Leal-Egaña, Aldo.

Institute of Biomaterials, Erlangen-Nürnberg University. Erlangen, Germany.

Dr. Leal-Egaña has focused his research on the study of cell-material interactions, and the design and performance of spatio-temporally modifiable scaffolds, in order to mimic pathological, regenerative and healthy niches in vitro.

Currently, his research is aimed to create miniaturized hydrogel-based scaffolds, with the purpose to study the biophysical behavior of single cancer cells during growth, intravasation and metastasis.

The research performed by Dr. Leal-Egaña is currently supported by the DFG project named “Development of a novel multidimensional Cancer-on-a-Chip platform” (LE-3418/2-1), which is carried out in collaboration with the FAU Institute of Biomaterials (Prof. Dr. Aldo R. Boccaccini), the FAU Institute of Medical Physics and Technology (Dr. Ben Fabry) and the Laboratory of Cell Mechanics (Dr. Martial Balland, France). In addition, Dr. Leal-Egaña obtained funds from the German Research Foundation for organizing the 1st International Symposium When Biomaterials meet Biophysics: Innovation without borders (DFG fund LE-3418/3-1).

During our symposium, the presentation offered by Dr. Leal-Egaña is aimed to remark how multidisciplinary thinking has generated revolutionary advances in science. During his presentation, Dr. Leal-Egana will exemplify this fact with new techniques to recreate the cellular environment, and to resemble complexes diseases at nano- and micro- scale (i.e. Lab-on-a-chip, Organ- on-a-Chip, Diseases-on-a-Chip).

This presentation is orientated describe current trends on Cell-Material interactions, Biofabrication, novel single-cell assays, and mathematical methods to study and model the cell behavior, which indeed represent the ambitioned objective for the 1st International Symposium When Biomaterials meet Biophysics: Innovation without borders.


Boccaccini, Aldo R. (Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil).

Director of the Institute of Biomaterials, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. Erlangen, Germany.

Prof. Boccaccini leads a multidisciplinary team of researchers working in the field of Biomaterials, at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg. His research is focused on a wide spectrum of areas related to biomedical applications of biocompatible polymers, ceramics and composite biomaterials.

He is a world leader in the field of bioactive glasses and organic-inorganic composites, as well as bioactive coatings, tissue engineering scaffolds and drug delivery systems. He is also a pioneer of the field of electrophoretic deposition applied to biomedical and functional materials.

Prof. Boccaccini is currently one of the top researchers in the field of biomaterials in Germany, he is a member of the Council of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) and member of the reviewing panel (Biomaterialien, Fachkollegium) of the German Science Foundation (DFG) as well as member of the board of the German Materials Society (DGM). He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS). Boccaccini was named a highly cited researcher (Thompson Reuters) in 2014, he is one of the scientists with higher number of citations in the field of Biomaterials(*).

In addition to act as Co-organizer of this event, Prof. Boccaccini will open the 1st International Symposium When Biomaterials meet Biophysics and will offer the introductory remarks to the symposium during the initial session.