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
Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (University of Barcelona)
PhD in Materials Science (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)

Román A. Pérez graduated from the University of Barcelona with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (2006) and carried out his Doctoral Degree in the field of Calcium Phosphate Cement at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (2011). As a doctoral student, he spent nine months working in a research lab at Harvard University. After completing his PhD, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher 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 in 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
Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (University of Barcelona)
PhD in Chemistry (University of Barcelona)
Co-founder of Mimetis Biomaterials

Xavier Gil Mur graduated from the University of Barcelona (UB) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and completed his Doctoral Degree in Materials Science at the same university. 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.

Begoña Bosch
Begoña Bosch Canals
Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy (University of Barcelona)
PhD in Health Sciences (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya)

Begoña holds a Bachelor’s 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 this time, she was 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.

Emilio Castro
Emilio Castro
Bachelor’s Degree in Physics (University of Santiago de Compostela)
Master’s Degree in Environmental Nanotechnology (University of Zaragoza)
Master’s Degree in Physics (University of Santiago de Compostela)
PhD in Materials Science and Technology (University of Santiago de Compostela)

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

Miguel Cerrolaza
Miguel Cerrolaza
Bachelor’s Degree in Structural Engineering (Universidad Central de Venezuela)
Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro)
PhD in Industrial Engineering (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

Miguel Cerrolaza holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Structural Engineering from the Universidad Central de Venezuela, a Master’s Degree from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and a PhD from the Technical University of Madrid . Miguel also has a Postdoctoral 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.

 

Luis Delgado
Luis Delgado
Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Engineering (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)
PhD in Materials Science (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)

Luis M. Delgado graduated from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering (2008) and in Materials Engineering (2011). He completed his Doctoral Degree in the field of Bioengineering and Regenerative Medicine at 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 include the design and physico-chemical modification of biomaterials capable of modulating the biological response and optimising the regeneration of damaged tissues.

Mariano Fernández
Mariano Fernández
Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine (University of Zaragoza)
PhD in Medicine and Surgery (University of Zaragoza)

Mariano Fernandez holds a Bachelor’s Degree and a 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 Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo (Mexico) and Universidad El 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 Royal 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 Universitat Internacional de Catalunya.

Maria Godoy
Maria Godoy Gallardo
Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (University of Barcelona)
Bachelor’s Degree in Material Engineering (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)
Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)
PhD in Biomedical Engineering (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)

Maria completed a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering (2011) 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.

Miguel Ángel Mateos Timoneda
Miguel Ángel Mateos Timoneda
Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Sciences (Universidad de Salamanca)
PhD in Supramolecular Chemistry (University of Twente)

Miguel Angel Mateos holds a Bachelor’s 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.

Jennifer Olmos Buitrago
Jennifer Olmos Buitrago
Bachelor’s Degree in Biology (University of Barcelona)
PhD in Tissue Regeneration Engineering (Dankook University)

Jennifer Olmos graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Barcelona (UB) having specialised in Health Biology (2009). She belonged to the Neuroengineering research group at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) and also to the research team at Aleria Biodevices (2008-2011). Subsequently, she continued her academic training obtaining a Double Master’s and Doctoral Degree in Tissue Regeneration Engineering at Dankook University, South Korea (2012-2019). During her doctoral studies she spent two months at Columbia University (USA). 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.

Alejandro Portela
Alejandro Portela
Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering (Instituto Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echevarría, Havana)
Master’s Degree in Digital Systems. Biomedical Engineering (Instituto Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echevarría, Havana)
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 Engineering, 2005) from the Instituto Superior Politécnico José Antonio Echevarría in Havana (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.

Predoctoral researchers

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 Krems University of Applied Sciences)
Master’s Degree in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien)
PhD student (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya)

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 degree thesis 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.

Maria Merino
Maria Merino
Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences (University of Barcelona)
Master degree in Molecular biotechnology (University of Barcelona)
PhD student (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya)

Maria Merino Gómez graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Barcelona (UB) in 2017. She later completed 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 PhD 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.

Xavier Marimón i Serra
Xavier Marimón Serra
Industrial Technical Engineer. Electronics and automation (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)
Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya)
PhD student (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya)

Xavier Marimón Serra is an industrial engineer specialised in industrial electronics and automation. He holds a Master’s 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. 

Marina Perpiñán Blasco
Marina Perpiñán Blasco
Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences (University of Lleida)
Master’s Degree in Biomedical Research (University of Barcelona)
PhD student (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya)

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

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

Raquel Rodríguez graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biotechnology from the University of Oviedo and completed a Master’s Degree in Applied Microbiology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. In January 2019, she began her doctoral studies at the Bioengineering Institute of Technology, where she conducts research on the development of printable silica-based biomaterials aimed at stimulating 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 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2018. She later 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 – UIC Barcelona) where she is currently carrying out research into the generation of surface topography on silica-based constructs to stimulate bone regeneration.

Yolanda de Roo Puente
Yolanda de Roo Puente
Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences (University of Amsterdam)
Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences (Leiden University, the Netherlands)

Yolanda de Roo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Amsterdam (2010) and a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences with a Management specialisation from Leiden University (2012). She started her PhD at Leiden University and Leiden University Medical Centre to study cellular signalling pathways in hematopoietic stem cells and the differentiation of these cells. She developed a transgenic mouse model to study in vivo Wnt signalling. She then worked on improving the recruitment of top investigators at Dutch technical universities.

Alumni

Èlia Bosch Rué
Èlia Bosch Rué
Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences (University of Barcelona)
Master’s Degree in Cytogenetics and Reproductive Biology (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
PhD in Health Sciences (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya)


Èlia Bosch Rué graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, 2013), subsequently completing a Master’s Degree in Cytogenetics and Reproductive Biology 2015) from the same university. She later worked as a researcher with 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 – UIC Barcelona), where her research focused on developing biomaterials for blood vessel formation in vitro and systems for the sequential release of molecules aimed at enhancing bone regeneration. In 2021, she defended her thesis on induction strategies for vascularisation: angiogenesis and tissue engineering of blood vessels.

Leire Díez Tercero
Leire Díez Tercero
Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (University of the Basque Country)
Master’s Degree in Advanced Immunology (University of Barcelona)
PhD in Health Sciences (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya)

Leire Díez graduated with a Bachelor’s 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 at 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 inflammatory responses and stimulating bone regeneration. In 2021, she defended her thesis on inflammatory modulation using a membrane guide for bone regeneration with dual capacity for drug delivery.

Bàrbara Giordano
Bàrbara Giordano
Bachelor’s Degree in Dentistry (University of Barcelona)
Postgraduate Degree in Endodontics and Conservative Dentistry (Università degli Studi di Siena)
Master’s Degree in Research in Dentistry (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya)
PhD in Health Sciences (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya)

Bàrbara Giordano graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dentistry from the University of Barcelona (2009) and completed a Postgraduate Degree in Endodontics and Conservative Dentistry at the Università degli Studi di Siena (2010-2011) . She completed a Master’s Degree in Research in Dentistry from the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya (2015). 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. In 2021, she defended her thesis on dentistry strategies and minimum invasive for bone regeneration on endodontic treatments.