Regenerative Medicine Utrecht


25 February 2019
12:00 - 13:00
Room 3 (Hubrecht Building)

RM Seminar Dr. Tiziano Serra

Without patterns there is no life
Shaping 3D culture for tissue models and organoids

Dr. Tiziano Serra, AU Research Institute (Davos, CH)

Dr. Tiziano Serra is Research Scientist in the Musculoskeletal Regeneration Program at the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI) in Switzerland. He received a master’s degree in Material Engineering (specialization in biopolymer chemistry and technology) with a project on the development of collagen-based 3D scaffolds for skin and nerve tissue engineering at the University of Salento, Italy. His researcher career started in the private sector, in the development of products for guided bone regeneration. After that, he moved back to academia obtaining a PhD in Material Science and Engineering at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (Spain). His PhD Thesis focused on the development of bioactive composite scaffolds by 3D-printing for bone tissue engineering. During that period, he was also involved in different European projects working on: (a) development of 3D-platforms for in vitro inflammatory response (INEB, Portugal), (b) synthesis of bioactive molecules and 3D-printed scaffolds bio-functionalization (University of Brighton, UK), and (c) novel approaches for in vivo angiogenesis evaluation (University of Mainz, Germany). Tiziano spent two years as Postdoctoral Fellow at University College London (UCL, UK) focusing on the clinical and translational aspect of research such as the design and development of patient specific 3D-printed medical devices for congenital diseases. He is a member of the International Society of Biofabrication (ISBF), the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) and both the European (ESB) and the Swiss Societies for Biomaterials (SSB+RM). He was awarded the 1st Place Young Investigator Award for Biofabrication (ISBF, 2018), the BRIDGE Fellowship (SNSF-Innosuisse, 2017), the “Premi Extraordinari de Doctorat” (Technical University of   Catalonia, 2016), and the Julia Polak European Doctoral Award (ESB, 2015). Since October 2016, his research activities at ARI are articulated around a) the translation of bioprinting technologies for the repair of musculoskeletal disorders and b) the development of cutting-edge technologies based on magnetic and acoustic stimuli for the generation of advanced 3D in vitro models. RM_Seminar_Serra 2019