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Academic background

Miguel Castilho is an Assistant Professor of Biomaterials design and processing at TU/e. He holds a MSc degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Biomedical engineering (cum laude) from the University of Lisbon (IST, Portugal). During his PhD studies he was a visiting researcher at Department for Functional Materials in Medicine and Dentistry, University of Würzburg (Germany), in the field of Bioactive inorganic materials design and 3D printing. From 2015 - 2018 he was a post-doctoral research fellow in 3D Printing and Biofabrication at the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht, The Netherlands), to become an Assistant professor at UMC Utrecht and at the Regenerative Medicine Center (The Netherlands) from 2018 – 2021. In 2021 he started a tenured position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at TU/e, and holds an adjunct appointment in Biofabrication at UMC Utrecht.

Research profile

Development of design & fabrication technologies that enable the local control of (bio) material composition and structure across multiple length scales is fundamental to understand complex regenerative processes in the human body; as well as to develop approaches for functional restoration of damaged&diseased tissues and organs. To address this challenge, Castilho team uses a material-by-design approach, combining advanced 3D printing technologies and computational design, to develop instructive materials for regenerative medicine, particularly of musculoskeletal tissues, like bone. Castilho’s research is interdisciplinary, bringing together engineers, materials scientists and cell biologists. An important focus area of the team is on exploring opportunities for translation of instructive materials in human clinics.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

External positions

Adjunct Assistant Professor, UMC Utrecht

1 Dec 2021 → …

Assistant Professor, Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht

15 May 2018 → …


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