Plenary Speakers

Dr. Jinah Jang received her PhD at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in Korea, and trained as postdoctoral fellow in POSTECH and Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine at University of Washington. She has joined the POSTECH in 2017 and now an associate professor in the Convergence IT Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and School of Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Bioengineering. She has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles in journals including Chemical Reviews, Science Advances, Advanced Functional Materials, Nature Communications, and Biomaterials. Her h-index and citations are 37 and more than 6100, respectively (calculated by Google Scholar, as of January 28, 2022). She currently serves as an Editorial Board Member of International Journal of Molecular Science, Applied Sciences, and Journal of Korean Society for Precision Engineering and as the Associate Editor of Essays in Biochemistry, and Bio-Design and Manufacturing. She currently served as a board of directors for International Society for Biofabrication, and as a board member in multiple societies including the Korean Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society. She also has received numerous awards including the ISBF young scientist award (2014), Presidential Postdoc Fellowship from NRF Korea (2015), Excellence Young Researcher Award from Korea Society for Biomaterials (2020) and Korea Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society (2021). Her research interest lies in engineering the functional human tissues using high-performance stem cells and printable biomaterials-based 3D bioprinting technology.

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Vittoria Raffa was author in the last 10 years of 60 publications in ISI journals (h-index 29, total citations 2900) and 6 patents on technologies relating to nanomedicine. She is Associate Professor of Molecular Biology, Ph.D. in Nanotechnology, M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, Marie Curie Scholar. From 2014 to 2016 she was Professor at the University of Dundee (UK) and PI of Nanobio Lab (School of Medicine, Dundee, UK). Currently, she is professor at the University of Pisa where she leads the Nanomedicine and Molecular Biology. Since 2006, she obtained 10 research international projects as PI or co-PI and several national foundings.




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Dr. Boland’s research interests are applying engineering principles to build three dimensional structures that show biological function. Recent research assessed whether printed adipose tissues integrate with the host better than conventionally grown. Specifically, he is constructing adipose grafts using a bioprinter and measure anastomoses in vitro. His research will collect preclinical data supporting bioprinting applications for medical products. He is the inventor of bioprinting, or live-cell tissue printing, and has been the founder of this field of research. He has received over $5.5M in research funding for his work. He has received numerous awards and was featured on CNN and the Discovery Channel for his ground breaking innovations using inkjet printers to assemble cells and biomaterials into viable and functioning structures. He is the author of more than 70 publications, including 3 invited reviews and chapters, and he has delivered more than 25 invited presentations.

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Alvaro Mata is Professor in Biomedical Engineering and Biomaterials in the School of Pharmacy and the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Nottingham. His group works at the interface of supramolecular chemistry, structural biology, biofabrication, and engineering to develop bioinspired approaches to design and fabricate innovative materials and devices for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. For example, by utilizing biological processes such as protein disorder-to-order transitions, compartmentalization, or diffusion-reaction processes as predictive steps of biofabrication methods, it is possible to grow functional structures that exhibit structural and functional properties of biological systems. His work has led to seven patents or patent applications; publications in journals including Nature Chemistry, Nature Communications, Science Advances, and Advanced Functional Materials; and awards such as a Ramon y Cajal Fellowship and an ERC Starting Grant.

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Paolo A. Netti obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1990 and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1994 at the University of Naples “Federico II”. He subsequently carried out research at the IRC in the Biomedical Materials of the University of London and at the Health Science and Technology Institute of Harvard University in Boston. Since 2000 he has been teaching and conducting research at the University of Naples “Federico II” where he is now a full professor of bioengineering. His scientific interests are in the field of biomaterials for health care, for tissue regeneration and tissue engineering, for nanomedicine in therapy and diagnostics and for advanced sensors. He is known in the international scientific community for having contributed to enriching and expanding the modern concept of biomaterial and extending the boundaries of the application to ever wider sectors of biomedical areas. He has been co-founder and director of the Interdepartmental Center for Research on Biomaterials (CRIB) of Federico II University (2004 – 2010); Chair of the Master’s Degree in Materials Engineering from 2005 to 2013; Founder and chair the Master’s Degree in Industrial Bioengineering since 2015; Founder and director of the Center for Advanced Biomaterials for Health Care (IIT @ CRIB) of the Italian Institute of Technology since 2009; Member of the scientific panels of the European commission for the definition of the roadmap for the development of new platforms on biomaterials (VII framework program); since 2009 he has been a member of the advanced grants evaluation committee of the European Research Council (ERC) and from 2015 to 2018 he has been the Chair of the PE5 panel of the Advanced Grants; he has been scientific tutor for some MIUR research platforms (FIRB 2012); the promoter of a program to create a national network of tissue engineering laboratories (FIRB-TISSUENET), and component of the panel of experts for the preparation of the Italian Research Program (PNR) 2020-2026. He has published over 450 scientific papers accumulating over 15,000 citations, over 30 book chapters, and has filed over 30 patents.

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