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The Stem Cell Engineering Research Group (SCERG) at iBB - Institute for Biosciences and Bioengineering of Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal aims at the development of cell production systems for the ex-vivo expansion of stem cells and/or their controlled differentiation into specific cell types, as well as their integration with bioseparation and high resolution purification technologies, to generate the large numbers of specific and high quality stem/progenitor cell subsets needed for Precision and Regenerative Medicine settings.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Advanced Cell Therapies

Advanced Cell Therapies and Tissue Engineering 2019

November 14-16, 2019

Milan, Italy

Stem Cell Community Day

Stem Cell Community Day 2019

November 21, 2019

Lisbon, Portugal

Stem Cell Engineering

7th International Conference on Stem Cell Engineering 2019

December 11-13, 2019

Barcelona, Spain

RECENT NEWS

Cátia Bandeiras

Cátia Bandeiras to Defend PhD Thesis in Bioengineering

November 5, 2019

Cátia Filipa Medina Bandeiras will be defending her PhD thesis in Bioengineering (MIT Portugal Program) on Friday the 8th November 2019 (14 H, amphitheater PA-3, Mathematics Building). During the last years, and under the supervision of Frederico Ferreira from SCERG and BERG-IBB and Stan Finkelstein from MIT, Cátia developed an open-source framework for combined bioprocess and health economics modeling, aiming at the evaluation of stem cell engineering innovations towards the commercialization of stem cell-based therapies. She used this framework to evaluate the impact of manufacturing component choices, like culture media and expansion technologies, the scale of manufacturing, and the long-term cost-effectiveness of stem cell-based therapies for type 1 diabetes and cystic fibrosis. This computational approach, based on experimental data, provided cues for additional reductions in the cost of goods, and recommendations for precision medicine of these prospective therapies. The title of the thesis is “TESSEE – Tool for Early Stem Cells Economic Evaluation”.

Mariana Branco

Best Oral Presentation Award to Mariana Branco

October 15, 2019

Mariana Branco, a PhD candidate at the Stem Cell Engineering Research Group of iBB (SCERG-iBB), was awarded with the prize of best oral presentation at the 11th International Meeting of the Portuguese Society for Stem Cells and Cell Therapies (SPCE-TC) that was held during the last 11 – 13th of October at Faculdade de Farmácia of Universidade de Lisboa. The oral communication was entitled “Transcriptomic analysis of 3D cardiac differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells reveals faster maturation of cardiomyocytes compared to 2D culture”. Congratulations Mariana!

Stem Cell Systems Bioengineering

Special Research Topic on “Stem Cell Systems Bioengineering”

October 8, 2019

Tiago G. Fernandes from SCERG-iBB is guest-editing a special topic for the open-access journal "Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology" entitled "Stem Cell Systems Bioengineering". Advances in the bioengineering field have allowed the manipulation of singular aspects of the cellular microenvironment, and this Research Topic aims to focus on outstanding examples of bioengineering approaches used to promote the self-organization of human cells and the production of tissue-like structure formation.