Kristi Anseth is the Tisone Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Head of Academic Leadership of the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado at Boulder, USA.  Her research interests lie at the interface between biology and engineering where she designs new biomaterials for applications in drug delivery and regenerative medicine.  Dr. Anseth is an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Inventors, and the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences.  She is also an editor for Biomacromolecules and Progress in Materials Science.


Xavier Trepat was trained in Physics and Engineering at the University of Barcelona. In 2004 he obtained his PhD from the Medical School at the University of Barcelona. He then joined the Program in Molecular and Integrative Physiological Sciences at Harvard University as a postdoctoral researcher. In January 2011 he became an ICREA Research Professor at the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC). Trepat’s research aims to understand how cells and tissues grow, move, invade and regenerate in a variety of processes in health and disease. To achieve this, he has developed technologies to measure cellular properties at the micro- and nanoscales. He has then applied these technologies to identify fundamental mechanisms in cell biology and biophysics.


Prof Hala Zreiqat AM

Professor of Biomedical Engineering, The University of Sydney, Australia

Hala Zreiqat is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Sydney and a National Health and Medical Research Council Senior Research Fellow (2006-2020) and is the Director of the Australian Research Centre for Innovative BioEngineering. Her research is on the development of novel engineered materials and 3D-printed platforms that mimic tissue structures, particularly in orthopaedic, dental, and maxillofacial applications. She has received national and international awards, including the Order of Australia; the 2018 New South Wales Premier’s Woman of the Year; The King Abdullah II Order of Distinction of the Second Class (2018); Fellow of International Orthopaedic Research (FIOR).