Prof Riccardo Levato
Riccardo is currently Associate Professor of Translational Bioengineering and Biomaterials at the Department of Clinical Sciences (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University), and a principal investigator both at the Regenerative Medicine Center Utrecht and at the Department of Orthopedics of the University Medical Center Utrecht. His research interests focus on the development of novel biofabrication strategies and cell-instructive biomaterials to create bioprinted, lab-made tissue models and transplantable engineered grafts, particularly for the regeneration of the musculoskeletal system. In 2020 he was awarded a Starting grant from the European Research Council. In addition, since 2021, he is coordinator of a European consortium (ENLIGHT), funded under the Future and Emerging Technologies scheme (European Innovation Council pilot. To date, he has published 49 peer-reviewed articles (H-index=21), co-authored 2 book chapters and 2 patent applications, and he secured > 13 million euros in research funds for his group and related consortia. For his work, he was conferred several awards including a Orthoregeneration Network Fellowship by the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS), the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine Young Investigator Award, and the Julia Polak doctoral award from the European Society for Biomaterials. Riccardo is an active member of the ESB, TERMIS, ICRS, and he is serving on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Biofabrication.
Themes: Career planning, Surviving academia, Publishing
Topics: Biomaterials/Bioinks, Bioprinting technologies