Student and Young Investigator Section (SYIS)

Student involvement is a critical component of TERMIS. SYIS provides a platform for the "next generation" of scientists and engineers in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine to interact. SYIS aims to further the professional and scientific development of its members. The TERMIS definition for a Student member is any individual, who is engaged as a full-time graduate or undergraduate, in a university or college program and is actively involved in research in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Young Investigators are defined as persons who are employed by an academic institution in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, who have been awarded their doctoral degree within the past 3 years and who are not holding an appointment as a faculty or academic staff in a university/research institute.

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TERMIS-SYIS EU Council Members

Arianna Ferrini - SYIS-EU Chair
Arianna is currently a PhD candidate at Imperial College London (UK). She earned a BSc in Biotechnology in 2010, followed by a MSc in Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology in 2012, both from the University of Florence (Italy). During and after her master studies, she participated in European mobility programs (Erasmus and Leonardo Da Vinci, respectively), which gave her the chance to be trained at Queen Mary University of London and the Babraham Institute in Cambridge and made her realize how much she enjoys collaborative research and a dynamic and international working environment. While in Cambridge, she became fascinated with the heart, this tireless organ of vital importance and startling fragility. It was with great enthusiasm that in 2014 she enrolled in the PhD programme of the British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence at Imperial College London, where she is now a final year student under the supervision of Professor Molly Stevens and Professor Nadia Rosenthal. Her research interest lies in the combination of biomaterials and stem cells for cardiac regeneration and how two different disciplines such as biology and engineering can come together to mend a broken heart. She is particularly passionate about disseminating her research and actively participates in several public engagement and science outreach activities. For example, she is part of an association called Native Scientist, aimed at empowering immigrant communities through science while promoting STEM learning and careers. Together with her team, she was an event coordinator for the 2018 edition of Pint of Science, the biggest science outreach festival worldwide (www.pintofscience.com/about), and this role involved the organisation, from speakers’ recruitment to budgeting, of three nights in London with a total of 500 attendees. She was awarded several travel grants to attend meetings and best presentation awards in national and international conferences as a testament to her great communication skills. During her PhD, she spent a training period at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine (USA), after securing independent funding for it. Outside the lab, she is a self-described mediocre ukulele player, an avid photographer and a writer; her first poetry collection was published a couple of years ago and she truly believes that science and poetry are more intertwined than most think.

Lizette Utomo - SYIS-EU Chair-Elect


Filippo Cipriani - SYIS-EU Advisor
Filippo Cipriani (https://www.linkedin.com/in/ciprianifilippo/) is currently enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Valladolid (Spain) in the advanced biomaterials laboratory of Prof. Jose Carlos Rodríguez Cabello at the Spin-off company Technical Protein Nano-biotechnology (http://www.tpnbt.com). His doctorade programme is supported by Marie Curie Actions and focusses on the development of recombinant protein based on elastin for regenerative medicine and Tissue Engineering applications. During the course of his doctoral studies and PhD research he has been involved in advanced biomaterials projects for the design and characterization of elastin-like recombinamers for cartilage regeneration and vascularization in collaboration with partner institutions such as LifeTec Group and PepScan (the Netherlands). Previously, he was a Marie Curie Fellow working as Associate Researcher in the field of Microfluidics and Micro-sensors in the IMSAS Group at the University of Bremen (Germany) under the direction of Prof. Michiel Vellekoop (http://www.imsas.uni-bremen.de). He concluded his Bachelor degree in Environmental and Industrial Biotechnology in 2010 at the Faculty of Science of the University of Florence, Italy. Two years later he got a Master degree in Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology at the Faculty of Science of the University of Pisa, Italy. Prior to his PhD, Filippo Cipriani has been part of the Organization Committee of “Science at school” in Prato (Italy), organizing science workshops aimed at sharing the passion for biotechnology with young and enthusiastic students; and he also co-founded a non-profit association, “I Giullari“ (www.giullari.org). Throughout his studies he has authored several papers in peer-reviewed journals (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Filippo_Cipriani) and presented his work at national and international conferences. He also won the SYIS Debate Competition for 3D printing motion at TERMIS-EU 2017 in Davos (Switzerland) and the Best Social Outreach award at FIRM-2017 Conference in Girona (Spain).

Pedro Diaz Payno - SYIS-EU Secretary


William Arthur Lackington - SYIS-EU Treasurer

SYIS-EU Communications & Outreach Committee

Raquel Almeida

Raquel Costa-Almeida holds a PhD in Bioengineering Systems of the MIT Portugal Program at the University of Minho (UMINHO, Portugal) under the supervision of Prof. Manuela E. Gomes and in collaboration with Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (USA) under the supervision of Prof. Ali Khademhosseini, with a PhD scholarship from the FCT-Portuguese Science Foundation. She graduated in Biology (2011) and obtained her MSc in Biomedical Engineering (2013) from the University of Porto (Portugal). During her PhD, Raquel has been awarded with 2 projects financed by the European Space Agency (ESA, Spin Your Thesis!, Angiogravity 2014 as team member and Achilles 2016 as team leader). She has been elected in 2017 as SYIS member of TERMIS-EU Communications & Outreach Committee. In 2010, Raquel co-founded Scientia FCUP Junior Enterprise; she was CEO for 2 years (2011-2013) and is advisor of the board since 2013
Currently, she is a postdoctoral researcher at 3B’s Research Group (UMINHO) and her work focuses on tendon tissue engineering strategies, namely in the development of fibrous hydrogel-based scaffolds to guide tendon and tendon-to-bone regeneration.

Julia Fernandez-Perez


SYIS-EU Strategic Alliance Committee

Martina Crippa

Zuzana Koci

SYIS-EU Awards

2019 TERMIS-EU Award Recipients


SYIS Podium Winners

1st Mireia Hoyos-Nogués  


2nd Vianney Delplace 


SYIS Poster Winners

1st Andrea Schwab


2nd Daniela Frauchiger


RSC Biomaterials Science Winners



1st Alexandre Trotier


2nd Qasim Majid


3rd Daniella Duarte Campos



1st  Ana Cartaxo


2nd Pascal Gervois


3rd Camille Marijon


RSC Journal of Materials Chemistry Part B Winners



1st Mariana Carranca


2nd Alessandro Torchio


3rd Michele Carrabba



1st Marisa Assunção


2nd Raphael Canadas 


3rd Maria Markou



Debate Winning Team

James Britton

Meletios Nikolaos Doulgkeroglou

Emily Growney Kalaf


2017 TERMIS-EU DavoS - SYIS Award Recipients

Podium Presentations (Sponsored by IOP Publishing)

  1. Irene Mencia Castano- Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
    MicroRNA therapeutics for improved bone repair: Effective collagen nanohydroxyapatite scaffold mediated delivery to mesenchymal stem cells and rat calvarial defects
  2. Angela Lemke -  Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Experimental and Clinical Traumatology, Vienna Austria
    Implantation of human amniotic membrane ameliorates recurring perineural adhesions and intraneural scarring in a rat sciatic nerve fibrosis model
  3. Tatjana Flora - Universidad de Valladolid Valladolid, Spain
    Elastin like recombinamers based hydrogel designed to support angiogenesis through a combination of cell adhesion cell induced biodegradation and remodelling


Rapid Fire Presentations

  1. Clara Louise Hedegaard – Imperial College London (1st Prize Sponsored by BioInterfaces Journal)
    Combining self-assembly of hierarchical synthetic extracellular matrices with microscale control of bioprinting
  2. Christian H. Bucher - Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin (Sponsored by eCM Journal)
    The bone healing process benefits from a naïve immune cell milieu - a humanized mouse model study
  3. Dharaminder Singh - ‎University of Sheffield (Sponsored by eCM Journal)
    In vitro, ex vivo and in vivo analysis of novel 3D printed PGSm nerve guidance conduits for peripheral nerve repair


Poster Presentations (Sponsored by ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering)

  1. Abdolrahman Omidinia-Anarkoli - DWI leibniz institute for interactive materials,Germany
    A minimal invasive injectable hybrid hydrogel that provides linear support for oriented nerve growth
  2. Didem Mumcuoglu -  Erasmus MC, Rotterdam
    Development of injectable BMP-2 delivery materials using collagen-I based recombinant peptide microspheres
  3. Naruki Kimurae – Japan
    Development of injectable BMP-2 delivery materials using collagen-I based recombinant peptide microspheres


Winning Debate Team

Daniela Pacheco , Filippo Cipriani & Sebastião van Uden
FOR the motion
Will 3D-Printing or Decellularised organs rescue the donor-based organ scarcity for transplantation?