Universidad de Zaragoza – UZ
The University of Zaragoza (UZ) is the only public University of the Autonomous Region of Aragón, Spain and one of the oldest in Spain, created in 1542. Today has over 30,000 students and over 3000 research and teaching staff. The Aragón Institute of Engineering Research (I3A) is one of the research institutes of the UZ. Composed of more than 30 research groups and over 250 researchers, it is one of the biggest and more recognized research institutes in Engineering in Spain. Inside the I3A Division of Biomedical Engineering, the group of Applied Mechanics and Engineering (AMB) is considered one of the groups of excellence in Bioengineering in Spain and, as such, was one (under the name GEMM) of those chosen by an international commission to be part of the National Research Center on Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN), the center of excellence in Spain on these topics. The AMB group has a large experience in participating in national and international research projects in the fields of modelling and simulation of continuous systems, with applications in tissue mechanics (bone, cartilage, ligaments and tendons, heart, blood vessels, eye, …), biological systems (remodelling, growth, morphogenesis, …), tissue engineering (scaffolds design, functionalization, de and recellularization, …), and, finally, cell processes (microfluidics, cell migration and differentiation, organ on chip, …). The I3A and the AMB group count not only with the hardware and software capabilities and experience (FEA, meshless, optimization, …) to afford these problems but also with a complete lab (mechanical testing, cell culture, bioreactors, microfluidic production and scaffold characterization) to validate the proposed models and to get the relevant parameters to feed those models.
Luis J. Fernández
Luis J. Fernández received the MSc degree in Physics at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) in 2001. Then he joined the Transducers Science and Technology department at Twente University (The Netherlands) where he obtained the PhD degree in 2005 for the development of MEMS based power sensor for radio frequency signals. During the next 5 years he was involved in the development of low cost Micro Total Analysis Systems (TAS), microfluidic control elements and biosensors at CIC micro GUNE/IK4- Ikerlan Research Institute (Spain), becoming a formal partner of the center. In 2010 he received the “Ramon y Cajal Fellowship” to join the GEMM group at Zaragoza University (Spain) and lead scientific advances in the field of microfluidic devices for cell culture applications. In 2015 he obtained a fixed position as Senior Researcher at the University of Zaragoza. Dr. Fernandez has published 43 scientific papers with SCI more than 50 articles in proceedings of international conferences, and holds 22 patents (10 of them licenced or under exploitation), and 3 transfer of know-how to companies for the development of innovative products based on microfluidics. He is partner and CTO of “MICROLIQUID SL”, a company dedicated to the development and manufacturing of biomedical products based on microfluidics, co-founder of “BEONCHIP SL”, a company dedicated to the development and commercialization of microfluidic devices for organ-on-chip applications, and partner of “EBERS SL”, a company dedicated to the development and commercialization of equipment for tissue engineering.