The Candidates for the Board Member Election 2024

Dr. Shane Browne

Dr. Shane Browne

Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Medicine
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI)

2021 Postgraduate Diploma in Health Professions Education, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
2013 – 2014 Visiting Researcher, Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, Stuttgart, Germany (Supervisor: Prof. Katja Schenke-Layland).
2009 – 2015 PhD in Biomedical Engineering, National University of Ireland, Galway (Supervisor: Prof. Abhay Pandit).
2005 – 2009 Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering (First Class Honors), National University of Ireland, Galway.

2020 – current Lecturer, Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Medicine, Tissue Engineering Research Group (TERG), Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (RCSI).
2018 – 2020 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley (Supervisor: Prof. Kevin Healy)
2017 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CURAM), National University of Ireland Galway. (Supervisor: Prof. Abhay Pandit).
2015 – 2016 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley (Supervisor: Prof. Kevin Healy).


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Conference Presentations: 50+
Invited Presentations:
1. Anatomische Gesellschaft (German Anatomy Society) Annual conference, Berlin, September 2021.
2. Department of Neurosciences, Biomedicien and Movement Sciences, University of Verona, Italy, February 2023.
3. Centre for Engineering in Medicine and Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA, May 2023
4. Centre for the Cellular Microenvironment (CCME), University of Glasgow, Scotland, May 2023.
5. LifETIME (Engineered Tissues for Discovery, Industry and Medicine)Centre for Doctoral Training, February 2024.
6. Department of Anatomy, University of Edinburgh, April 2024.

1. Christ, G.J., Healy, K.E., Passipieri, J.A., Browne, S. Use of a Hyaluronic acid-based hydrogel for treatment of volumetric muscle loss injury. (US Patent App. 17/049,237)

Grants Awarded (Total:€1,301,901)
1. RCSI PPI Ignite Fund, €500.
2. Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND (EU, SFI/CÚRAM) Career Development and Mobility Fellowships in Medical Device Research and Development, Medtrain+ (Noemie Petit), €255,572.
3. Irish Research Council (IRC) Enterprise Partnership Scheme (Julie Gawenda/Hollister Inc.), €50,000.
4. EPSRC-SFI Center for Doctoral Training, Lifetime CDT (Joanna Chang), €224,688.
5. European Foundation for the study of Diabetes (EFSD)/Lily European Diabetes Research Programme, €100,000.
6. Enterprise Ireland Innovation Partnership with Hollister Inc., €208,920.
7. PhD studentship, Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, €80,000.
8. American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship, $106,532. (€100,000 approx.)
9. IRC International Career Development (ELEVATE) Fellowship – co-funded by Marie Curie Actions, €270,394.25.
10. EMBO travel grant, European Molecular Biology Organisation, €8,083.
11. DAAD travel grant, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, €3,200.

Awards and professional activities
• ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering Early Career Board member.
• Materials Today Bio Early Career Researcher Board Member.
• Symington Bequest awardee (Anatomical Society, 2024)
• Guest editor, Molecular Biology Reports ‘ECM-inspired Biomaterials’ (with Prof. Fabio Quondamatteo)
• Funded investigator in the SFI-funded centre for research in medical devices (CÚRAM).
• Principal Investigator in the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering (TCBE).
• Expert reviewer for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships.
• Julia Polak European Doctoral Award (European Society for Biomaterials – ESB).
• Member of organising committee of Bioengineering in Ireland 2023 conference (Johnstown House, January 2023)
• Track chair: ‘Wound healing and emerging technologies’ Bioengineering in Ireland 2023, ‘Biomaterials and Regeneration’ European Tissue Repair Society, Portugal, 2023.
• Examiner MRCS Part B OSCE (surgical training exams).
• Member of RCSI Animal Research Ethics Committee (AREC), and Scholarship Awards Committee.
• Academic mentor to RCSI Consilio Manuque Scholarship students.
• Member of the Athena Swan Self-assessment Team, Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Medicine, RCSI.
• Internal examiner RCSI (3 PhD students), External examiner PhD Viva (University of Verona), MSC thesis (Trinity College Dublin).

Invited reviewer for the following journals
ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A
Acta Biomaterialia
Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
Journal of Tissue Viability
Advanced Materials
Molecular Neurobiology
Annals of Anatomy
Scientific Reports
Tissue Engineering

Teaching Experience
2013-2014, 2017: ‘Tissue Engineering’ (BME405, NUIG).
2014-2020: Mentoring and supervision of undergraduate, graduate and pre-med research projects (NUIG, UC Berkeley).
2018: ‘Advanced Topics in Bioengineering’ (BE290, UC Berkeley).
2018: ‘Clinical Need-Based Therapy Solutions’ (BE252, UC Berkeley).
2018: ‘Biological Performance of Materials’ (BEC118, UC Berkeley).
2021-current: Anatomy to Medical students, Pharmacists, Physician Associates, Anatomy lead on Year 1Cardiovascular and Respiratory Biology modules (RCSI).

Community Involvement
• Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) event – ‘Complicated – Complications from the perspective of the ostomate’, April 2023
• Academic Judge at Bioengineering high school competition (Bioengineering Society at UC Berkeley), March 2019
• UC Berkeley Bioengineering Day, outreach to inspire high school children to consider Bioengineering as a career, April 2019
• ‘PhD in an hour – The Young Investigator Perspective on the Future of Medical Devices’, to inform and engage members of the public in medical device research, June 2014

It is a great honour to be nominated as a candidate for membership of the ETRS board. My research group develops biomaterials as synthetic matrices for tissue repair and as in vitro models of disease, with a particular focus on wound repair. Biomaterials are a key enabling technology for the delivery of a range of therapeutic agents (growth factors, gene therapies, peptides, cell therapies etc.), as well as providing a more physiologically relevant extracellular matrix for 3D in vitro model development. Thus, the ETRS is a natural fit for both the dissemination of our work and as a network for collaboration.

My experience to date in world class research institutions in Europe and the United States has given me a broad awareness of the state of the field worldwide. This makes me well placed to contribute to the ETRS as an expert in the development of biomaterials, with the ultimate goal of harnessing biomaterials to push the field forward and advance therapies for patients.

Throughout my career, beginning as a PhD student, I have been on the organizing committee for a number of local and national scientific meetings. This has involved organizing and chairing sessions, and serving on awards committees. Since returning to Ireland to establish my own independent research group in 2020 I have actively participated in the ETRS, notably at the 2023 annual conference in Coimbra where I was a session chair. I thoroughly enjoyed the meeting, strengthening existing collaborations and establishing new ones.

I firmly believe that my scientific expertise and experience at national and international levels will allow me to contribute in a meaningful way to strengthen the existing ETRS board. It would be a great privilege to serve as a member of the ETRS board and contribute to the continued growth of the ETRS.

Prof. Dr. Sandra Franz

Prof. Dr. Sandra Franz

Leipzig University, Medical Faculty
Department for Dermatology, Venereology and Allergology
Max Bürger Research Center
Johannisallee 30, 04103 Leipzig, Germany
Phone: +49 341 9725934

Professional Career
Since 06/2023 Professor for Skin Regeneration, Department of Dermatology, Leipzig University, Germany
02/2021 Habilitation in Experimental Dermatology, Leipzig University, Germany
2013 – 2023 Group leader ”Wound healing/Immunomodulation”, Department of Dermatology, Leipzig University, Germany
2009 – 2013 PostDoc, Department of Dermatology, Leipzig University, Germany
2007 – 2009 PostDoc, MRC Centre for Inflammation Research, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
04/2007 Dissertation in Immunology, University of Erlangen, Germany
2003 – 2007 PhD student, Institute for Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Erlangen, Germany


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Research Areas
Inflammatory and wound healing responses in the skin
Mechanisms of disturbed skin wound healing
Biomaterial-based therapeutic approaches in the skin

Research Projects
–  „Innovative cell therapy to promote skin regeneration“ (BMBF, SaxoCell: ZellTWund)
–  „Intradermal 3D drug device administration – ex vivo and in vivo studies“ (M-ERA.NET 2: 3D4D2)
–  „Pathomechanisms of disturbed wound healing“ (DFG)
–  „Immune responses to native and artificial extracellular matrices“ (TRR-SFB 67)
–  “Regulation of macrophage polarisation by fibroblasts – impact for the wound healing response” (DFG)

Awards, Fellowships
2018 Egon-Macher Award of the ADF
2007 Research Fellowship (German Research Foundation (DFG))
2003 PhD Fellowship (Research Training Group 592, University of Erlangen)

Organization of Conferences
11/2023 ETRS-Session “Research – Patients – Wound treatment”, 6th Wundkongress (WUKO), Nürnberg, Germany
07/2021 Session 2 “Wound healing and repair”, 3rd International Symposium “Frontiers in Biomaterial Science”, Leipzig, Germany
09/2019 Special Symposia “Matrix engineering in skin and bone regeneration”, 30th European Conference on Biomaterials, Dresden, Germany
09/2006 1st International Symposium on Regulators of Adaptive Immunity, Erlangen, Germany

Review Activities
peer-reviewed: Acta Biomaterialia, Bioactive Materials, Biomaterials, Biomaterial Science,
journals Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry, Experimental Dermatology, Frontiers of Immunology, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research: Part A, Journal of Immunology Research, Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Journal of Leucocyte Biology, Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, PlosOne, Science Advances, Scientific Reports, Theranostics

research funding organizations: German Research Foundation (DFG), Medical Research Council (MRC), Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), Wellcome Trust

Membership in scientific associations
– Arbeitsgemeinschaft Dermatologische Forschung (ADF)
– German Society for Biomaterials (DGBM)
– German Society for Immunology (DGfI)
– European Tissue Repair Society (ETRS)
– European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR)


As a long-term researcher in the field of tissue repair and newly appointed professor for skin regeneration at the University of Leipzig, Germany, it was natural for me to join the ETRS as the society is exactly representing my scientific interests. In my research, I explore the complexity of skin wound healing, and investigate the orchestrated interplay of immune cells and skin cells in tissue repair and want to understand how disturbances in the tissue environment interfere these processes and contribute to wound healing disorders. Based on this knowledge, I develop novel biomaterial-based therapeutic strategies tailored for skin regeneration. I investigate various biomaterials, from natural polymers to advanced engineered matrices, assessing their potential in supporting disturbed tissue restoration through the modulation of local immune responses and the triggering of cellular mechanisms for effective wound healing.
In the future, I would like to become more deeply involved with the society and am therefore running to become a member of the ETRS board. Topics that I think deserve our attention and that I would focus on if elected are further expanding the promotion of early career researchers in the field, e.g. through peer-to-peer exchange and mentoring programs. Another point that is close to my heart is supporting the interdisciplinary nature of tissue research and better networking the various disciplines (e.g. medicine, biology, biomaterials, bioinformatics) under the umbrella of the ETRS.

Dr. Dongsheng Jiang

Dr. Dongsheng Jiang

Address: New Songjiang Road 650, Shanghai 201620, China

Since 01.202: Principal Investigator, Institute of Medical Research, Shanghai General Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China
02.2023 – 12.2023: Deputy Director, Institute of Regenerative Biology and Medicine, Helmholtz Munich, Munich, Germany
09.2022 – 12.2022: Junior group leader, Institute of Regenerative Biology and Medicine, Helmholtz Munich, Munich, Germany
10.2016 – 08.2022: Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Regenerative Biology and Medicine, Helmholtz Munich, Munich, Germany
10.2010 – 10.2016: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Dermatology, Ulm University, Ulm, Germany
01.2010 – 09.2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Physiology, National University of Singapore, Singapore


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08.2005 – 01.2010: Ph.D. in Immunology, National University of Singapore, Singapore
07.2001 – 05.2005: B.Sc. in Life Sciences, National University of Singapore, Singapore
09.1997 – 07.2000: High School Certificate, Changzhou Senior Middle School of Jiangsu Province, China

2024 Editorial board member, Wound Repair and Regeneration
2024 Young editorial board member, Military Medical Research
2023 Associate editor, Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology (Specialty section: Molecular and Cellular Pathology)
2023 Science mentor, Frontiers for Young Minds (Specialty section: Human Health)

1. Patent: Means and methods for monitoring scar development. 15.08.2019. Dongsheng Jiang and Yuval Rinkevich. WO2019/154963 [PCT/EP2019/053089]. Related patent documents: CN112074596, US20210096127, EP3749750.
2. Poster Award, 2019, European Tissue Repair Society (ETRS)
3. Anita Roberts Travel Award, 2015, Gordon Research Conference – Tissue Repair and Regeneration
4. Travel Award, 2015, European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR)
5. Young Investigator Award, 2014, European Tissue Repair Society (ETRS)
6. Young Researcher Award, 2014, Forum of Italian Researchers on Mesenchymal and Stromal Stem Cells (FIRST)
7. Travel Award, 2012, European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR)
8. Young Investigator Award, 2012, European Tissue Repair Society (ETRS)

The process of tissue repair and regeneration is a vital and fundamental aspect of biology, with significant effects on both individuals and society as a whole. My research interests lie in this area, particularly with regards to the skin wound healing and scarring.

I was brought into ETRS in 2012 by my former supervisor Prof. Karin Scharffetter-Kochanek, when I was in her laboratory in Ulm. Since then, ETRS has become a significant platform for me to connect with influential figures in the field, personally meet with experts, gain valuable insights, and most importantly, share and discuss my research with fellow colleagues and experts in the field. Winning the ETRS Young Investigator Prize (runner up) in 2012 in Athens and 2014 in Edinburgh, as well as the Poster Prize (runner up) in 2019 in Munich, was a great honor for me. ETRS has been instrumental in my career development, and I am eager to give back to this organization.

My desire is to support the President and other board members in achieving the following goals: Firstly, to cultivate a united and dedicated young investigator community within ETRS and encourage the participation of the next generation of researchers. Secondly, to enhance collaborations and the sharing of technical knowledge among ETRS members. Lastly, to expand the reach and influence of ETRS in the scientific community, especially in the tissue repair and regeneration field in China.

Dr. Kehinde Ross

Dr. Kehinde Ross

Reader (Associate Professor) in Molecular and Cellular Biology
Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool L3 3AF
Email:; Tel: 0151 231 2567

Web of Science ResearcherID: AAX-4036-2021

Awards and travel grants
2023 RNA Society Research Presentation Fellowship
2023 Liverpool John Moores University Faculty of Science Teaching Award (FoSTA)
2019 Physiological Society Travel Grant
2019 RNA Society Travel Fellowship
2007 National Endowment for Science, Technology and Arts (NESTA) Crucible Award
2006 MRC Discipline Hopping Award
2005 British Society for Investigative Dermatology Travel Award
2004 Newcastle University/Wellcome Trust ‘Value in People’ Award


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Training and posts held
08/2020 to date: Reader in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Liverpool John Moores University
01/2024 to date: Chair, RNA Salon Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
11/2022 to date: Project lead for LJMU Thematic Doctoral Pathway programme Transformative Peptide Chemistry for RNA Nanotherapy.
05/21 to date: Co-leader for the LJMU Institute for Health Research Diagnostics and Therapeutics group
11/2021–01/2025: Honorary Recognised Supervisor, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University of Liverpool (01/11/2021 – 31/01/2024)
05/2021–07/2021: Professional Skills for Research Leaders (Epigeum Online Course System)Introduction, Communicating Your Research, Developing and Consolidating Your Research Career
04/2013 to date: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
01/2010–04/2013: Postgraduate Certificate for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Distinction), Liverpool John Moores University
08/2008–07/2020: Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Liverpool John Moores University
08/2007–07/2008: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Newcastle University /Wellcome Trust ‘Value in People’ Investigator
02/2007¬–03/2007: Visiting Researcher, Faculty of Science, Yamaguchi University, Japan
08/2006–07/2007: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Newcastle University/University of Sheffield
04/2003–07/2006: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Newcastle University
09/2000–05/2002: Research Associate, University of Sheffield
09/1997–09/2001: PhD, University of Sheffield (with Prof Steve Dover and Dr François Guesdon). Thesis title: Molecular Analysis of the Interleukin-1 Receptor-Associated Kinase
09/1993–06/1997: BSc (Honours) 2:1 Medical Biochemistry, Brunel University; Diploma in Professional Development

Patent filed
miR-184 modulators for regulating migration and/or differentiation of skin keratinocytes (International Publication Number WO 2019/224532 A1).

November 2022 to date: Project lead for the LJMU Thematic Doctoral Pathway programme Transformative Peptide Chemistry for RNA Nanotherapies.
– Established a strategic delivery board
– Created a coherent bid with a total of 12 internal and 14 external partners
– Co-led a successful bid for £6,000 Enhancing Research Culture internal funding with colleagues from the Data Science Research Group

October 2021 to date: Athena Swan Theme lead: staff promotion and professional development.
– Chaired group meetings and reported back to the School EDI panel
– Engaged with senior faculty (School Director, Faculty Pro-VC) as needed to drive objectives forward.
– Co-led a successful £13,000 Enhancing Research Culture bid, with John Trantom and Jason Boulter (both of LJMU Organisational Development; March 2023). The project is aimed at raising the visibility and recognition of LJMU technicians through engagement with The National Technicians Development Centre (NTDC) and strategic operational planning.

May 2021 to date: Co-lead for the LJMU Institute for Health Research Diagnostics and Therapeutics group (34 members in May 2021).
– March 2023: Led a successful £6000 Enhancing Research Culture bid with 3 colleagues from the School of Mathematics and Computing. This project, title Transformative Interdisciplinary Collaborations for Enhanced Research Culture is designed to foster collaboration between the Data Science Research Centre (DSRC) and the IHR D&T group by enabling machine learning and artificial intelligence approaches to be exploited in tackling biological challenges.

Committee membership and esteem indicators
• January 2022 to December 2023; International Editorial Board, Journal of Cellular Physiology.
• February 2021 to date: Review Editor on the Editorial Board of RNA (specialty section of Frontiers in Genetics and Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences).
• June 2021 to date: RNA Society Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
– Key role in establishing RNA Society DEI portal
– Key role in establishing African RNA Salon to engage researchers in that region

Grant Reviewer
Alopecia UK, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Britain-Israel Research and Academic Exchange, British Skin Foundation, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, Medical Research Council, European Research Council (2021).

Priscilla Coppa: Oct. 2022 to July 2023. MicroRNA expression and function in wound healing
Ritik Singh Chandla: Oct. 2022 to July 2023. MicroRNA expression and function in wound healing

Current PhD supervision
Chika Eze Feb. 2024 to date (part-time): Director of Studies
Lauren Tonge: June 2023 to date: Director of Studies
Emeka Ogiji: Nov. 2021 to date: Co-supervisor
Gemma Farrington Feb. 2022 to date: Co-supervisor

Completed PhD supervision
6 (3 as lead supervisor, 3 as co-supervisor)

Committee membership: Liverpool John Moores University
Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)
• May 2022: Co-chaired plenary session on staff promotion and professional development for the Athena Swan Action Plan Launch.
• March 2022 to date: Inclusive Curriculum Co-ordinator, School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences.
• March 2022: contributed to the International Women’s Day 2022 Break the Bias social media campaign
• January 2022: Provided feedback on the pilot version of the EDI/Access & Participation Plan interactive dashboard
• November 2021 to May 2022: Reciprocal Mentoring scheme with James Evans, Head of Professional Standards, Faculty of Health, Liverpool John Moores University.
• April 2021 to Sept. 2021: Black British STEM (BBSTEM) Bridge Mentoring Scheme mentor.

Selected invited events
• Invited Keynote: African Life Sciences RNA Salon, Mbarara University of Science and Technology (online). Exploring Opportunities for Small RNA-based Anti-Cancer Therapies. March 2024.
• Invited seminar: Institute of Systems, Molecular and Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool. Towards RNA-directed Therapies for Cancer. February 2024.
• Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel Discussion: Inclusion Everywhere All At Once: From Awareness to Action. RNA Society 2023. Singapore.
• Invited presentation: 4th Annual RNA Therapeutics conference (online). Translational Prospects for MicroRNA-184 in Cutaneous Wound Repair. June 2022.


I am an Associate Professor (Reader) in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), with a BSc (Honours) degree in Medical Biochemistry from Brunel University (1997) and PhD in cytokine signalling from the University of Sheffield (2001). After postdoctoral training in dermatological science at Newcastle University (2003-2008), I joined LJMU as a Senior Lecturer in Biochemistry and Cell Biology (2008-2020) and was promoted to Reader in Molecular and Cellular Biology in 2020.

My current research focusses on RNA bioscience, with a focus on microRNA expression function in the skin, along with the development of nanoparticle and peptide-based approaches for small RNA delivery to improve patient outcomes. These activities are supported by a collaborative interdisciplinary doctoral training programme that I lead, with expertise in peptide chemistry, nanoparticle formulation and RNA bioscience brought together to tackle two broad themes. The first of these focusses on skin disorders such as non-healing wounds healing, alopecia and psoriasis, while the second is aimed at lung cancer, glioblastoma and medulloblastoma. These align with areas we have prioritised in the LJMU Institute for Health Research Diagnostics and Therapeutics group which I have co-led since May 2021.

I have been a member of the ETRS since 2016 and was delighted to join the ETRS family for the meeting in Coimbra, Portugal, in 2023. I would be delighted to serve as a Board Member for the ETRS. Key areas I would like to focus on include:

• Expanding opportunities for undergraduate student engagement with the ETRS
• Determine the current baseline of engagement with the flagship European student exchange programme (Erasmus and its UK equivalent, the Turing Scheme) across the ETRS network and explore mechanisms for enhanced engagement with these schemes
• Consider mechanisms for ETRS special focus on rare diseases with a view for developing new networks that capitalise on the burgeoning RNA therapeutics field.
• Consider Equality, Diversity and Inclusion needs across the ETRS, exploiting some of the insights gained from my work on the RNA Society DEI Committee and engagement with the Equity in Doctoral Education through Partnership and Innovation (EDEPI) project

I have local, national and transnational experience in relation to several of the above themes as well as voluntary experience as a member of the board of trustees of a cancer charity. I believe I can add value to the mission of the ETRS and I commend my application to you.


Dr. Eduardo Silva

Dr. Eduardo Silva //
University of Stavanger
Dept. of Dept. of Chemistry, Bioscience, and Environmental Engineering
Richard Johnsensgate 4, Måltidets Hus i8
4021 Stavanger, Norway

Office: +47 51832065
Twitter: @silvalabUiS
Web of Science ResearcherID: M-2711-2015
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2008: University of Porto & Harvard University
Ph.D., Bioengineering – Engineering Sciences
Dissertation: Engineering Vascular Networks
Advisor(s): Mario Barbosa (Portugal) & David J. Mooney (USA)

2002-2004: University of Michigan
Ph.D. student, Dept. of Biological and Materials Sciences
Gulbenkian Science Institute, Portugal 2001-2006
Student of Gulbenkian Ph.D. Programme in Biomedicine

2001: University of Porto, Portugal
Degree in Metallurgical and Materials Science Engineering

Postdoctoral experience
2008 – April 2009: Harvard University
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Advisor: David J. Mooney

May 2009 – October 2011: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering
Technology Development Fellow
Harvard University

Professional experience
Academic appointments
Nov. 2022-current: Professor, Dept. of Dept. of Chemistry, Bioscience, and Environmental Engineering, University of Stavanger, Norway
June 2017-Oct.2022: Associate Professor (with Tenure), Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Davis
August 2019-April 2020: Visiting Professor, Department of Biomaterials, University of Oslo, Norway
November 2011-May 2017: Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Davis
2008 – 2010: Lecturer and Instructor, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University

Other professional positions and appointments
July 2021-Oct.2022: Vice-Chair for Education and Research, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Davis
April 2020-current: Member of Oversight Advisory Committee, Strategically Focused Research Network, Health Technologies & Innovation, American Heart Association
May 2020-current: Member of Diversity Committee, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
March 2015-Oct. 2022: Faculty Member, Designated Emphasis in Stem and Progenitor Cells, University of California, Davis
Nov. 2021-May 2022: Ad-hoc committee to review elections practices, Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
June 2013-Oct. 2022: Faculty Core Member, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, Davis
December 2011-Oct. 2022: Faculty Member, Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology Program, University of California, Davis
2007 – 2010: Scientific Consultant, InCytu Incorporated, Lincoln, RI, USA
2000 – 2001: Research Assistant, Biomedical Engineering Institute (INEB), University of Porto, Portugal

Awards and honors
2019 Biomaterials Emerging Investigator Award, Biomaterials Science Journal
2015 Frontiers of Engineering Education, National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
2014 Hellman Fellow, Hellman Family Fund
2014 Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
2009 – 2011 Wyss Technology Development Fellowship, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University
2001 – 2007 Calouste Gulbenkian Ph.D. Fellowship, Calouste Gulbenkian Institute, Portugal
2001 School of Engineering Graduation Day Award, University of Porto, Portugal (top 10% students)

Current membership in professional organizations
2023-current: European Tissue Repair Society 
2015-current: American Association for the Advancement of Science 
2014-current: American Heart Association 
2012-current: Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) 
2012-current: Society of Biomaterials 
2012-current: Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society 

Patents and patent applications
1. US and European Patent Ref. 9,446,107: “Scaffolds for Cell Transplantation”
2. US patent: 8,728,456: “Programming of cells for tolerogenic therapies”
3. US patent application No 20130177536: “Enhancement of skeletal muscle stem cell engraftment by dual delivery of VEGF and IGF-1”
4. US patent application No 20160114046: “Refillable Drug Delivery Devices and Methods of use Thereof”
5. US Patent filed 2018, “Thaw-Induced Gelation Encapsulation (TIGE)”


Despite starting my research in Europe in less than six months, while in the USA, I have been engaged and serving in different roles in various North American professional societies. My past commitment includes serving in multiple capacities within biomedical engineering and tissue regeneration societies as a track chair, member of ad-hoc committees, Diversity committees, and external advisory member for the American Heart Association. These experiences have prepared me to contribute meaningfully as a Board Member of the European Tissue Repair Society (ETRS).

Driven by my journey as a first-generation college student, I am particularly motivated to facilitate the integration of underrepresented minorities and first-generation students within the ETRS community. I believe that by fostering a diverse and inclusive environment, we can strengthen our collective knowledge, innovation, and impact in the field of tissue repair.

If selected as a Board Member for ETRS, I will tirelessly advocate for career advancement opportunities and initiatives supporting a diverse workforce. One of my key aims is to increase the sense of community within the society, ensuring that all members, regardless of their background, feel valued and included.

In summary, my proven commitment to service and dedication to promoting diversity and inclusion make me, I believe, a strong candidate for serving on the ETRS Board. I am eager to contribute my expertise and energy to help shape the future of the society while advancing the field of tissue repair.