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[Meet My Lab] Bio-TUNE: "Fine tune of cellular behavior: multifunctional materials for medical implants"



EURAXESS ASEAN presents ‘Meet my Lab’ - a virtual meeting point for researchers in ASEAN and across the world to learn from, to connect & to collaborate with each other.

This session will featureBio-TUNE a Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions RISE project that aims to develop innovative multifunctional materials to produce a new generation of medical implants with cell instructive and antibacterial potential.

Participants in this groundbreaking international collaborative project will share about their research and the benefits of collaborating with scientific partners across the world.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, 23 June from 9am CEST to 10.30 CEST via Zoom.


About the Bio-TUNE project

In biomaterials science, it is well accepted that implant biointegration with surrounding tissues is a major goal. However, implant surfaces that facilitate cell adhesion, may also favor colonization of bacterial cells. Infection of biomaterials and subsequent biofilm formation can be catastrophic and significantly reduce patient quality of life, representing an emerging concern in healthcare.

On the other hand, research efforts devoted to inhibit bacterial colonization are frequently related to cytotoxic agents or treatments that do not positively affect host tissues. Hence, ideally, to enhance the long-term success of medical implants, biomaterial surfaces should reduce bacterial colonization levels without compromising the physiological functions of eukaryotic cells. Yet, the majority of current approaches tend to only focus on either improving cell adhesion or preventing bacterial infection but rarely explore a combined effect.

Bio-TUNE focuses on multifunctional coatings to simultaneously address and mitigate both these problems. Thus, Bio-TUNE introduces a new mindset and different paradigms in the development of biomaterials to respond to unmet clinical needs.

BIO-TUNE Publications


Bio-Tune involves a wide consortium of research partners:

  • Coordinator - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain

  • University of Bristol (UoB), UK

  • University of Glasgow (UGLA), UK

  • Max Planck Gesellschaft (MPG), Germany

  • Università di Camerino (UNICAM), Italy

  • French Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), France

  • Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM), Argentina

  • Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Indonesia

  • Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC), Perú

  • Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Malaysia


Date & Duration
Madrid, Spain
Meet My LabHorizon Europe Launch event ASEAN 2021BioTuneMSCA RISEEU-ASEAN collaboration



09.00 CET - Opening

09.10 CET - Ms. Noelia Aparicio: 'Bio-TUNE, an Introduction'

09.25 CET - Dr. Siti Hawa Ngalim: 'Navigating life as a cell with the 'limbs''. Investigating cellular crosstalk of integrin-BMPR signalling pathways in bone regeneration

09.40CET - Dr. Cristina Canal: 'Multifunctional biomaterials to engineer and repair bone tissue'

09.55 CET - Dr. Ika Dewi Ana: ''Carbonate Apatite for Implant Bio-tuning and Tissue Engineering: From Bench to Bed'

10.10 CET: 'Examples of collaboration and networking activities between Europe and Southeast Asia within Bio-TUNE'

10.20 Open Discussion

10.30 End of session



Noelia APARCIO, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain

Bio-TUNE's Project Manager, Noelia Aparicio, has broad experience in Management, Communication and event organization. She manages all projects and the Communication strategy of the Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering Group (BBT) research group at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).

Dr Cristina CANAL, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain

Cristina Canal Barnils is Associate professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), and head of the PlasmaMedLab Plasmas for BioMedical Applications Laboratory. She has participated and lead a number of research projects, as well as technology transfer projects in the areas of Textile materials, Biomaterials and Cold Plasmas. Her research has led to above 60 publications, and several invited conferences. Her research has been recognized with different awards, including the L’Oreal-Unesco fellowship “For Young Women in Science” (2012), the “2018 Early Career Award in Plasma Medicine“ and the ICREA Acadèmia 2020.She is currently ERC APACHE project Starting Grant leader in a project in the field of atmospheric pressure plasma therapy, her main axis of research being currently focused in the atmospheric pressure plasma therapy of bone cancer treatment in combination with biomaterials.

Dr. Ika Dewi Ana, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Indonesia

Dr. Ika Dewi Ana is an Associate Professor at Universitas Gadjah Mada and the Vice Rector for Research and Community Services of UGM. She is also mandatory assigned by the university to be the commissioner and member of technology valuation board of UGM Start Up Company for Drug and Medical Devices, which in 2014-2016 translated 16 medical products and medical technologies into the market in Indonesia. Two of her research works have been already translated into the market in Indonesia by a university holding company. In 2014, JICA-AUN/SEED-Net chose her project as the most outstanding CRI (Collaborative Research with Industry) Research. In 2014, she received Outstanding Intellectual Property Award from Indonesian Government. She is also The 27th President of The International Society for Ceramics in Medicine (ISCM) and Board Member of ISCM. She received ISCM Excellence Award in 2016. Dr. Dewi Ana is an expert in the design and characterization of biomimetic CaP scaffolds, drug delivery and technology transfer.

Dr Siti Hawa Ngalim, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

Dr Siti Hawa Ngalim holds a PhD in Pathology. She is a research scientist in the Advanced Medical and Dental Institute, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). Dr Siti’s research interest is on the topic of bio-interface and directing cellular behaviour. The nature of her research is interdisciplinary whereby microfabrication and nanopatterning, surface chemistry, advanced light microscopy and animal cell culture are commonly done. She was trained at the Department of Cellular Biophysics, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg, Germany (2017 Visiting Scientist); Lowy Cancer Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (class of 2013 PhD in Pathology); Newcastle University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne UK (class of 2008; MRes in Nanomedicine) and The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA USA (class of 2007 BSc in Biotechnology, minor in Microbiology).