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
Arianna is currently a PhD candidate at Imperial College London (UK). She earned a BSc in Biotechnology in 2010, followed by a MSc in Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology in 2012, 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. While in Cambridge, she became fascinated with the heart, this tireless organ of vital importance and startling fragility. It was with great enthusiasm that in 2014 she enrolled in the PhD programme of the British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence at Imperial College London, where she is now a final year student under the supervision of Professor Molly Stevens and Professor Nadia Rosenthal. Her research interest lies in the combination of biomaterials and stem cells for cardiac regeneration and how two different disciplines such as biology and engineering can come together to mend a broken heart. She is particularly passionate about disseminating her research and actively participates in several public engagement and science outreach activities. For example, 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 (www.pintofscience.com/about), and this role involved the organisation, from speakers’ recruitment to budgeting, of three nights in London with a total of 500 attendees. She was awarded several travel grants to attend meetings and best presentation awards in national and international conferences as a testament to her great communication skills. During her PhD, she spent a training period at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine (USA), after securing independent funding for it. 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