The Universitat Internacional de Catalunya
The Universitat Internacional de Catalunya officially began its academic activities in October 1997. UIC Barcelona began the 1997-1998 academic year by offering studies in Nursing, Law, Management and Public Administration, Architecture, Humanities and Journalism, Dentistry and Business Management and Administration. After 24 years of history, university offers 16 degrees, some double degrees and double international degrees. UIC Barcelona located in two 2 campuses including 8 faculties, 1 Doctorate School, 6 university institutes and 3 university clinics.
In the academic course year 20/21 UIC Barcelona has: 8.410 students totally: they are 4.168 undergraduate students, 774 master’s students, 420 postgraduate students, 339 doctoral students, 2.467 continuing education students.
The Bioengineering Institute of Technology was born in 2014 and has a team of researchers from various fields of knowledge, which enables the university to promote research on a multidisciplinary level. The BIT’s research is focused on designing and developing biomaterials to regenerate and/or restore the function of tissues and organs, informing both basic research and the transfer of technology to industry companies.
Román Pérez Antoñanzas
PhD from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Tenure-track lecturer at Dankook University
Román A. Pérez graduated with a degree in Chemistry from the University of Barcelona (2006) and earned a doctoral degree in the field of calcium phosphate cement from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (2011).
As a doctoral student, he spent nine months in a research lab at Harvard. After earning his PhD, he worked as a postdoctoral research at a number of institutions, including the Institute of Tissue Regeneration Engineering in South Korea (2011-2013), University College Dublin (2013) and Ryerson University (2013-2014).
In 2014, he became a tenure-track lecturer at Dankook University, South Korea (2014-2016). His research interests include the design and fabrication of biomaterials that incorporate biological molecules and cells to regenerate tissue.
Jenifer Olmos Buitrago
Doctor in Tissue Regeneration Engineering (DKU)
Jennifer Olmos graduated with a degree in Biology in the specialty of Health Biology (2009) from the University of Barcelona (UB).
She belonged to the Neuroengineering research group at the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) and also to the research team at the company Aleria Biodevices (2008-2011). Subsequently, she continued her academic training obtaining the dual degree of master and doctorate in Tissue Regeneration Engineering at Dankook University, South Korea (2012-2019).
During her doctoral studies she spent a 2-month stay at Columbia University, US. Her research is based on the development of biomaterials and how their application can direct mechanotransduction mechanisms at the cellular level and thus modulate tissue regeneration.
Miguel Ángel Mateos Timoneda
Undergraduate degree in Chemical Sciences (USAL)
Doctor in Supramolecular Chemistry (UT)
Miguel Angel Mateos holds a degree in Chemistry Sciences from the University of Salamanca (1999).
He went on to complete a PhD in Supramolecular Chemistry at the University of Twente and the Institute MESA+, in Enschede, the Netherlands (2005). Subsequently, he undertook a postdoctoral research stay at the same university in the field of biodegradable polymers for gene therapy (2005-2007).
In 2007 he joined the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) as a senior researcher, hired by the Centre for Biomedical Research Network in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine (CIBER-BBN). His research focuses on the development of new inks for 3D bioprinting and development of micro/nanoparticles for tissue regeneration.
Isabel Elorduy Hernández-Vaquero
MBA – IESE – Universidad de Navarra
She has been working at Universitat Internacional de Catalunya since 2005.
She has been in charge of the management of different faculties: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences from 2005 to 2009 and Faculty of Education Sciences from 2009 to 2020. She currently is in charge of the management of the Bioengineering Institute of Technology.
Begoña Bosch Canals
Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy (University of Barcelona)
PhD in Health Sciences (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya)
Begoña holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from the University of Barcelona (2009-2014).
Upon completion, she began writing her doctoral thesis at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya. During this time, she was involved in a project focused on regenerating the corneal endothelium through dental pulp stem cell expansion and differentiation. She has completed two research stays in the Regenerative Medicine Lab at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.
Luis Maria Delgado Garoña
PhD in Materials Science (UPC)
Tenure-track lecturer (UIC Barcelona)
Luis M. Delgado graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering (2008) and Materials Engineering (2011) from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).
He earned a doctoral degree in the field of Bioengineering and Regenerative Medicine from the National University of Ireland, Galway (2018). He has complemented his academic career with work as a product, process and R&D engineer in the medical device industry.
He is currently a tenure-track lecturer at UIC Barcelona, as well as a consultant, and his research interests lie in the design and physico-chemical modification of biomaterials capable of modulating the biological response and optimising the regeneration of damaged tissues.
Alejandro Portela Otaño
Master’s Degree (MSc) in Digital Systems. Biomedical Engineering (CUJAE)
PhD in Bioengineering (University of Tokyo)
Alejandro Portela holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics and telecommunications engineering and a master’s degree (MSc) in digital systems (Biomedical, 2005) from the Technological University of Habana José Antonio Echeverría (CUJAE).
He also has a PhD in bioengineering from the University of Tokyo (2014). He has trained in the medical devices industry as an R&D engineer, leading projects on therapy and diagnostic equipment for the fields of cardiology and pulmonology.
His career then led him to work on micro- and nanofabrication techniques with a focus on designing optical and microfluidic systems for lab-on-a-chip (LOC) biosensors. His current research interests are biosensor design for in vitro diagnosis (IVD), medical telemetry systems and material characterisation for odontology and cellular biology.
Xavier Marimón Serra
Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering – UPC
Xavier Marimón Serra is an industrial engineer specialised in industrial electronics and automation.
He holds a master degree in biomedical engineering and has extensive experience in data science, medical image processing and automatic pattern detection in biomedical signals and images using machine learning.
He disseminates biomedical research by leading workshops and seminars for the general public and advocates citizen outreach of home laboratories under the DIY (Do It Yourself) paradigm, as well as FabLabs (Fabrication Laboratories).
He is currently researching the development of new biomarkers for the study of heart rhythm at the cellular level through optical microscopy techniques and machine learning algorithms. He is also researching the mechanical behaviour of dental implants and bridge structures subjected to dynamical loads and exposed to oral bacteria.
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