedics of Erasmus MC University Medical Center under Prof. van Osch where she focused on macrophage phenotypes in degenerative joint diseases. As part of her PhD, she also worked at the Galeazzi Orthopaedic Institute in Milan, Italy in the group of dr. Matteo Moretti where she worked with microfluidic systems for osteoarthritis research. From 2018-2021 she worked as a postdoc at the dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery the University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands in the group of dr. Debby Gawlitta where she worked on tissue engineering of the mandibular condyle. As part of the postdoc project, she worked at the AO Research Institute in Davos, Switzerland in the group of Prof. Martin Stoddart. As of August 2020, she joined the Regenerative Orthopedics group headed by Prof. Marianna Tryfonidou at the faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University as senior postdoc and scientific project & research manager, where she is working on local controlled drug delivery for osteoarthritis pain management and contributes to project managing of the H2020 iPSpine project.
Sebastien Callens - SYIS-EU Chair-elect
Sebastien Callens is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the group of Prof. Molly Stevens at Imperial College London, where he works on designing and characterising cell-material interfaces for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. He was awarded a Rubicon Fellowship from the Dutch Research Council to support his work on structured biomaterials for bone tissue engineering. Sebastien has a broad and interdisciplinary engineering background, and is strongly interested in integrating theoretical, computational and experimental techniques to tackle fundamental questions in biology and advance the field of regenerative medicine. His research interests include tissue engineering, biomaterials design, biomechanics, mechanobiology, 3D printing, computational geometry, and quantitative image analysis.
After obtaining his MSc on aerospace structures and materials at Delft University of Technology in 2017, Sebastien pursued a PhD in biomaterials and tissue biomechanics at the same university, under supervision of Prof. Amir A. Zadpoor, which he obtained (cum laude) in May 2021. In 2020, he was a visiting researcher in the Bone Biomechanics Lab of Prof. Ralph Müller at ETH Zurich, supported by an IDEA League exchange grant. Over the course of his PhD, Sebastien has developed a strong passion for science communication, which led him to participate in various pitching competitions, organize workshops for children, and disseminate his science to wide audiences on various occasions and across different platforms.
Pedro Diaz Payno - SYIS-EU Secretary
Pedro J. Díaz Payno is the current Secretary of the SYIS section in the TermisEU chapter.
Pedro holds a PhD in Bioengineering from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. His PhD thesis, supervised by Prof. Daniel J. Kelly, was focused on the use of tissue-specific ECM derived materials for osteochondral tissue engineering. Currently, Pedro is enrolled as postdoctoral researcher in the RegMed4D project of the Medical Delta consortium in the groups of Prof. Gerjo Van Osh (ErasmusMC) and Prof. Amir Zadpoor (TUDelft) in the Netherlands. The work is focused on the development of 4D Bioprinting technology for tissue engineering.
Pedro received his MSc in Biotechnology from Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (Spain) and BSc from Athlone Institute of Technology (Ireland). He did his undergraduate projects in Bioinformatics at the National Oncology Research Centre (Spain) and in the Proteomic department at Fundación Jiménez Díaz Hospital (Spain). He also received a MSc. by Research in Trinity College Dublin (Ireland).
Pedro was Head student rep of the Engineering School at Trinity College Dublin from 2015-2018 and a strong advocate of student rights. He also participated in several science outreach activities for the promotion of @med3dp and @ayudame3D, initiatives to 3D print medical-related devices for people in developing countries.
William Arthur Lackington - SYIS-EU Treasurer
William is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the AO Research Institute, headed by Prof. Geoff Richards. His work focuses on investigating the therapeutic potential to enhance fracture healing by modulation of the immune response. Previously, William graduated with a BSc in Genetics and Cell Biology from Dublin City University, in Ireland (2013). His interest in tissue engineering strategies to address clinical problems led him to obtain a Government of Ireland Postgraduate Fellowship and pursue a PhD in Prof. Fergal O'Brien's laboratory at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, completing it in 2017. His PhD focused on the development of advanced therapies for peripheral nerve repair, combining the excellent biocompatibility and regenerative capacity of collagen-based scaffolds, with the versatility of using these scaffolds as platforms for the local administration of therapeutic growth factors and genes. He has authored manuscripts in leading journals in the field, including Acta Biomaterialia, Journal of Controlled Release, Advanced Healthcare Materials, and ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering, and has presented his research at both national and international conferences. In 2017, William was appointed Assistant Lecturer in Physiology and Medicinal Physics at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, while also carrying out postdoctoral research under the mentorship of Prof. Fergal O'Brien. He has successfully trained and co-supervised medical, bachelor and master students from the National University of Ireland Galway, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin Institute of Technology, the University of Groningen, and at the AO Research Institute. William is currently a member of the Swiss Bone and Mineral Society, the Irish Society for Immunology, and the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society (TERMIS). He is also a member of the Editorial Committee in TERMIS.
Gabriele Nasello - SYIS-EU Council Member
Gabriele Nasello is a postdoctoral researcher at the Skeletal Biology and Engineering Research Center of KU Leuven (Belgium), in the research group of Prof. Liesbet Geris. Here, he is characterizing the immune response to the implantation of tissue engineered bone grafts, with a specific focus on biomaterials and bioinformatics.
Gabriele is experienced in multidisciplinary and international research environments based in Europe and in the United States of America. He earnt a joint PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) and KU Leuven. He was an early-stage researcher of a MSCA-ITN project, during which he worked at Materialise company (Belgium), the National University of Ireland Galway (Ireland) and The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (England). Before his PhD, he joined twice the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine (USA) as a visiting researcher on tissue engineering.
Gabriele is a huge supporter of open science and he is committed to make his scientific research freely accessible to colleagues and peers.
Julia Fernández-Pérez - Communications Officer (Communications & Outreach Committee)
Julia Fernández-Pérez is a Postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Lorenzo Moroni’s lab at MERLN in Maastricht (The Netherlands). Her current project is focused on the development of scaffolds for coronary artery regeneration fabricated via additive manufacturing and angiogenic hydrogels.
She received a BSc in Human Biology from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona (Spain). She did her undergraduate research project at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) at Prof. Elisabeth Engel’s lab. She graduated from the Technical University of Dresden (Germany) where she obtained her MSc in Molecular Bioengineering. Her master thesis was undertaken at the Max Bergmann Center of Biomaterials Dresden, under the supervision of Dr. Laura J Bray and Prof. Carsten Werner. She completed her PhD at the Trinity Center for Biomedical Engineering in Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) on the development of alternatives to traditional corneal transplantation using tissue engineering approaches, focusing on the use of decellularized matrices, under the supervision of Prof. Mark Ahearne.
She has taken part in several science outreach activities for the promotion of science among children. An examples of this is the Transition Year Programme “Exploring Materials” organized by AMBER (Advanced Materials and BioEngineering Research) targeted at 16-17 year old students before they start their two last years of high school. She has also volunteered with the Native Scientist initiative, which aims to tackle educational disadvantage and promote diversity by connecting migrant pupils and scientists.
Gianluca Cidonio - Communications Officer (Communications & Outreach Committee)
Gianluca is a PostDoctoral Researcher at the Center for Life Nano Science (CLNS) part of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT).
Gianluca graduated with honors in Biomedical Engineering from the Sapienza University of Rome (Italy). Before graduation he won a Global Exchange Fellowship to study at Temple University (Philadelphia, USA) where he worked at Suh lab on self-assembling peptides. He completed his PhD in Tissue Engineering working with Dr Jon Dawson and Prof Richard Oreffo at the University of Southampton (UK). In 2018 Gianluca won an EPSRC DP Fellowship to work on the biofabrication of bone substitutes. Gianluca is now working on novel microfluidic biofabrication approaches at IIT for the fabrication of complex tissue implants and models.
Zuzana Koci - Strategic Alliance Committee
Zuzana is fascinated by the regenerative capacity of the nerve tissue. Currently, Zuzana is a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at the Tissue Engineering Research Group in the Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland – University of Medicine and Health, Dublin, Ireland. Here, she works with Prof Fergal O’Brien on advanced biomaterials for peripheral nerve repair. Following a degree in Pharmacy, she obtained her PhD in Neuroscience and later also a doctoral degree in Biochemisty from the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Zuzana has published 18 journal articles in peer-reviewed international journals and is a leading author of one invention disclosure. Her innovative thinking was recognized by the most recent 2021 CEO Innovation Award.
Lisanne Laagland - Strategic Alliance Committee
Lisanne Laagland, DVM, is currently a PhD student at the department of Clinical Sciences at the Utrecht University, The Netherlands in the group of Prof. Dr. Marianna Tryfonidou. Here she’s working on the iPSpine project which aims at developing an advanced therapy for intervertebral disc regeneration by using induced Pluripotent Stem Cell technology combined with smart biomaterials. Her main role in this project is optimizing the differentiation process of the induced Pluripotent Stem Cells into healthy intervertebral disc cells.
Prior to starting her PhD, she obtained her veterinary degree in 2019 Cum Laude (UU, the Netherlands). During her veterinary study she successfully completed the Master Honours Programme, which was also focused on intervertebral disc regeneration, resulting in receiving her Veterinary Research Diploma in 2016 (UU, the Netherlands). With her background in Veterinary Medicine, she aims to contribute to the ‘One Medicine’ concept whereby human and animal healthcare advance hand in hand to ensure that humans and animals benefit from equal and sustainable medical progress.
Arianna Ferrini, Leaving SYIS-EU Chair and Advisor
Arianna Ferrini is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health in London, UK, where she studies disease modelling of childhood neurological disorders combining genetic and tissue engineering approaches. She holds a PhD in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering from Imperial College London (2019). Her PhD research was carried out between the British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence at Imperial College London, UK, and The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, USA, in the groups of Professors Molly Stevens and Nadia Rosenthal. Prior to her PhD studies, she earned a BSc in Biotechnology, followed by a MSc in Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, both from the University of Florence (Italy). During and after her master studies, she participated in European mobility programs (Erasmus and Leonardo Da Vinci, respectively), which gave her the chance to be trained at Queen Mary University of London and the Babraham Institute in Cambridge and made her realize how much she enjoys collaborative research and a dynamic and international working environment. She is particularly passionate about disseminating her research and actively participates in several public engagement and science outreach activities. She is part of an association called Native Scientist, aimed at empowering immigrant communities through science while promoting STEM learning and careers. Together with her team, she was an event coordinator for the 2018 edition of Pint of Science, the biggest science outreach festival worldwide and has been and Outreach Postgraduate Ambassador for Imperial College for several years. She recently took on the role of Director of Communications for the Association of Italian Scientists in the UK. Outside the lab, she is a self-described mediocre ukulele player, an avid photographer and a writer; her first poetry collection was published a couple of years ago and she truly believes that science and poetry are more intertwined than most think. (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ariannaferrini/)
Dilip Thomas - Past SYIS Chair
Raquel Almeida - Communications & Outreach Committee
Martina Crippa - Strategic Alliance Committee
Filippo Cipriani - SYIS-EU Advisor (www.linkedin.com/in/ciprianifilippo)
SYIS Poster Winners
RSC Biomaterials Science Winners
RSC Journal of Materials Chemistry Part B Winners
Debate Winning Team
James Britton, Meletios Nikolaos Doulgkeroglou, Emily Growney Kalaf
Rapid Fire Presentations
Poster Presentations (Sponsored by ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering)
Winning Debate Team
Daniela Pacheco , Filippo Cipriani & Sebastião van Uden FOR the motion Will 3D-Printing or Decellularised organs rescue the donor-based organ scarcity for transplantation?