Student and Young Investigator Section (SYIS)

Student involvement is a critical component of TERMIS. SYIS provides a platform for the "next generation" of scientists and engineers in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine to interact. SYIS aims to further the professional and scientific development of its members. The TERMIS definition for a Student member is any individual, who is engaged as a full-time graduate or undergraduate, in a university or college program and is actively involved in research in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Young Investigators are defined as persons who are employed by an academic institution in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, who have been awarded their doctoral degree within the past 3 years and who are not holding an appointment as a faculty or academic staff in a university/research institute.

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What does the SYIS do for you?

The SYIS-EU Council organizes several activities during TERMIS-EU chapter meetings and World conferences if held in the EU. Read about them below!

SYIS Presentation Awards (members only)

During the conference, SYIS assigns several awards for oral and poster presentations to students and young researchers who have demonstrated excellence in presenting their work at the conference. A pre-selection based on submitted abstracts is done beforehand. Only SYIS TERMIS members who have registered by the early-bird registration deadline are eligible for the awards.

Meet-the-mentor lunch sessions (members only)

The meet-the-mentor lunch sessions are a recurring activity during the conferences. We provide you with the opportunity to meet scientific leaders in an informal and relaxed atmosphere for fruitful chats and discussions about research interests and career paths. This is a great networking opportunity for young researchers and can open doors towards interesting future opportunities. This activity is only available for TERMIS members who have registered for the conference before the early bird registration deadline.

SYIS Co-Chairing for Scientific Sessions (priority for members)

This provides a unique opportunity for students and young investigators to co-chair a scientific session with leading scientists. Together with the other co-chairs, you will ensure smooth operations of the session, including announcing speakers, time management, and facilitating the discussion. All SYIS delegates (members and non-members) are welcome to participate, but members will be given priority in case of limited availability.

Panels and seminars (open to all conference delegates)

Each year, SYIS organizes at least two panels, seminars, or workshops during the conference. The goal is to have interactive, informal panel discussions about varying (scientific) topics that are of most interest for young scientists. These activities are open to all participants.

Recent topics discussed during SYIS seminars are “Green Lab” (2022, Krakow) and “How to start a biotech startup” (2023, Manchester).

The Career Panel is a recurring event during the conferences where we invite life sciences scientists to informally chat about their career path. This provides a unique platform to ask all your questions to people who have taken a certain career route. Previous panelists include:

2023 Manchester, UK

  • Kate Dobbs, PhD – Research and Business Engagement Office, Henry Royce Institute, UK
  • Todd Burton – Associate Director TechCore, Mimetas, Netherlands
  • Christine Hahn – Exploration Scientists Space Biology – European Space Agency
  • Merlin Fox, PhD – Associate Publisher Books, Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Remmi Danae Baker-Sediako, PhD – Live Sciences Business Development Manager, Nanoscribe, Germany
  • Miya Kang, PhD – Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Chicago, USA

2022 Krakow, Poland

  • Pasi Kaskinen, PhD – Director of Sales & Marketing, Brinter, Finland
  • Zuzana Kočí, PhD - Junior Medical Lead for Rare Diseases, Novartis, Czech Republic
  • James Armstrong, PhD - UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, University of Bristol, UK
  • Lizette Utomo, PhD – Scientific Project & Research Manager, Utrecht University, Netherlands

2021 World Conference Maastricht (online)

  • Prof. Marianna Tryfonidou, DVM, PhD, Dipl ECVS - Professor of Veterinary Regenerative Orthopedics, Utrecht University, Netherlands
  • Prof. Kent Leach, PhD - Professor of Biomedical Engineering, UC Davis, USA
  • Michael Monaghan, PhD - Assistant Professor Biomedical Engineering, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Gabriel Liguori, PhD - CEO TissueLabs, Switzerland
  • Mikhail Tsurkan, PhD - Co-founder & CEO TissueGUARD, Germany
  • Arianna Ferrini, PhD - Scientific Medical Writer, UK
  • Matilde Bongio, PhD - Scientific Illustrator, Italy
  • Christine-Maria Horej, PhD - Chief Editor of Nature Reviews Materials, UK
  • Raquel Almeida, PhD - Senior Consultant, Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação, Portugal

SYIS Social Night (members only)

Together with the local SYIS committee, the SYIS-EU Council organizes a social night to provide a unique and incredibly fun opportunity to meet friends and fellow young scientists whilst enjoying drinks and snacks. This activity is only available for TERMIS members and may be a ticketed event depending on the available venue.


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Meet the TERMIS-SYIS EU Council Members

Meet the hard working team behind all SYIS activities.


Lizette Utomo - SYIS-EU Chair

Lizette Utomo was trained as a technical physician the University of Twente, the Netherlands specializing in Reconstructive Medicine. In 2013, she completed her MSc degree focusing on cartilage decellularization for regenerative strategies at the dept of Otorhinolaryngology at the Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Rotterdam, NL in the group of Prof. Gerjo van Osch. She completed her PhD in 2018 at the dept of Orthopaedics of Erasmus MC University Medical Center under Prof. van Osch where she focused on macrophage phenotypes in degenerative joint diseases. As part of her PhD, she also worked at the Galeazzi Orthopaedic Institute in Milan, Italy in the group of dr. Matteo Moretti where she worked with microfluidic systems for osteoarthritis research. From 2018-2021 she worked as a postdoc at the dept. of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery the University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands in the group of dr. Debby Gawlitta where she worked on tissue engineering of the mandibular condyle. As part of the postdoc project, she worked at the AO Research Institute in Davos, Switzerland in the group of Prof. Martin Stoddart. As of August 2020, she joined the Regenerative Orthopedics group headed by Prof. Marianna Tryfonidou at the faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University where she has a dual position. As senior postdoctoral researcher she is involved in the osteoarthritis research of the group and is leading the working on local drug delivery for osteoarthritis management. As Scientific Project & Research Manager, where she contributes to project managing with a special focus on the H2020 iPSpine project.


Sebastien Callens - SYIS-EU Chair-elect

Sebastien Callens is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the group of Prof. Molly Stevens at Imperial College London, where he works on designing and characterising cell-material interfaces for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. He was awarded a Rubicon Fellowship from the Dutch Research Council to support his work on structured biomaterials for bone tissue engineering. Sebastien has a broad and interdisciplinary engineering background, and is strongly interested in integrating theoretical, computational and experimental techniques to tackle fundamental questions in biology and advance the field of regenerative medicine. His research interests include tissue engineering, biomaterials design, biomechanics, mechanobiology, 3D printing, computational geometry, and quantitative image analysis.

After obtaining his MSc on aerospace structures and materials at Delft University of Technology in 2017, Sebastien pursued a PhD in biomaterials and tissue biomechanics at the same university, under supervision of Prof. Amir A. Zadpoor, which he obtained (cum laude) in May 2021. In 2020, he was a visiting researcher in the Bone Biomechanics Lab of Prof. Ralph Müller at ETH Zurich, supported by an IDEA League exchange grant. Over the course of his PhD, Sebastien has developed a strong passion for science communication, which led him to participate in various pitching competitions, organize workshops for children, and disseminate his science to wide audiences on various occasions and across different platforms.

SYIS-EU Secretary 

Anne Metje van Genderen

Anne Metje van Genderen is working as a postdoctoral researcher in the Pharmacology department at Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences (Utrecht University, The Netherlands). Here, she is appointed within the Virtual Human Platform for Safety Assessment consortium (VHP4Safety), where she uses kidney tubuloids to model and study nephrotoxicity caused by pharmacotherapy. During her PhD, Anne Metje worked on the development of engineered vascularized proximal tubules for studying kidney (diseases), via the use of various biofabrication techniques (melt electrowriting, co-axial printing, and more). Her PhD was performed under the guidance of Prof. Roos Masereeuw, Prof. Tina Vermonden and Dr. Jitske Jansen. Additionally, supported by a personal grant, she performed part of her PhD at Harvard Medical School in the lab of Dr. Yu Shrike Zhang (Cambridge, MA, USA).






SYIS-EU Treasurer

Gaëtan Roudier

Gaëtan Roudier is currently a PhD student at the University of Bordeaux (France) in the Laboratory for the Bioengineering of Tissues, where he works under the supervision of Dr. Nicolas L’Heureux. His work is focused on the development of tissue engineered vascular grafts produced by weaving yarn of cell-assembled extracellular matrix. He graduated from the University of Bordeaux where he obtained a BSc in Biochemistry and a MSc in Biomaterials. As part of its undergraduate project, he was involved in an exchange with students from the University of Cincinnati (USA). Later, his Master thesis was done at the Trinity Center for Biomedical Engineering in Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), under the supervision of Dr. Michael Monaghan. Here, we worked on the optimization of the production of 3D electroconductive porous scaffolds for cardiac tissue engineering. Driven by the goal to translate research from lab to bedside, he also graduated from the University of Paris (France) with a MSc in Bioentrepreneurship. His Master project led him to run a program of translational research in an academic environment, SPARK Bordeaux, as part of the SPARK Global network. This aimed to support researchers with innovative projects, as a response to unmet medical needs, to get their idea to the clinic. Gaëtan is currently a member of the International Society for Applied Cardiovascular Biology (ISACB), where he is part of the Young Investigators Committee, which aims to organize symposia, webinars and other events dedicated to the young researchers community.


SYIS-EU Council Member

Gabriele Nasello

Gabriele NaselloGabriele Nasello is a postdoctoral researcher at the Skeletal Biology and Engineering Research Center of KU Leuven (Belgium), in the research group of Prof. Liesbet Geris. Here, he is characterizing the immune response to the implantation of tissue engineered bone grafts, with a specific focus on biomaterials and bioinformatics.

Gabriele is experienced in multidisciplinary and international research environments based in Europe and in the United States of America. He earnt a joint PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) and KU Leuven. He was an early-stage researcher of a MSCA-ITN project, during which he worked at Materialise company (Belgium), the National University of Ireland Galway (Ireland) and The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (England). Before his PhD, he joined twice the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine (USA) as a visiting researcher on tissue engineering. Gabriele is a huge supporter of open science and he is committed to make his scientific research freely accessible to colleagues and peers.


Communications Officer (Communications & Outreach Committee)

Alessia Paradiso

Alessia is a PhD Candidate at the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland. She is originally from Turin (Italy), where she earned a BSc degree in Biomedical Engineering, followed by an MSc in the same field, both from Politecnico di Torino. In 2017, she moved to the United States (USA, Boston) to undertake her master's thesis at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. In 2018, she relocated to Poland to start her international PhD Studies in the Biomaterials Group under the mentorship of Professor Wojciech Swieszkowski. Here, she has been expanding her skills in designing, characterizing, and functionalizing biocompatible hydrogels. Her research interests revolve around microfluidic-assisted 3D-(bio)printing techniques for soft tissue engineering. She mainly works in the biofabrication field to develop hydrogel-based fibrous scaffolds for tissue micro-vascularization using co-axial wet-spinning technologies. Her interests also include plant-based biomaterials and 3D scaffolding techniques. She is particularly passionate about science communication and popularization, fair journalism, and storytelling.

Desire Venegas Bustos

Desiré Venegas Bustos is currently a PhD student at the Bioforge Lab under the mentorship of Prof. José Carlos Rodríguez Cabello, at the University of Valladolid (Spain). Her research interest focuses on pioneering therapies aimed at addressing diffuse cartilage lesions through the integration of cell therapy and advanced biomaterials.

Desiré initiated her academic pursuit at the University of Granada, earning her Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology in 2019, and her Master’s degree in Translational Research and Personalized Medicine in 2020. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, she delved into the realm of cartilage regeneration, exploring the use of bioartificial constructs derived from 3D printed biomaterial scaffolds, under the supervision of Prof. Juan Antonio Marchal Corrales. Leveraging her expertise in cartilage disorders and her interests in biomaterials, she moved to Valladolid to start her doctoral studies, aiming to expand her understanding of regenerative medicine.

Outside the laboratory, she is passionate about gaining insights from different cultures through visits to new countries and savouring international cuisines.


Strategic Alliance Committee

Julian Gonzalez-Rubio

Julian Gonzalez-Rubio is a PhD student in the Respiratory Tissue Engineering research group of Dr. Lena Thiebes and Dr. Christian Cornelissen, within the Department of Biohybrid & Medical Textiles (BioTex) of Prof. Stefan Jockenhoevel, at the RWTH University Aachen (Germany). His research interest focuses on the formation of blood vessels in development and regeneration, the function and pathology of the airway epithelium, and the application of these nature mechanisms to improve the tissue engineering of the respiratory system.

He is originally from Madrid (Spain) where he also conducted his Bachelor's Studies in Biotechnology at the CEU San Pablo University. He carried out his bachelor's thesis and research internship at the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology of Madrid, in the field of synthetic scaffolds for osteochondral regeneration under the supervision of Dr. Luis Rojo. He later moved to Germany to do an International Master's in Stem Cell Biology at the Ruhr University of Bochum, finishing with a master’s thesis on the 3D bioprinting of skeletal muscle constructs.


Viktoriya Chaskovska


Past Council Members


  • Lisanne Laagland - Strategic Alliance Committee
  • Julia Fernandez Perez - Communications & Outreach Committee
  • Gianluca Cidonio - Communications & Outreach Committee
  • Arianna Ferrini - SYIS-EU Chair and Advisor
  • Pedro Diaz-Payno - Secretary
  • William Lackington - Treasurer
  • Zuzana Kočí - Strategic Alliance Committee
  • Martina Crippa - Strategic Alliance Committee
  • Filippo Cipriani - SYIS-EU Chair and Advisor
  • Dilip Thomas - SYIS-EU Chair
  • Raquel Almeida - Communications & Outreach Committee


2023 TERMIS-EU Award Recipients (Manchester, UK)

Podium presentations
1st: Tara Ní Néill
2nd: Lisanne T. Laagland
3rd: Monize Caiado Decarli

Poster presentations
1st: Andrea Mazzoleni
2nd: Alba Martinez Basalo
3rd: Kavya Ganabady


2023 TERMIS-EU Travel Award (in no particular order)

Seung Hun (Sean) Lee & Ilijana Kovrlija


2022 TERMIS-EU Award Recipients (Kraków, Poland)

Podium presentations
1st: Zehra Uyar-Aydin
2nd: Zuzana Koci
3rd: Camilla Paoletti

Poster presentations
1st: Sorour Nemati
2nd: Adrián Cerveró-Varona
3rd: Shane Clerkin


2021 World TERMIS Award Recipients (Maastricht, The Netherlands)


2019 TERMIS-EU Award Recipients (Rhodes, Greece)

SYIS Podium presentations
1st: Mireia Hoyos-Nogués
2nd: Vianney Delplace  

SYIS Poster presentations
1st: Andrea Schwab
2nd: Daniela Frauchiger

RSC Biomaterials Science Winners
1st: Alexandre Trotier
2nd: Qasim Majid
3rd: Daniella Duarte Campos

1st: Ana Cartaxo
2nd: Pascal Gervois
3rd: Camille Marijon

RSC Journal of Materials Chemistry Part B Winners
1st Mariana Carranca
2nd Alessandro Torchio
3rd Michele Carrabba

1st Marisa Assunção
2nd Raphael Canadas
3rd Maria Markou

Debate Winning Team
James Britton, Meletios Nikolaos Doulgkeroglou, Emily Growney Kalaf


2017 TERMIS-EU Award Recipients (Davos, Switzerland)

SYIS Podium Presentations (Sponsored by IOP Publishing)
1st: Irene Mencia Castano
2nd: Angela Lemke
3rd: Tatjana Flora

SYIS Rapid Fire Presentations
1st: Clara Louise Hedegaard
2nd: Christian H. Bucher
3rd: Dharaminder Singh

SYIS Poster Presentations (Sponsored by ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering)
1st: Abdolrahman Omidinia-Anarkoli
2nd: Didem Mumcuoglu
3rd: Naruki Kimurae

SYIS Winning Debate Team
Daniela Pacheco, Filippo Cipriani & Sebastião van Uden