Section

The Institute has a team of researchers from various fields of knowledge, which enables us to promote research on a multidisciplinary level. The BIT’s research is focused on designing and developing biomaterials to regenerate and/or restore the function of tissues and organs, informing both basic research and the transfer of technology to industry companies. The members of the team are:

The members of the team are:

Román A. Pérez
Román A. Pérez
Director
PhD from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Tenure-track lecturer at Dankook University (2014-2016)

Román A. Pérez graduated with a degree in Chemistry from the University of Barcelona (2006) and earned a doctoral degree in the field of calcium phosphate cement from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (2011). As a doctoral student, he spent nine months in a research lab at Harvard. After earning his PhD, he worked as a postdoctoral research at a number of institutions, including the Institute of Tissue Regeneration Engineering in South Korea (2011-2013), University College Dublin (2013) and Ryerson University (2013-2014). In 2014, he became a tenure-track lecturer at Dankook University, South Korea (2014-2016). His research interests include the design and fabrication of biomaterials that incorporate biological molecules and cells to regenerate tissue.

Xavier Gil Mur
Xavier Gil Mur
Assistant director
Full professor and rector at UIC Barcelona
Co-founder of Mimetis Biomaterials

Xavier Gil Mur graduated with a degree in Chemistry from the University of Barcelona (UB) and completed his doctoral studies in Materials Science at the same university. He is currently a full professor and rector at UIC Barcelona. He has directed more than 35 European projects and 52 national projects in the field of tissue engineering, has published over 225 articles in scientific journals and has 16 patents. He is co-founder of the company Mimetis Biomaterials. His research revolves around the optimisation of dental implant surfaces with a view to enhancing osseointegration and bacterial infection.

Yolanda de Roo
Yolanda de Roo
Program manager bioengineering at UIC Barcelona
Degree in Biomedical Sciences and Management (Leiden University, the Netherlands)

Yolanda de Roo holds a degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Amsterdam (2010) and Biomedical Sciences with a Management specialization from Leiden University (2012). She started a PhD project at Leiden University and Leiden University Medical Center, to study cellular signaling pathways in hematopoietic stem cells and the differentiation of these cells. She developed a transgenic mouse model to study Wnt signaling in vivo. Afterwards, she worked on improving the recruitment of top investigators at Dutch technical universities. Currently, she is responsible for the bioengineering undergraduate degree and manages collaborations with the industry.

Luis Delgado
Luis Delgado
Undergraduate degree in Materials Engineering (UPC)
PhD in Materials Science (UPC)
Tenure-track lecturer (UIC Barcelona)

Luis M. Delgado graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering (2008) and Materials Engineering (2011) from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). He earned a doctoral degree in the field of Bioengineering and Regenerative Medicine from the National University of Ireland, Galway (2018). He has complemented his academic career with work as a product, process and R&D engineer in the medical device industry. He is currently a tenure-track lecturer at UIC Barcelona, as well as a consultant, and his research interests lie in the design and physico-chemical modification of biomaterials capable of modulating the biological response and optimising the regeneration of damaged tissues.

Begoña Bosch
Begoña Bosch
Degree in Pharmacy (UB)
Doctor of Health Sciencies (UIC Barcelona)

Begoña holds a degree in Pharmacy from the University of Barcelona (2009-2014). Upon completion, she began writing her doctoral thesis at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya. During these years, she has been involved in a project focused on regenerating the corneal endothelium through dental pulp stem cell expansion and differentiation. She has completed two research stays in the Regenerative Medicine Lab at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

Mariano Fernández
Mariano Fernández
Degree and Phd, Cum Laude, in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Zaragoza.

Mariano Fernandez holds a degree and PhD, cum laude, in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Zaragoza, specialising in Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology. He was a lecturer in Traumatology and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Barcelona (1973-1983) and associate professor at the Autonomous University of the State of Hidalgo (Mexico) and Universidad del Bosque (Bogotá, Colombia). Mariano is a member of more than 20 national and international scientific societies. He is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the New York Academy of Sciences, and of the European Academy of Doctors. He has over 200 publications in books, journals and peer-reviewed publications, and is currently a lecturer in Bioengineering at the International University of Catalonia.

Miguel Ángel Mateos Timoneda
Miguel Ángel Mateos Timoneda
Undergraduate degree in Chemical Sciences (University of Salamanca)
Doctor in Supramolecular Chemistry (University of Twente)

Miguel Angel Mateos holds a degree in Chemistry Sciences from the University of Salamanca (1999). He went on to complete a PhD in Supramolecular Chemistry at the University of Twente and the Institute MESA+, in Enschede, the Netherlands (2005). Subsequently, he undertook a postdoctoral research stay at the same university in the field of biodegradable polymers for gene therapy (2005-2007). In 2007 he joined the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) as a senior researcher, hired by the Centre for Biomedical Research Network in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN). His research focuses on the development of new inks for 3D bioprinting and development of micro/nanoparticles for tissue regeneration.

Emilio Castro
Emilio Castro
MSc in Environmental Nanotechnology (UNIZAR) and Physics (USC).
PhD in Materials Science and Technology (USC).

Emilio Castro graduated with a master degree in Environmental Nanotechnology from the University of Zaragoza (UNIZAR, 2016) and in Physics from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC, 2002). He earned a doctoral degree in Materials Science and Technology from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC, 2006). E. Castro was a postdoctoral fellow at the Laboratoire de Chimie des Polymères Organiques (Université Bordeaux 1–CNRS, France) and at the 3B’s research group -Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics- of the Polymer Engineering Department (University of Minho, Portugal). He also works as a quality assurance manager in the metrology industry. His research interest includes block copolymer and corecombinamer micelles, nano and microvesicles, hydrogels, microcapsules and polymersomes as drug delivery systems in nanomedicine and cell-like multifunctionality and complex hierarchy with metal and metal oxide nanoparticles in magnetic force-based tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

Jennifer Olmos Buitrago
Jennifer Olmos Buitrago
Undergraduate degree in Biology (UB)
Doctor in Tissue Regeneration Engineering (DKU)

Jennifer Olmos graduated with a degree in Biology in the specialty of Health Biology (2009) from the University of Barcelona (UB). She belonged to the Neuroengineering research group at the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) and also to the research team at the company Aleria Biodevices (2008-2011). Subsequently, she continued her academic training obtaining the dual degree of master and doctorate in Tissue Regeneration Engineering at Dankook University, South Korea (2012-2019). During her doctoral studies she spent a 2-month stay at Columbia University, US. Her research is based on the development of biomaterials and how their application can direct mechanotransduction mechanisms at the cellular level and thus modulate tissue regeneration.

Miguel Cerrolaza
Miguel Cerrolaza
Bachelor’s Degree in Structural Engineering (Universidad Central de Venezuela)
Master’s Degree (MSc) in Structural Engineering (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)
PhD from the Technical University of Madrid (UPM)

Miguel Cerrolaza holds a bachelor’s degree in structural engineering from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, a master’s degree from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and a PhD from the Technical University of Madrid. Miguel also has a post-doctorate degree from the École des Ponts Paris Tech and has been a visiting lecturer at the Colorado School of Mines (USA). He is the founder and director of the National Institute of Bioengineering (Caracas). He has published over 90 papers in indexed journals, has written nine and edited twelve books and many chapters, mainly in the fields of biomechanics and finite element method. His main research interests are theoretical and applied biomechanics, bioengineering and numerical methods for simulation.

Alejandro Portela
Alejandro Portela
Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering (CUJAE) 
Master’s Degree (MSc) in Digital Systems. Biomedical Engineering (CUJAE)
PhD in Bioengineering (University of Tokyo)

Alejandro Portela holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics and telecommunications engineering and a master’s degree (MSc) in digital systems (Biomedical, 2005) from the Technological University of Habana José Antonio Echeverría (CUJAE). He also has a PhD in bioengineering from the University of Tokyo (2014). He has trained in the medical devices industry as an R&D engineer, leading projects on therapy and diagnostic equipment for the fields of cardiology and pulmonology. His career then led him to work on micro- and nanofabrication techniques with a focus on designing optical and microfluidic systems for lab-on-a-chip (LOC) biosensors. His current research interests are biosensor design for in vitro diagnosis (IVD), medical telemetry systems and material characterisation for odontology and cellular biology.

Èlia Bosch
Èlia Bosch
Degree in Biomedical Sciences (UB)
Doctoral student (UIC Barcelona)

Èlia Bosch Rué graduated with a degree in Biomedical Sciences from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) (2013), subsequently earning a master’s degree in Cytogenetics and Reproductive Biology (2015) from the same university. She later worked as a researcher in the Cardiac Repair Therapy Group at the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute (VHIR). During this time, she was mainly involved in isolating and characterising adult cardiac stem cells. In January 2017, she began her doctoral studies in the Bioengineering Institute of Technology (BIT), where her research focuses on developing biomaterials for blood vessel formation in vitro and systems for the sequential release of molecules aimed at enhancing bone regeneration.

Bàrbara Giordano
Bàrbara Giordano
Undergraduate degree in Dentistry (UB)
Doctoral student (UIC Barcelona)

Bàrbara Giordano graduated with a degree in Dentistry from the University of Barcelona (2009) and studied a postgraduate degree in Endodontics and Conservative Dentistry at the Università degli Studi di Siena (2010-2011). She earned a master’s degree in Research in Dentistry from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (2015) and is currently a doctoral student at the same university. Her research focuses on optimising and manufacturing biomaterials in the field of endodontics and bone regeneration. She is a clinical practitioner in endodontics and restorative dentistry.

Maria Godoy
Maria Godoy Gallardo
Maria Godoy Gallardo graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and Material Engineering from the University of Barcelona (UB, 2008) and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC, 2009), respectively.

She then went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering (2011), also at the UPC. As part of her PhD at the UPC (2011-2015), Maria developed antibacterial coatings for dental implants to prevent peri-implantitis. She then moved to the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Copenhagen (2015-2019), where she secured a DFF Mobilex postdoctoral grant. Her research at DTU focused on improving scaffold materials used for bone regeneration to allow for both the sequential and controlled release of various growth factors. Furthermore, she developed multi-compartment carriers as advanced micro-reactors and so-called artificial cells to conduct biological reactions. In 2019, Maria came to UIC Barcelona as a Beatriu de Pinós fellow, where her research now focuses on the development of 3D printable bioinks that incorporate living cells and are augmented with biomolecules to enhance host integration of the biomaterial.

Leire Díez
Leire Díez
Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (EHU/UPV)
Doctoral student (UIC Barcelona)

Leire Díez graduated with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of the Basque Country (EHU/UPV) and studied a master’s degree in Advanced Immunology, specialising in Immunobiotechnology, taught by the University of Barcelona and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. In November 2016, she began her doctoral studies in the Bioengineering Institute of Technology, where she performs research on the development of biomaterials aimed at modulating the inflammatory response and stimulating bone regeneration.

Maria Merino
Maria Merino
Holder of a degree in Biomedical Sciences (UB)
Doctoral student (UIC Barcelona)

Maria Merino Gómez graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Barcelona (UB) in 2017. She later earned a Master’s Degree in Molecular Biotechnology at the same university (2018), during which time she worked for the company Biokit, streamlining the production of hybridoma cell lines. In January 2019, she began her doctoral studies in the Bioengineering Institute of Technology, focusing her research on the use of 3D printing to develop cell-encapsulated hydrogels capable of promoting bone growth in vitro.

Raquel Rodríguez
Raquel Rodríguez
Holder of a degree in Biotechnology (UO)
Doctoral student (UIC Barcelona)

Raquel Rodríguez graduated with a degree in Biotechnology from the University of Oviedo and studied a Master’s Degree in Applied Microbiology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. In January 2019, she began her doctoral studies in the Bioengineering Institute of Technology, where she performs research on the development of printable silica-based biomaterials aimed at stimulating bone regeneration.

Xavier Marimón i Serra
Xavier Marimón Serra
Professor d'Electrònica Robòtica i Processat d’Imatges a la Universitat Internacional de Catalunya.

Lecturer in electronics, robotics and image processing at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (UIC Barcelona)

Xavier Marimón Serra is an industrial engineer specialised in industrial electronics and automation. He holds a master degree in biomedical engineering and has extensive experience in data science, medical image processing and automatic pattern detection in biomedical signals and images using machine learning.

He disseminates biomedical research by leading workshops and seminars for the general public and advocates citizen outreach of home laboratories under the DIY (Do It Yourself) paradigm, as well as FabLabs (Fabrication Laboratories).

He is currently researching the development of new biomarkers for the study of heart rhythm at the cellular level through optical microscopy techniques and machine learning algorithms. He is also researching the mechanical behaviour of dental implants and bridge structures subjected to dynamical loads and exposed to oral bacteria. 

Maximilian Jergitsch Graduado en Biotecnología Médica y Farmacéutica (IMC Krems). Máster en Medicina Regenerativa e Ingeniería de Tejidos (Technikum Wien). Estudiante de doctorado en UIC Barcelona.
Maximilian Jergitsch
Bachelor’s Degree in Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology (IMC University of Applied Sciences Krems)
Master’s Degree in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien)
PhD student (UIC Barcelona)

Maximilian Jergitsch graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology in 2017 (IMC Krems, Austria). Over the course of his Bachelor's degree, Maximilian spent a practical training semester with the Biomaterials for Regenerative Therapies Group (Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia). He also holds a Master’s Degree in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (Technikum Wien, Austria). As part of his master’s thesis project with the 3D Printing and Biofabrication group (University of Technology, Vienna), he researched vascularisation strategies for tissue engineering. In January 2021, he started his PhD at the Bioengineering Institute of Technology (UIC Barcelona). His research focuses on the development of a novel bioink to model and treat osteochondral defects..

Marina Perpiñán Blasco
Marina Perpiñán Blasco
Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences (University of Lleida, UdL)
Master’s Degree in Biomedical Research (University of Barcelona, UB)
PhD student (UIC Barcelona)

In January 2020, Marina Perpiñán began her PhD at the Bioengineering Institute of Technology (BIT – UIC Barcelona) to develop biomaterials that mimic bone bases on matrices and silica spheres. These, combined with the release of different growth factors, factors and ions, aim to promote bone regeneration.

Raquel Rojas Márquez
Raquel Rojas Márquez
Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, UAM)
Master’s Degree in Advanced Biotechnology (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, UAB)
PhD student (UIC Barcelona)

Raquel Rojas graduated from a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2018. Later, she went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Advanced Biotechnology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She then joined the Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering Research Group at the Vall d’Hebron Research Institute. In October 2020, she began her PhD at the Bioengineering Institute of Technology (BIT), where she is currently carrying out research into the generation of surface topography on silica-based constructs to stimulate bone regeneration.