ISBF Award Winners 2017

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 Senior Investigator Award

The winner will be announced at the Biofabrication Conference.

ISBF Young Investigator Award


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


Yeong-Jin Choi

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 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 Almoatazbellah Youssef

Graduate Student

Department of Functional Materials, Würzburg University Hospital Germany

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

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

WFIRM Young Investigator Award at the 2017 Biofabrication Conference

Awardee: Miguel Castilho, PhD

 Miguel Chastilho 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.