7th International Conference on Stem Cell Engineering 2019

From Organoids to Synthetic Embryo: Tools, Technologies, and Novel Applications
December 11-13, 2019

Presented by the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE), this conference will bring together leaders and trainees from cutting edge fields of stem cell engineering to develop the next-generation of stem cell technologies.

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Preliminary Technical Program

Human-based tissue models are emerging as new tools to understand human development, for regenerative therapy as well as disease modeling or drug discovery. In past years we have witnessed development of novel human based multicellular systems from various type of stem cells via using self-organization capacity of cells. These cellular systems were named organoids, gastruloids, synthetic embryos based on the similarities to their in vivo counterparts. The 7th International Conference on Stem Cell Engineering 2019 will bring together interdisciplinary group of scientists to discuss basics to translational aspects of these human based models as well as emerging computational and engineering technologies that can be employed to achieve the fullest potential of such cellular systems. The conference will be held on December 11-13, 2019 in Barcelona Spain.

Keynote Speakers

Guest Speaker

Invited Speakers

Session Topics 

  • Organoids
  • Technologies for the In Vitro Morphogenesis
  • Synthetic Embryo: Modeling Early Developmental 
  • Engineering Approaches to Tackle of In Vitro Human Tissues
  • Stem Cells, Novel appplications and the Future 

Conference Chairs

Organizing Committee 


Emma Rawlins on Stem Cell Engineering

October 15, 2019

A preview of the work Emma Rawlins of the Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, will discuss at the upcoming 7th International Conference on Stem Cell Engineering in Barcelona.

Featured Speakers

Ricard Solé

I am ICREA research professor (the Catalan Institute for research and Advanced Studies) currently working at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, where I'm the head of the Complex Systems Lab located at the PRBB. I teach undergraduate courses on Biomathematics, Biological Design and cComplex Diseases. I completed degrees in both Physics and Biology at the University of Barcelona and received my PhD in Physics at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. I am also External Professor of the Santa Fe Institute (New Mexico, USA), Fellow of the European centre for Living Technology (Venice, Italy),...Read more

Emma Rawlins

Emma Rawlins is an MRC Senior non-clinical fellow based at the Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge and her laboratory works on lung developmental and stem cell biology and regeneration.

Specific questions addressed include: How are our lungs built and maintained? How does this go wrong in disease? Can we use our insights from developmental biology to induce effective lung regeneration? Or to promote improved maturation of premature lungs?

The laboratory uses a combination of human embryonic lung organoids and mouse genetics as model systems. They perform multiple...Read more

Mark Post

Dr Mark Post, MD/PhD, has had several appointments as assistant professor at Utrecht University, Harvard University, as associate professor at Dartmouth college, and as full professor at Eindhoven University of Technology and Maastricht University. He currently holds the chair of the Physiology Department at Maastricht University. He is visiting professor at Harvard, University of Modena and faculty at Singularity University. His main research interest is the engineering of tissues for medical applications and for food. The medical applications focus on the construction of blood vessels...Read more

Susana M. Chuva de Sousa Lopes

Susana M. Chuva de Sousa Lopes, PhD is Associate Professor in the Dept. of Anatomy and Embryology at the Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden the Netherlands. She was appointed Guest Professor at the Dept. Reproductive Medicine, University Ghent, Belgium in 2013. Her group focuses on investigating the developmental trajectories of human organs and tissues, with a particular interest for the germline and urogenital organs. Based on the transcriptional profiles of over a hundred different human (fetal) organs, including the kidney and gonads, her group has developed a mathematical...Read more

Ben Cosgrove

Ben Cosgrove completed his Ph.D. in Bioengineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the joint supervision of Dr. Doug Lauffenburger and Dr. Linda Griffith. His Ph.D. research established on experimental and computational systems biology tools to elucidate cytokine signaling network mechanisms regulating liver hepatocyte cell-fate decisions, and was supported by a Whitake Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Dr. Cosgrove's postdoctoral research was supervised by Dr. Helen Blau at Stanford University and was focused on engineering ex vivo strategies employing biomimetic...Read more

Tara Deans

My research program utilizes molecular biology, genetic engineering, and mathematical modeling to develop functional platforms of synthetic biology tailored for applications in stem cell biology, regenerative medicine, drug delivery, cell-based therapeutics, and disease monitoring. My lab also interfaces synthetic biology and biomaterials to engineer bioinspired dynamic microenvironments to enhance stem cell proliferation in vitro.

Based upon the need for improved tools to enhance the production of platelets and red blood cells in vitro to be used for therapeutic applications, our...Read more

Jianping Fu

Dr. Fu is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  His group integrates micro/nanoengineering, single-cell technologies, and systems and synthetic biology methods with new discoveries of mechanobiology, epigenetics, and stem cell biology for advancing understandings of human development and cancer biology.  Dr. Fu is the recipient of the American Heart Association Scientist Development Award (2012), the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2012), the UM Mechanical Engineering Outstanding Faculty Achievement Award (2014), the...Read more

Eri Hashino

Eri Hashino, Ph.D. is the Ruth C. Holton Professor and the Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine.  She also serves as the Founding Director of the 3D Stem Cell Biology Research Group.  Dr. Hashino’s laboratory recently established a novel 3D stem cell culture system to recapitulate embryonic inner ear development in vitro from human pluripotent stem cells.  Using this model system along with genome editing technology and single-cell genomics, she and her colleagues are studying how...Read more

Zhisong He

Postdoc in Prof. Dr. Barbara Treutlein's lab in ETH Zurich, D-BSSE in Basel, Switzerland.

I graduated from Zhejiang University in 2009, with BSc degree of Bioinformatics. Working for half a year in Dr. Ming Chen's lab, I finished my thesis of "miRPreditor: a novel miRNA target predictor based on SVM with feature analysis". After that, I became a PhD student in PICB, a cooperating institute between Chinese Academy of Sciences, China and Max Planck Society, Germany, and entered Dr. Philipp Khaitovich's group, the Comparative Biology group, in April 2010. In the next...Read more

Todd McDevitt

Todd McDevitt, PhD is a Senior Investigator at the Gladstone Institutes, a Professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and Director of the Bioengineering Graduate Program at UCSF. The primary objective of Dr. McDevitt’s research is to engineer stem cell technologies capable of directing differentiation and morphogenesis more effectively in order to create new models of development and disease, novel drug screening platforms, and regenerative medicine therapies. The McDevitt laboratory has been a leader in the development of novel 3D suspension culture platforms for stem cell morphogenesis and scalable biomanufacturing.Read more

Nicolas Rivron

Nicolas Rivron is a stem cell biologist and a tissue engineer. He leads the laboratory for synthetic mammalian development at the IMBA in Vienna. His laboratory created the blastoid system, the first model of the pre-implantation conceptus generated solely from stem cells. His laboratory also develops microsystem screening platforms and computational technologies to systematically induce, modulate, and analyze self-organization in vitro.Read more

Jordi Guiu

Jordi Guiu did his PhD in Anna Bigas laboratory (IMIM and Pompeu Fabra University-Barcelona) were he focused on the genetic circuitry that controls the establishment of hematopoietic stem cells during development. Then he joined Kim B. Jensen lab (Copenhagen University) as a postdoc, were he obtained a Marie Curie fellowship. His current research is focused on the specification of intestinal stem cells during development using fate mapping technologies, state of the art imaging, biophysical modeling and a plethora of sequencing techniques. The first part of this work has been recently...Read more

Marta Shahbazi

Marta Shahbazi will start as a junior group leader at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in February 2020, focusing on how epithelial tissue shape regulates stem cell identity during development and regeneration. Marta did her PhD at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) under the supervision of Mirna Perez-Moreno, working on the basic mechanisms that preserve the shape and integrity of epidermal stem cells. For her post-doctoral training she joined the laboratory of Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz at the University of Cambridge to study the morphogenesis of the embryo at the...Read more

Shoji Takeuchi

Graduated in 1995 with a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering, 1997 with a Masters in Mechano-Informatics and 2000 with a Ph.D. in Mechano-Informatics, all from the University of Tokyo, Shoji Takeuchi maintains a position as a Professor at his Alma Mater within the Graduate school of Information Science and Technology at the Department of Mechano-Informatics. 
He has won awards throughout his educational career, notably the MEXT Young Investigator Prize, Nakatani Award, The Ichimura Prize in Science for Distinguished Achievement, and the UNESCO Netexplo...Read more