From 2017, ICREA Professor Javier Ramon is Junior Group Leader at the Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) in Barcelona, Spain. After doctorate he performed a post-doc stay under the direction of professor Mizutani at Hyogo University in Japan on lithography fabrication, microfluidics and dielectrophoresis technic (2009-2011). After this post-doctoral stay in Hyogo University (2011) he was hired by the Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR) at Tohoku University as Assistant Researcher. The AIMR-WPI institute is the third most relevant institute in Japan and one worldwide reference in material science. He joined the group of Prof. Matsue in the device/ systems group and in April 2013 he was promoted to Assistant Professor. In this position, he was working in the integration of biosensors technology with stem cell, biomaterials and tissue engineering research (2011-2014).
My group ‘Biosensors for Bioengineering’ is focused on a new line of research that has become of extreme importance in the last years. My idea is to integrate biosensor technology and nanotechnology with stem cell research and with tissue engineering. Engineered tissues are integrated with biosensing technology to obtain microdevices (microtissues and ‘Multi-Organ-on-a-Chip’ (multi-OOC)) for detecting cellular responses to external stimuli, monitoring the quality of the microenvironment, and supporting diverse cellular requirements. This research on 3D-functional engineered tissues is expected to develop knowledge of tissue construction and their functions and relation with some human diseases. Integration of fully functional tissues with microscale biosensor technology allowed us to obtain OOC. These chips could be used in pharmaceutical assays and could be a step toward the ultimate goal of producing in vitro drug testing systems crucial to the medicine and pharmaceutical industry.