Student and Young Investigator Section (SYIS)

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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TERMIS-SYIS EU Council Members

Arianna Ferrini, SYIS-EU Chair
(https://www.linkedin.com/in/ariannaferrini/) 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.


Lizette Utomo, SYIS-EU Chair-Elect
Lizette Utomo is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands in the group of Associate Prof. Debby Gawlitta. Here’s she’s focusing on temporomandibular joint regeneration and is collaborating with Prof. Jos Malda (UMC Utrecht, NL) and Prof. Martin Stoddart (AO Research Institute, Davos, Switzerland). 

She was initially trained as a technical physician and obtained her master’s degree in 2013 in Technical Medicine at the University of Twente, the Netherlands, specializing in regenerative medicine and cartilage tissue engineering. In 2014, she started her PhD with Prof. van Osch at the orthopaedic research department of the Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. During this period, she successfully applied for a personal grant from the AnnaFonds|NOREF that allowed her to work with dr. Matteo Moretti and dr. Silvia Lopa at the Galeazzi Orthopaedic Institute in Milan, Italy where she fabricated and used microfluidic devices for osteoarthritis research. She received her PhD in 2018 that was focused on macrophage phenotypes during degenerative joint diseases. She previously won the prize for best oral presentation at TERMIS-EU 2016 in Uppsala, Sweden and organized the “Cartilage & Bone” symposium at the TERMIS-EU 2019 meeting in Rhodes, Greece. She is also currently an active board member of the Netherlands Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (NBTE).


Filippo Cipriani - SYIS-EU Advisor

Filippo Cipriani, PhD, (www.linkedin.com/in/ciprianifilippo) is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at The New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute (NYSCF; www.nyscf.org) working on the Diabetes team, which is overseen by Dr. Bjarki Johannesson. The team’s research focuses on developing robust models of diabetes using beta cell organoids derived from patient induced pluripotent stem cells. He recently received a NYSCF – Druckenmiller Fellowship Award, which supports talented young postdoctoral scientists at critical junctures in their careers in the pursuit of innovative and groundbreaking stem cell research.
In 2019, Dr. Cipriani completed his PhD in Biomedical Research at the University of Valladolid (Spain) in the advanced biomaterials laboratory of Prof. Jose Carlos Rodríguez Cabello, at his spinout company Technical Protein Nano-biotechnology (www.tpnbt.com). His doctoral work was supported by Marie Curie Actions and focused on developing recombinant protein based on elastin for regenerative medicine and tissue engineering applications. During his doctoral studies, Filippo collaborated with several universities and partner institutions such as Austrian Institute of Technology (Austria), LifeTec Group and PepScan (the Netherlands).
Prior to his PhD, he was a Marie Curie Fellow working as Associate Researcher in the field of microfluidics and microsensors in the IMSAS Group at the University of Bremen, Germany, under the direction of Prof. Michiel Vellekoop (www.imsas.uni-bremen.de). He completed his Bachelor degree in Environmental and Industrial Biotechnology in 2010 at the Faculty of Science of the University of Florence, Italy, followed by a Master degree in Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology at the Faculty of Science of the University of Pisa, Italy.


Pedro Diaz Payno - SYIS-EU Secretary 

Pedro J. Díaz Payno holds a PhD in Bioengineering from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. His PhD thesis, supervised by Prof. Daniel J. Kelly, is 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.

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.


Communications & Outreach Committee

Julia Fernandez-Perez

Julia Fernández-Pérez is a PhD student at the Trinity Center for Biomedical Engineering in Trinity College Dublin (Ireland). She is currently developing alternatives to traditional corneal transplantation using tissue engineering approaches, focusing on the use of decellularized matrices, under the supervision of Prof. Mark Ahearne. She will be starting soon as a Postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Lorenzo Moroni’s lab at MERLN in Maastricht (The Netherlands). Her project will be part of the RegMedXB consortium focussing on (cardio)vascular tissue engineering.
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 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

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.


Strategic Alliance Committee

Martina Crippa

Martina Crippa received her Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy in 2017. During her Master Thesis she got really into the field of microfluidics, focusing on the development of 3D microfluidic devices for the study of breast cancer cell extravasation. Then she worked as a postgraduate researcher at the Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab (IRCCS Galeazzi Orthopedic Institute, Milan, Italy) carrying on the work developed during the Master Thesis. Thanks to the interest developed for the study in this field, from February 2018, she is a PhD student in Bioengineering at Politecnico di Milano, doing her activity at Regenerative Medicine Technologies Laboratory (Unità di Ortopedia e Traumatologia, Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale, Lugano, Switzerland). Her research activity is now focused on the development and exploitation of 3D microfluidic models for the study of micro-vessels development and tumor interaction in specific muscoloskeletal microenvironments.



Zuzana Koci

Zuzana is a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow in the Tissue Engineering Research Group at Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) in Dublin, Ireland. Originally, she comes from Slovakia – a small country with high mountains. Zuzana obtained Master‘s degree in Pharmacy from the Charles University in Prague, the Czech republic, where she also carried out a PhD in Neuroscience (at both the Charles University and the Institute of Experimental Medicine, Czech Academy of Sciences). During her PhD project,  when she was studying the use of mesenchymal stromal cells and extracellular matrix derived hydrogels for spinal cord injury, she became fascinated with nerve regeneration. Therefore, for her postdoctoral research she decided to move to Dublin and join Prof. Fergal O’Brien’s group where she is developing an advanced biomaterial for peripheral nerve repair in partnership with collaborators at Trinity College Dublin and an industry partner (Integra LifeSciences).


Past Council Members

Dilip Thomas - Past SYIS Chair

Raquel Almeida - Communications & Outreach Committee


2019 TERMIS-EU Award Recipients

SYIS Podium Winners

  • 1st Mireia Hoyos-Nogués
  • 2nd Vianney Delplace  

SYIS Poster Winners

  • 1st Andrea Schwab
  • 2nd Daniela Frauchiger

RSC Biomaterials Science Winners

  • Podium
    • 1st Alexandre Trotier
    • 2nd Qasim Majid
    • 3rd Daniella Duarte Campos 
  • Poster
    • 1st  Ana Cartaxo
    • 2nd Pascal Gervois
    • 3rd Camille Marijon

RSC Journal of Materials Chemistry Part B Winners

  • Podium
    • 1st Mariana Carranca
    • 2nd Alessandro Torchio
    • 3rd Michele Carrabba
  • Poster
    • 1st Marisa Assunção 
    • 2nd Raphael Canadas
    • 3rd Maria Markou 

Debate Winning Team

James Britton, Meletios Nikolaos Doulgkeroglou, Emily Growney Kalaf


Podium Presentations (Sponsored by IOP Publishing)

  1. Irene Mencia Castano- Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
    MicroRNA therapeutics for improved bone repair: Effective collagen nanohydroxyapatite scaffold mediated delivery to mesenchymal stem cells and rat calvarial defects
  2. Angela Lemke -  Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Experimental and Clinical Traumatology, Vienna Austria
    Implantation of human amniotic membrane ameliorates recurring perineural adhesions and intraneural scarring in a rat sciatic nerve fibrosis model
  3. Tatjana Flora - Universidad de Valladolid Valladolid, Spain
    Elastin like recombinamers based hydrogel designed to support angiogenesis through a combination of cell adhesion cell induced biodegradation and remodelling

Rapid Fire Presentations

  1. Clara Louise Hedegaard – Imperial College London (1st Prize Sponsored by BioInterfaces Journal)
    Combining self-assembly of hierarchical synthetic extracellular matrices with microscale control of bioprinting
  2. Christian H. Bucher - Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Sponsored by eCM Journal)
    The bone healing process benefits from a naïve immune cell milieu - a humanized mouse model study
  3. Dharaminder Singh - ‎University of Sheffield (Sponsored by eCM Journal)
    In vitro, ex vivo and in vivo analysis of novel 3D printed PGSm nerve guidance conduits for peripheral nerve repair

Poster Presentations (Sponsored by ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering)

  1. Abdolrahman Omidinia-Anarkoli - DWI leibniz institute for interactive materials,Germany
    A minimal invasive injectable hybrid hydrogel that provides linear support for oriented nerve growth
  2. Didem Mumcuoglu -  Erasmus MC, Rotterdam
    Development of injectable BMP-2 delivery materials using collagen-I based recombinant peptide microspheres
  3. Naruki Kimurae – Japan
    Development of injectable BMP-2 delivery materials using collagen-I based recombinant peptide microspheres

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?