TERMIS-SYIS EU

 

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

Dilip Thomas - SYIS-EU Chair
Dilip Thomas is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Wu Lab at the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute. His current interest in the development of in vitro models for cardiac disease modelling and high-throughput drug testing. Dilip received his bachelor's degree in Biotechnology from University of Mumbai and Master's in Biochemical Engineering from University College London. Dilip completed his PhD in Regenerative Medicine under the guidance of Prof. Abhay Pandit and Prof. Timothy O'Brien at the Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM), National University of Ireland Galway. 
Dilip's doctoral research was in the development of microgel-based cell delivery platform for cardiovascular diseases, with focus on Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI). 
He has authored several first and co-authored publications with leading journals in the field https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=slPyUeEAAAAJ&hl=en such as Biomaterials, Advanced Materials, Nature Biomedical Engineering, Tissue Engineering and Advanced Healthcare Materials. He has also contributed two book chapters on cell encapsulation for angiogenesis, bone and cartilage repair. He has won several national and international awards and presented at numerous prestigious Tier 1 international conferences including the Gordon Research Conference on Signal Transduction in Engineered Extracellular Matrices, the 17th American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy, the 25th European Conference on Biomaterials, the 3rd Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) World Congress, the 9th and 10th World Biomaterials Congress. He also acted as the co-chair at several meetings under the Student and Young Investigator Section (SYIS) and Young Scientific Forum (YSF) at Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) and European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) conferences. He was also a Member of the Host Organising Committee for the European Society for Biomaterials Conference in 2011- EU Meeting. 

 

Filippo Cipriani - SYIS-EU Chair-Elect
Filippo Cipriani (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ciprianifilippo/) is currently enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Valladolid (Spain) in the advanced biomaterials laboratory of Prof. Jose Carlos Rodríguez Cabello at the Spin-off company Technical Protein Nano-biotechnology (http://www.tpnbt.com). His doctorade programme is supported by Marie Curie Actions and focusses on the development of recombinant protein based on elastin for regenerative medicine and Tissue Engineering applications. During the course of his doctoral studies and PhD research he has been involved in advanced biomaterials projects for the design and characterization of elastin-like recombinamers for cartilage regeneration and vascularization in collaboration with partner institutions such as LifeTec Group and PepScan (the Netherlands). Previously, he was a Marie Curie Fellow working as Associate Researcher in the field of Microfluidics and Micro-sensors in the IMSAS Group at the University of Bremen (Germany) under the direction of Prof. Michiel Vellekoop (http://www.imsas.uni-bremen.de). He concluded his Bachelor degree in Environmental and Industrial Biotechnology in 2010 at the Faculty of Science of the University of Florence, Italy. Two years later he got a Master degree in Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology at the Faculty of Science of the University of Pisa, Italy. Prior to his PhD, Filippo Cipriani has been part of the Organization Committee of “Science at school” in Prato (Italy), organizing science workshops aimed at sharing the passion for biotechnology with young and enthusiastic students; and he also co-founded a non-profit association, “I Giullari“ (www.giullari.org). Throughout his studies he has authored several papers in peer-reviewed journals (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Filippo_Cipriani) and presented his work at national and international conferences. He also won the SYIS Debate Competition for 3D printing motion at TERMIS-EU 2017 in Davos (Switzerland) and the Best Social Outreach award at FIRM-2017 Conference in Girona (Spain).

 

Michael Monaghan - SYIS-EU Past Chair
Michael Monaghan (http://ie.linkedin.com/pub/michael-monaghan/27/7b0/53a) is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Research Institute for Women's Health in Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany. Previously he was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow performing research in the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology in Stuttgart Germany under the direction of Prof. Katja Schenke-Layland (http://www.schenke-layland-lab.com/). His work focuses on high-throughput reprogramming of stem cells towards cardiomyogenic lineages using interfering RNA towards cardiomyogenic lineages and regenerating cardiac function using injectable scaffolds combined with gene delivery. He completed his PhD in 2013 under the supervision of Prof. Abhay Pandit in the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials (www.nfb.ie/ ); a Strategic Research Cluster which conducts research in collaboration with local industry. His PhD focused on the development of crosslinked collagen based injectable hydrogels and the use of hydrogels as delivery platforms of interfering RNA, with investigation in vitro and in pre-clinical models. Throughout his doctoral studies, he attracted external funding such as travel grants from the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO), and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), and contributed towards 7th Framework EU Projects. He has trained and co-supervised Masters and Bachelors students and delivered lectures to Masters and Bachelors students in the fields of Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. Prior to his PhD, Michael Monaghan was a research engineering in a private start-up company where his role was the synthesis and in vitro evaluation of blood-contacting biomaterials. He has authored manuscripts in leading journals in the field (http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=X1mgIbEAAAAJ) and has presented his research at both national and international conferences. Michael Monaghan was fortunate to be part of NFB during the hosting of two major conferences; TERMIS EU 2010 and European Society of Biomaterials (ESB) Meeting 2011. He was local organising chairman of TERMIS-SYIS activities at the TERMIS 2010 Galway meeting and coordinated all activities in consultation with the TERMIS-SYIS Committee. He was also part of the Young Scientists Forum (YSF) of ESB and assisted the local chairman with activities during the ESB Meeting.

 

Diana Gaspar - SYIS-EU Secretary Diana Gaspar is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Regenerative, Modular & Developmental Engineering Laboratory (REMODEL) at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) working under the direction of Dr Dimitrios Zeugolis. She previously received a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Sciences and a Master’s degree in Bioengineering from the University of Porto and a PhD from NUIG. Her research focusses on the development of in vitromicroenvironments for control of cell phenotype for tendon tissue engineering. Further, she has been involved in industrial projects; teaching, outreach activities, supervision / training of undergraduate students and early stage postgraduate students. Despite the early stage of her career, Diana has been successful in raising funding, has published 9 papers in high impact factor journals (such as Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews and Trends in Biotechnology) and two book chapters. She has also actively participated in tier 1 conferences, with more than 20 podium and poster presentations to date, where she has acted as a young investigator co-chair (e.g. E-MRS Spring Meeting 2016, 4thTERMIS World Congress 2015) and her work has gained peer-recognition (e.g. Trainee Award at the 10thWorld Biomaterials Congress 2016, Best Materials Presentation by IOM3 at the UK Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting 2015). She will also be involved in the organisation of the next European Orthopaedic Research Society (EORS) Annual Meeting 2018 in Galway and TERMIS-EU Chapter Meeting in 2019 in Greece.

 

Alan Ryan - SYIS-EU Treasurer
Alan J. Ryan (Linkedin.com/in/alanryan0) is a postdoctoral researcher in the Tissue Engineering Research Group (TERG) headed by Prof. Fergal O'Brien in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), and an associate researcher of the Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research (AMBER) Centre between RCSI, Trinity College Dublin (TCD), and University College Cork. He holds a bachelor (NUIG), masters (TCD), and doctoral degree in biomedical engineering (RCSI) with a focus in translational biomedical materials research. During the course of his doctoral studies and postdoctoral research he has been involved in advanced biomaterials projects ranging from the orthopaedic, neural, corneal, antimicrobial, and cardiovascular fields. He has extensive experience in the design and characterisation of scaffolds fabricated using natural polymers, which mimic the hierarchical structure of tissues and can be used for controlled drug delivery. Translation of this research has resulted in the submission of two invention disclosure forms & 2 patent applications. He has been awarded more than 16 awards/honours for his work, including the prestigious Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Postgraduate Scholarship for an Outstanding Researcher. The IET is the world's largest engineering organisation with over 150,000 members and the scholarship is awarded once per year to a researcher deemed to have made a significant contribution to the field of engineering. In terms of written communication, he has published high quality research articles and patents including some of the top journals in the field, e.g Biomaterials, and as a co-applicant he has secured >€1.4m in academic and industrial funding.

 

Pedro Costa - SYIS-EU Industry Committee

Pedro Costa is a researcher, inventor, educator and entrepreneur. He is the founder, CEO and CTO of the company BIOFABICS, which is specialized in the creation of 3D biotissue analogues. Before that, he was the coordinator of the world’s first MSc Programme in Biofabrication at Utrecht University, manager of the Utrecht Biofabrication Facility and postdoctoral researcher at the University Medical Center Utrecht (Netherlands). Pedro Costa can be described as a biologist by training and engineer/maker by heart, given his undergraduate studies in applied biology followed by a PhD in biomedical engineering where he specialized in the application/combination of highly automated tools such as additive manufacturing (3D bioprinting) and bioreactor technologies in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. This know-how is also currently being employed in the development of a new generation of organ-on-chip technologies. He has previously worked in both academic and industrial environments in places such as Portugal (University of Minho), Belgium (Materialise NV), Australia (Queensland University of Technology) and Germany (Technical University of Munich).

Pedro Costa is author/co-author of multiple patent applications, book chapters and publications in international refereed journals. He has also actively participated in some of the most relevant conferences in the field of TERM and Biofabrication and is regularly invited to give talks, lectures and seminars in various international academic institutions and meetings.

Finally, Pedro Costa has also received several awards/honors in recognition for his work, among them the 2014 Translational Research Award (European Society for Biomaterials), the 2014 European Doctoral Award (European Society for Biomaterials and the 2016 Young Investigator Award (2nd place) (International Society for Biofabrication).

 

Raquel Almeida

Raquel Costa-Almeida holds a PhD in Bioengineering Systems of the MIT Portugal Program at the University of Minho (UMINHO, Portugal) under the supervision of Prof. Manuela E. Gomes and in collaboration with Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (USA) under the supervision of Prof. Ali Khademhosseini, with a PhD scholarship from the FCT-Portuguese Science Foundation. She graduated in Biology (2011) and obtained her MSc in Biomedical Engineering (2013) from the University of Porto (Portugal). During her PhD, Raquel has been awarded with 2 projects financed by the European Space Agency (ESA, Spin Your Thesis!, Angiogravity 2014 as team member and Achilles 2016 as team leader). She has been elected in 2017 as SYIS member of TERMIS-EU Communications & Outreach Committee. In 2010, Raquel co-founded Scientia FCUP Junior Enterprise; she was CEO for 2 years (2011-2013) and is advisor of the board since 2013
Currently, she is a postdoctoral researcher at 3B’s Research Group (UMINHO) and her work focuses on tendon tissue engineering strategies, namely in the development of fibrous hydrogel-based scaffolds to guide tendon and tendon-to-bone regeneration.

 

Silvia Lopa Biosketch

Silvia Lopa is a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab and she is currently the Principal Investigator of a 3-year project funded by the Italian Ministry of Health, which focuses on the development of a microfluidic model mimicking the articular joint. She graduated in Industrial Biotechnology in 2009 (University of Milan-Bicocca) and received her PhD in Biotechnology Applied to Medical Sciences (University of Milan) in 2014. During her PhD, she participated to several projects related to musculoskeletal tissue engineering in collaboration with academic and industrial partners, and she joined Prof. van Osch’s group (Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, NL) as a visiting PhD student. In 2012, she was selected as one of the six members worldwide of the Tissue Engineering Young Investigator Council and, in 2016, she was elected as one of the representatives of the Strategic Alliance Committee of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society.Her main research focus is the development of vascularized in vitromodels of musculoskeletal tissues for the study of biological processes underlying the pathogenesis of articular diseases, such as osteoarthritis.


Announcing the TERMIS-EU Student and Young Investigator Section (SYIS) and Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers Award
Highlighting the Best Young Investigator Research Articles in Tissue Engineering 
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SYIS-EU Awards

2017 TERMIS-EU Davod - SYIS Award Recipients

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?