International Webinars on Topics in Cell and Tissue Engineering

Agenda: Meet the Speakers from the 1st edition

  • March 19th, 2021 – 9 a.m. (Lisbon/London time)


Professor Charles James Kirkpatrick

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany


Topic: Challenges in Cell and Tissue Engineering – A matter of interfaces

James Kirkpatrick has a triple doctorate in science and medicine (MD, PhD, DSc) from the Queen’s University of Belfast and from 1993 to 2015 was Professor and Chairman of Pathology at the Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) in Mainz, Germany, where he is now Emeritus Professor. Previous academic appointments were at the University of Ulm, University of Manchester and the RWTH Aachen.

His principal research interests are in biomaterials in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, with special focus on vascularization and nanomedicine. The methodological focus has been on developing human co-culture systems in 3D to study cellular crosstalk in regeneration This work has led to more than 550 publications in peer-reviewed journals.

James Kirkpatrick is a former President of both the German Society for Biomaterials (2001-2005) and the European Society for Biomaterials (2002-2007). In 2008 he was given the George Winter Award from the ESB and in 2010 the Chapman Medal from the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, London. In addition, he is a Distinguished Professor at the Goethe University of Frankfurt, and has Honorary and Visiting Professorships in China, Singapore, and Sweden. He is currently Armourers & Brasiers’ Distinguished Visiting Fellow to St.John’s College, Cambridge.

  • March 26th, 2021 – 9 a.m. (Lisbon/London time)


Professor Michiya Matsusaki

Osaka University, Japan


Topic: Polymer/Protein-Assembly Regulated Cell Microenvironment for Tissue Engineering

Michiya Matsusaki was born in Kagoshima, Japan in 1976. He received his Ph.D. degree in 2003 from Kagoshima University. He started his academic career as a Postdoctoral fellow at Osaka University from 2003. He was a visiting scientist at Lund University in 2004.

In 2006, he joined the Department of Applied Chemistry in the Graduate School of Engineering at Osaka University as an Assistant Professor.

He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2015 and to full Professor in 2019. He was a JST-PRESTO researcher (Concurrent position) from 2008 to 2011 and 2015 to 2019. He was awarded 18 awards including Young Scientist’s Prize by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. He published 155 papers and his h-index is 39. His research interest is biomaterials and tissue engineering for regenerative medicine and pharmaceutical applications.

  • April 1st, 2021 – 9 p.m. (Lisbon/London time) – Caution: After dinner Talk


Professor Eben Alsberg

University of Illinois at Chicago, USA


Topic: Modular inductive high-density cell culture systems for engineering complex tissues

Eben Alsberg holds the Richard and Loan Hill Professorship in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering, Orthopaedics, Pharmacology, and Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His laboratory focuses on engineering functional biologic replacements to repair damaged or diseased tissues in the body. Complex signals and processes critical in tissue morphogenesis, repair, and homeostasis are used as inspiration for the development of innovative biomaterials and strategies for tissue regeneration.

Through the precise temporal and spatial presentation of soluble bioactive factors, mechanical forces, and biomaterial physical and biochemical properties, his lab aspires to create microenvironments that regulate cell gene expression and new tissue formation.

He’s co-authored ~140 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, and his work has been recognized with the Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging Award, the Biovalley Young Investigator Award from the Tissue Engineering Society International, the Crain’s Cleveland Business Forty Under 40 Award, a Visiting Professorship at Kyung Hee University (Korea), a Lady Davis Fellowship at the Technion (Israel), and election as Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES).

  • April 9th, 2021 – 9 a.m. (Lisbon/London time)


Professor Abhay Pandit

University of Ireland, Ireland


Topic: Understanding the Regenerative Response Induced by Biomaterials Systems: Insight into the Role of Glycosylation

Professor Abhay Pandit is the Established Professor in Biomaterials and Scientific Director of CÚRAM, a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded Centre for Research in Medical Devices at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Prof. Pandit has over thirty years of experience in the field of biomaterials. After a seven-year stint in the industry, he has worked in academia for the last 18 years. Prof. Pandit’s research is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the 7th EU Framework programme, Enterprise Ireland, Health Research Board, the AO Foundation and industry sources above €150 million. Prof. Pandit was elected to the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the creation of a national centre to develop innovative device-based solutions for the treatment of global chronic diseases. He is the first Irish academic to earn this distinction.

He is the author of 27 patents and has licensed three technologies to medical device companies. Prof Pandit has published >300 papers in peer-reviewed high impact journals, >700 conference abstracts with an h-index of 62 and ~15,053 citations. Prof. Pandit has successfully supervised 36 PhD students, 24 postdoctoral researchers with a current cohort of eight Postdoctoral researchers, 20 PhD students and three research associates. 

  • April 16th, 2021 – 9 a.m. (Lisbon/London time)


Professor Pamela Habibovic

Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Topic: Inorganic biomaterials for tissue engineering

Pamela Habibovic holds a PhD degree from the University of Twente, the Netherlands. She is currently Full Professor of Inorganic Biomaterials, Scientific Director of MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine at Maastricht University, the Netherlands and chair of MERLN’s Department of Instructive Biomaterials Engineering.

The main focus of her research group is on synthetic bone graft substitutes, bioinorganics, nanomaterials for theranostics in regenerative medicine and high-throughput approaches in biomaterials research. For her research she received prestigious Veni, Vidi, Aspasia and Gravitation grants of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research among other external research funds. Since 2013, she serves as a council member of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB), and since 2017 she holds the role of the ESB President.

Habibovic is an Associate Editor of the RSC journal Biomaterials Science and an editorial board member of the journals Acta Biomaterialia, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine, Advanced Biomaterials and Devices in Medicine, Regenerative Biomaterials, Biomedical Engineering and Biomaterials Research. She has published over 100 peer-review articles on the topic of biomaterials and regenerative medicine.

  • April 22nd, 2021 – 9 p.m. (Lisbon/London time) – Caution: After dinner Talk


Dr. Vítor Espírito Santo

Director of Cellular Agriculture at Eat Just, Inc, San Francisco, USA

Topic: From the petri-dish to the dish – the path toward approval of cultured chicken in Singapore

Vítor is the Director of the Cellular Agriculture team at Eat Just, Inc, a Silicon Valley-based company on a mission to build a food system where everyone eats well. In this capacity, E. Santo is focused on leading Eat Just’s biotechnology and cell culture program towards the development of cultured meat, a novel way of producing real meat without slaughtering animals.

After three years of project, Vitor and his team reached an important milestone in the industry, having obtained the first worldwide approval by a regulatory agency for the commercialization of a cultured meat product (specifically cultured chicken bites), being the first to market. 

Vítor Espirito Santo holds an MSc in advanced Biomedical Engineering and a PhD in Stem Cells from the University of Minho in Portugal and the Kyoto University in Japan. He has over 14 years of research experience and team leadership in the development of cell-based models and therapies for biotechnology and food applications. He transitioned from academia to industry after his Post-Doc and in 2017, Vitor E. Santo entered the food industry, applying his expertise in cell biology, bioprocess and tissue engineering to the disruptive field of making cell-based meat. 

  • April 30th, 2021 – 9 a.m. (Lisbon/London time) 


Professor Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez
University of Glasgow, Scotland

Topic: Growth factor microenvironments in stem cell engineering

Prof. Manuel Salmeron-Sanchez, FRSE is co-director of the Centre for the Cellular Microenvironment at the University of Glasgow. He did a PhD in Valencia and postdoctoral work at the Institute for Macromolecular Chemistry in Prague and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He was full Professor in Valencia and did a sabbatical year at the Georgia Institute of Technology before moving to the University of Glasgow in 2013 as the Chair of Biomedical Engineering. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburg, Scotland national academy of science and letters, in 2017.

His work on materials for growth factor delivery has set up the basis for a programme of research to help civilians affected by landmines, funded by the Sir Bobby Charlton Foundation. Overall, his work spans fundamental mechanisms at the cell/material interface as well as translational research that saved from amputation the leg of a first veterinary patient, a dog called Eva ( ).

He has authored more than 160 papers in major journals including PNAS, Science Advances, Nature Biomedical Engineering, Nature Metabolism and Advanced Materials. He has had his research featured in newspapers, websites and TV channels around the world. He is editor-in-chief of Materials Science and Engineering C: Materials for Biological Applications.

  • May 6th, 2021 – 9 p.m. (Lisbon/London time) – Caution: After dinner Talk


Professor Jason Burdick

University of Pennsylvania, USA


Topic: Advances in Shear-thinning Hydrogels for Biofabrication and Tissue Repair

Jason A. Burdick, PhD is the Robert D. Bent Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Burdick’s research involves the development of hydrogels through techniques such as photocrosslinking and self-assembly and their processing using approaches such as electrospinning and 3D printing.

The applications of his research range from controlling stem cell differentiation through material cues to fabricating scaffolding for regenerative medicine and tissue repair. Jason currently has over 265 peer-reviewed publications, he is on the editorial boards of Journal of Biomedical Materials Research A, Biofabrication, Bioengineering, and Advanced Healthcare Materials, and he is an Associate Editor for ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering. He has been recognized through numerous awards such as a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering, an American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, the Clemson Award for Basic Science through the Society for Biomaterials, and the Acta Biomaterialia Silver Medal Award. 

Jason has also been elected as a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, to the International College of Fellows of Biomaterials Science and Engineering, and as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Lastly, he has founded several companies to translate technology developed in his laboratory towards clinical application.

  • May 14th, 2021 – 9 a.m. (Lisbon/London time) 


Professor Marcy Zenobi-Wong

ETH Zürich in Switzerland, Switzerland

Topic: Biofabrication across length scales

Marcy Zenobi-Wong is a tenured Full Professor of Tissue Engineering and Biofabrication and Director of the Institute for Biomechanics at ETH Zürich in Switzerland. She is a Mechanical Engineer by training, and received her Bachelor degree from MIT and Master/PhD from Stanford University.

She leads a multidisciplinary team  with strong focus on biofabrication technologies including bioprinting, two-photon polymerization, and casting, and on the development of advanced biomaterials for tissue regeneration.

She is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications (cited over 5000 times) and co-inventor on several licensed patents.   She is currently President of the Swiss Society for Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine (SSB+RM) and General Secretary for the International Society of Biofabrication (ISBF).  She serves on the editorial board for Biofabrication and Advanced Healthcare Materials.  In 2019 she was elected as Fellow to the European Alliance for Medical & Biological Engineering and Science (EAMBES). 

  • May 20th, 2021 – 9 p.m. (Lisbon/London time) – Caution: After dinner Talk


Professor Andrés Garcia 

Georgia Institute of Technology, USA


Topic: Bioengineered Synthetic Hydrogels for Regenerative Medicine

Andrés J. García is the Executive Director of the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience and Regents’ Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. García’s research program integrates innovative engineering, materials science, and cell biology concepts and technologies to create cell-instructive biomaterials for regenerative medicine and generate new knowledge in mechanobiology. This cross-disciplinary effort has resulted in new biomaterial platforms that elicit targeted cellular responses and tissue repair in various biomedical applications, innovative technologies to study and exploit cell adhesive interactions, and new mechanistic insights into the interplay of mechanics and cell biology.

In addition, his research has generated intellectual property and licensing agreements with start-up and multi-national companies. He is a co-founder of 3 start-up companies (CellectCell, CorAmi Therapeutics, iTolerance). He has received several distinctions, including the NSF CAREER Award, Arthritis Investigator Award, Young Investigator Award from the Society for Biomaterials, Georgia Tech’s Outstanding Interdisciplinary Activities Award, the Clemson Award for Basic Science from the Society for Biomaterials, and the International Award from the European Society for Biomaterials.

He has been recognized as a top Latino educator by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. He is an elected Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (by the International Union of Societies of Biomaterials Science and Engineering), Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He served as President for the Society for Biomaterials in 2018-2019. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Inventors and the National Academy of Engineering.

  • May 28th, 2021 – 9 a.m. (Lisbon/London time) 


Professor Insung S. Choi

Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, Korea


Topic: SCNE: Single-Cell Nanoencapsulation

Insung S. Choi is Professor of Chemistry and of Bio and Brain Engineering at KAIST, Korea, and the Director of the Center for Cell-Encapsulation Research (Creative Research Initiative; 2012-). He obtained his BS and MS degrees in Chemistry at Seoul National University in 1991 and 1993, and did his PhD degree in Chemistry at Harvard University in 2000 under the supervision of George M. Whitesides.

After postdoctoral work with Robert Langer at the Department of Chemical Engineering of MIT, he joined the faculty at KAIST in 2002. He was awarded KCS-Wily Young Chemist Award (2003), Thieme Journal Award (2003), Presidential Young Scientist Award (2004; KAST), and JANG SEHEE Research Achievement Award (2013; KCS).

His research interests include biomimetic science and neurochemistry. He has published over 270 peer-reviewed papers. He is the editorial board member of Chemistry-An Asian Journal (Wiley-VCH), ChemNanoMat (Wiley-VCH), Materials Today Bio (Elsevier) and Polymers (MDPI), and the editorial advisory board member of Chemical Reviews (ACS), Advanced Healthcare Materials (Wiley-VCH) and Advanced NanoBiomed Research (Wiley-VCH).

  • June 4th, 2021 – 9 a.m. (Lisbon/London time) 


Professor Gerjo van Osch

Erasmus University Medical Center, The Netherlands 


Topic: Studying cellular processes in tissue defect repair

Gerjo van Osch studied Medical Biology at Utrecht University the Netherlands and received a PhD from Nijmegen University based on her research on osteoarthritis using histological, biochemical and biomechanical analyses. As postdoc she started to focus on tissue regeneration and cell biology. Gerjo is currently appointed as full professor of Connective Tissue Regeneration in the Departments of Orthopaedics and Otorhinolaryngology at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam.

As Medical Delta professor she also has a chair on Integrative Cartilage Regeneration at Delft University of Technology. She is leading a research group of approx. 15 people that focusses on cellular processes during cartilage repair, the role of stem cells, biomaterials and growth factors. She co-authored over 200 publications.

Gerjo has participated in several national and European funded projects (also coordinating Horizon2020 MSCA-ITN). She is actively involved in Master and PhD programs. She is chair of the European Chapter of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) and vice chair of the Gordon Conference Cartilage Biology and Patho.logy and has served on the board of several (inter)national societies and in editorial boards of scientific journals

Endorsed By:

This serie of webinars was supported by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology through the following projects:

  • Suprasort: CENTRO-01-0145-FEDER-030658 –  PTDC/QUI-OUT/30658/2017
  • MIMETic: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-031210 – PTDC/BTM-MAT/31210/2017 
  • COP2P: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-030771PTDC/QUI-QOR/30771/2017
  • Circus: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-031064 – PTDC/BTM-MAT/31064/2017
  • Promenade: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029830 – PTDC/BTM-MAT/29830/2017
  • MARGEL:  FCT – POCI-01-0145-FEDER-031498 -PTDC/BTM-MAT/31498/2017


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