Our external scientific advisors provide input on the research, training, and innovation activities of the network, making suggestions for improvements.
Prof. Roos Masereeuw
Expert in disease modelling in 3D culturing on material scaffolds
Prof. Roos Masereeuw
Roos Masereeuw is full professor of Experimental Pharmacology since June 2015 and since February 2023 vice-dean of research at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. Between 2018 and 2023 she was scientific director of Utrecht Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences. She is trained as pharmacologist and toxicologist and obtained her PhD at Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Her research group focuses on understanding the pathways that can be pharmacologically triggered to enhance repair and regeneration processes after organ injury, in particular the kidney and intestine. For this, humanized in vitro systems are being applied that functionally mimic (patients) organs, which includes the use of innovative technologies for 3-dimensional advanced tissue cultures such as microfluidics (organs-on-chip technology) and biofabrication. These experimental tools should aid in translating molecular interactions into therapeutic effects.
Nadine Cerf-Bensussan, MD PhD, is a Research Director at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), and head of the Laboratory of Intestinal Immunity at Imagine Institute and Paris University Paris. She was awarded in 2014 the Research Prize of INSERM and an ERC advanced grant, in 2017 the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the Society for Mucosal Immunology and in 2018 the Maki Celiac Disease Tampere Prize.
Hugo is an Innovation Consultant at the European Team at FI Group, a Global Consulting Company specialising in the management of funding incentives such as R&D Tax Reliefs and R&D Grants. With over 20 years of experience in the field it is currently present in 14 countries with 40 offices. FI Group helps companies finance innovation and secure funding for their Research and Development (R&D) activities through the comprehensive management of R&D Grants and Tax incentives.
Expert in epithelial organization during organ formation
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Prof. Katje Röper
Katja Röper is a PI at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and recent EMBO member. Her research aims to tackle major questions in organ formation, in particular how molecular events affect physical properties and changes at the tissue scale. Katja’s group seeks to understand the importance of cytoskeletal crosstalk, the coordination of events and forces, and the role of spatial and temporal control by upstream transcriptional regulation, studying highly tractable model processes in Drosophila and powerful human organoid culture.
Conceição Calhau has a degree in Nutrition Sciences and a PhD in Human Biology. She coordinates the new Lifestyle Medicine unit of NOVA Medical School – Faculty of Medical Sciences of the New University of Lisbon, where she is also a professor of Nutrition and Metabolism. In the Order of Nutritionists he holds the position of president of the Jurisdictional Council.