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2018 Award Winners

The award categories include A) Senior Investigator Award, B) ISBF’s young investigator awards, C) Travel Awards and D) WFIRM Young Investigator Award. The awards will be presented at the Biofabrication 2018 Conference in Wurzberg, Germany. An overwhelming number of applications was received for each award category. The ISBF Awards Committee has thoroughly reviewed and selected the awardees. The winners of the ISBF awards are shown below.

ISBF Senior Investigator Award

Awardee: Vladimir Mironov, MD, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer, 3D Bioprinting Solutions, Moscow Russia; Leading scientist, Regenerative Medicine Institute, Sechenov Moscow Medical University, Moscow, Russia

Vladimir Mironov was born in Russia in 1954. Vladimir Mironov finished Ivanovo State Medical Institute in 1977 as a medical doctor. He got his PhD in Developmental Biology from Second Moscow Pirogov Medical Institute in 1980. He was trained by Prof. Peter Kaufmann at The Department of Anatomy RWTH in Aachen and Werner Risau’s lab in Germany in The Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Matinsried, Germany. He later worked at The Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Medicine and Advanced Tissue Biofabrication Center in The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, USA and then at The Division of 3D Technologies of Renato Archer Institute for InformationTechnology at Campinas, SP, Brazil. Last 5 years he worked as a Chief Scientific Officer at 3D Bioprinting Solutions and Leading Scientist at Regenerative Medicine Institute of The Moscow Sechenov Medical University, Moscow, Russia. He is one of pioneer of 3D bioprinting technology and bioprinted a first functional and vascularized organ construct – a mouse thyroid gland.

ISBF Young Investigator Award


1ST Place: Tiziano Serra, PhD
Research Scientists
AO Research Institute Davos (ARI)
AO Foundation
Davos, Switzerland

Tiziano is a Postdoctoral Fellow (Research Scientist) at AO Research Institute Davos (ARI) in the AO Foundation (Switzerland). He is a materials engineer from Lecce (Italy), received a PhD (cum laude) at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (Spain, 2014) with a thesis on the development of bioactive composite scaffolds by 3D-printing for bone tissue engineering. Then he spent two years as Postdoctoral Fellow at University College London (UCL) working on design and development of 3D-printed patient specific medical devices. Since October 2016, his research activities at ARI are articulated around the a) translation of innovative additive manufacturing technologies for the repair of musculoskeletal disorders and b) development of cutting-edge 3D in vitro disease models for drug screening and personalized medicine through acoustic and magnetic stimuli for contactless cell assembly.

2nd Place: Khoon S. Lim, PhD
Research Fellow, BE (Hons 1, Chemical Engineering, UNSW), ME (Biomedical Engineering, UNSW), PhD (Biomedical Engineering, UNSW)
Christchurch Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering (CReaTE) Research Group
University of Otago, New Zealand

Dr Khoon Lim is a biomedical engineer with specialization in polymer chemistry. His research focus is on adopting a class of polymers known as hydrogels as tissue engineering matrices for a variety of applications. His research technology platform involves photo-polymerizable hydrogel bioinks for 3D bioprinting of functional tissues and also delivery of bioactive molecules to promote tissue regeneration. Khoon is currently an Associate Investigator on the Centre of Research Excellence in Medical Technologies (MedTech CoRE), Affiliate Investigator on the Maurice Wilkins Centre (MWC) for Molecular Diversity and Executive Committee member of the Australasian Society of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (ASBTE). He currently holds a prestigious New Zealand Health Research Council Emerging Research First Grant, and is involved in a number of collaborative projects involving national and international collaborators (Germany, Netherlands, Australia, Korea, Japan and USA).

3rd Place: Naomi Paxton, BASc (physics), MASc, MSc, AFHEA; PhD Candidate
Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology Group
Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Naomi Paxton is a PhD student and scientific researcher in the area of biofabrication. After attaining her Bachelor of Science (Physics) from QUT, Naomi went on to complete the Dual International Masters degree in biofabrication, run jointly between QUT and the University of Würzburg, Germany. Currently, Naomi is completing her PhD in QUT’s new ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre in Additive Biomanufacturing, under the supervision of Professor Mia Woodruff. Naomi’s research project focusses on developing customised biomaterial scaffolds fabricated using advanced 3D printing methods for bone regeneration. In support of her multidisciplinary, international research, Naomi was awarded the 2018 CSIRO Alumni Scholarship in Physics and national Women in STEM travel award sponsored by Campus Travel and Virgin Australia. Alongside her studies, Naomi is a passionate science communicator and teacher. She has over 5 years’ experience as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Student Ambassador at QUT and also participates in the Wonder of Science program as a Young Science Ambassador and Flying Scientist. Naomi has presented her undergraduate astrophysics research at TEDxQUT 2014 and was invited to share her biofabrication research at TEDxUniversityofWürzburg in 2016. Currently, Naomi is a lecturer at QUT in astrophysics and has been recognised as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


ISBF Travel Award for the 2018 Biofabrication Conference

Travel Awardees:

1) Liliang Ouyang, Imperial College London, UK

2) Philipp Fisch, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

3) Markus Lunzer, TU Wien, Austria

4) Agnes Dobos, TU Wien, Austria

5) Yong Sang Cho, Wonkwang University, Republic of Korea

6) Gianluca Cidonio, University of Southampton, UK

7) Giorgia Montalbano, Politecnico of Turin, Italy

8) César Roberto Alcalá Orozco, University of Otago, New Zealand

WFIRM Young Investigator Award at the 2018 Biofabrication Conference

Awardee: Kerstin Schneeberger, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Utretcht University
Utretcht, The Netherlands

Dr. Schneeberger is a biotechnologist by training and a postdoctoral researcher in the field of stem cells and regenerative medicine. During her PhD at the University Medical Center Utrecht (The Netherlands), she acquired expertise in stem cell biology of the gastrointestinal tract, and extensively applied adult stem cell derived organoids as disease models and for regenerative purposes. The results of her projects have been published in high profile journals (Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, Gastroenterology, Stem Cells, Biofabrication, among others). Since February 2016, she is employed as a postdoc at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Here, she is combining her expertise in adult stem cell derived organoids with her biotechnological background to create functional liver tissue models. She has been awarded with several prestigious awards and prizes, and recently received a personal grant to start her own research line on liver tissue engineering. Her personal long-term goal is to create complex organs that can be used for clinical transplantations in patients.

2017 Award Winners

The ISBF has expanded its award programs and added two new awards this year. The award categories include A) Senior Investigator Award, B) ISBF’s young investigator awards, and C) Student Travel Awards. The awards will be presented at the Biofabrication 2017 Conference in Beijing, China. An overwhelming number of applications was received for each award category. The ISBF Awards Committee has thoroughly reviewed and selected the awardees. The winners of the ISBF awards are shown below.

ISBF Awards Committee:

  • Giovanni Vozzi (Chair), University of Pisa, Italy
  • David Dean, The Ohio State University, USA
  • Paul Dalton, University of Würzburg, Germany
  • Roger Narayan, UNC School of Medicine, USA
  • Sang Jin Lee, Wake Forest School of Medicine, USA
  • Utkan Demirci, Stanford University, USA

ISBF Senior Investigator Award

Awardee: Dr. Wei Sun


Dr. Wei Sun is an appointed Albert Soffa Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Drexel University, and National “Thousand-Talents” Distinguished Professor and Director of Biomanufacturing Engineering Research Center, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Dr. Sun’s research has been on Biofabrication, Bio-3D Printing, Computer-Aided Tissue Engineering, CAD/CAM, and Additive Manufacturing. His research has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST), Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Johnson & Johnson (J&J), the Chinese Natural Science Foundation, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, and the Chinese Ministry of Education. Dr. Sun has published 450+ journal and conference papers/abstracts, 60+ patent applications, and conducted 260+ invited national and international presentations in the field of his research. Dr. Sun is the Founding President for International Society of Biofabrication (2010-2014), and currently serving Editor-in-Chief for the journal Biofabrication.

ISBF Young Investigator Award


1ST Place: Yeong-Jin Choi, Postech, Pohang, Korea

Yeong-Jin Choi
Graduate Student
Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)
South Korea

Yeong-Jin Choi received his B.S. (2012) from division of Biomaterial Engineering at Kangwon National University, Korea. He is currently pursuing his PhD degree under the supervision of Prof. Dong-Woo Cho in Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Korea. His research interests focus on fabrication of 3D functional living tissue/organ by 3D cell printing for biomedical applications.

2nd Place: Christopher Highley, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Christopher Highley, PhD
Postdoctoral research fellow
Department of Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania

Chris Highley is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and a doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. His primary research interests are in the development of materials and fabrication technologies to enable the design and construction of complex cellular and material systems, with the goal of addressing fundamental and translational problems in biomedicine.

3rd Place: Almoatazbellah Youssef, Wurzburg University, Germany


Almoatazbellah Youssef
Graduate Student
Department of Functional Materials, Würzburg University Hospital

Almoatazbellah Youssef is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Functional Materials at the Würzburg University Hospital. He studied medicine at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, and graduated as a physician in 2011. Afterwards, he worked for two years in Alhelmya Military Hospital, one of the largest trauma centers in Cairo, as an orthopedics resident. He obtained a master’s degree in Life Sciences from Würzburg University, Germany, and his interest in regenerative medicine lead him to start a Ph.D. in the Biofabrication Group with Prof. Paul Dalton. His research involves the fabrication of scaffolds using melt electrospinning writing.


ISBF Travel Award for the 2017 Biofabrication Conference

Travel Awardees:

1) Chen Chen, Utrecht University, Netherlands

2) Vera Guduric, BioTis, INSERM U1026, UniversitŽ de Bordeaux, France

3) Dhoolappa Melinamani, Shivamogga, India

4) Khoon S Lim, University of Otago, New Zeland

5) Riccardo Levato, Utrecht University, Netherlands

6) Liwei Yan, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangdong, China

7) Negar Motayagheni, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, USA

8) Paweena Diloksumpan, Utrecht University, Netherlands

9) Ricardo Ribeiro, New castle Univerisity, UK

10) Rong Wang, Maastricht University, Netherlands

11) Sejeong Yoon, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea

12) Yufei Ma, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China

WFIRM Young Investigator Award at the 2017 Biofabrication Conference

Awardee: Miguel Castilho, PhD


Miguel Castilho, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Orthopaedics, UMC Utrecht, Netherlands
Department of Orthopaedic Biomechanics, Eindhoven University of Technology

Miguel Castilho is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Orthopaedics, UMC Utrecht, Netherlands, and at the Department of Orthopaedic Biomechanics, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands. Originally from Lisbon, Portugal, and trained as a mechanical engineer, he completed his PhD studies in biomedical engineering (cum laude) in 2015, at the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. Between 2012 and 2014, he was a visiting research scholar at the University of Würzburg, Germany, and worked in a biomaterials company for the development and CE marking of tissue-engineered bone substitutes. He is currently researching the generation of cartilage and bone tissue equivalents by applying innovative bioprinting technologies, and simultaneously he is a teacher at the first international Masters in Biofabrication, at Utrecht University. Miguel has published his research in high impact journals within the field of biomanufacturing and bioprinting and he is an active contributor to international scientific conferences in the field.

IOP Poster Award at the 2017 Biofabrication Conference

The winner will be announced at the Biofabrication Conference.

2016 Award Winners

1st Place: Carmelo De Maria, University of Pisa
2nd Place: Pedro Ferreira Da Costa, University Medical Center Utrecht
3rd Place: Jennifer Huling, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

2015 Award Winners

SBF Poster Award 2015: Junko Enomoto, Yokohama National University
RM Utrecht Poster Award 2015: Gabrielle Brown, Otago University
Biofabrication 2015 Oral Award: Susan Critchly, Trinity College Dublin
IOP Biofabrication Award: Tomasz Juengst, University of Wuerzburg
regenHU Young Scientist Award 2015: Matti Kesti, ETH Zurich