Biomedical Engineering

Research groups

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Many rare diseases cause chronic health problems or are even life-threatening. The impact on the quality of life of affected patients, of whom many are children, is significant. To date, a limited but increasing number of so-called orphan drugs (drugs for rare diseases) are reaching patients.

However, the majority of rare diseases are still without any effective treatment. The development of novel human systems for drug discovery therefore represents a major public health priority. Microfluidic technology-based “Organs-on-a-chip” represents a powerful tool for investigating rare disease mechanisms and testing new drug and treatment due to their ability to mimic tailored micro-environment architecture inspired by organ-level functions in vivo.


Computational biomechanics and bioengineering 3D printing to develop a personalized regenerative biological ventricular assist device to provide lasting functional support to damaged hearts

3D printing to restore a damaged heart
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To validate technically and clinically novel methods to understand, and give support to tremor diagnosis.
Agencia Estatal de Investigación

By developing biological ventricular assist devices (BioVADs), BRAV3 will bring a quantum leap in regenerative medicine and its translation towards the clinic, as well as impact the development of novel medical technologies whilst greatly advancing our knowledge on human heart development.

Digital transformation of clinical practice by using patient-specific cardiac digital twins for risk prediction and therapy optimization

Construction of patient-specific digital twins of the human heart by statistical and mechanistic in silico modeling, fed with extensive clinical data collected and processed digitally
Agencia Estatal de Investigación

Customised DNA-based nanocarriers to boost heart healing

DNABEATS aims to bring advanced materials to regenerate injured myocardium.
Agencia Estatal de Investigación

Extracting the Human Motor Null Space from Muscles - A new framework to measure human neural activity

ECHOES will capitalize on recent breakthroughs in decoding the spinal outputs to muscles to develop a theoretical and experimental framework to unveil the 'motor null space' in human muscles.
Horizonte Europa , ERC

In vitro characterization and in vitro/in vivo simulation of the effect of hypoxia and drug dosis in glioblastoma growth

The in vitro and in silico study of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) tumor is proposed.

Individual and Collective Migration of Immune Cellular Systems

ICoMICS aims to develop a novel virtual simulation platform to investigate how therapeutic immune cells (TICs) detect, move and interact with cancer cells and the tumour microenvironment.
ERC , Horizon Europe

multI-discipliNary, multi-Sectoral and multi-national trainIng network on Digital biomarkErs for supraventricular arrHythmia charactErizAtion and Risk assessmenT

Establishing a multi-disciplinary network to tackle the design and the early-phase validation of digital biomarkers, specifically targeting the diagnosis of supraventricular arrhythmias (SVAs) and their associated potential for adverse risk assessment, via the joint combination of signal processing, artificial intelligence and non-clinical devices.
Horizonte Europa , MSCA


METASTRA will propose new guidelines for the stratification and management of metastatic patients. METASTRA approach is expected to cut the uncertain diagnoses from the current 60% down to 20% of cases. This will reduce patient suffering, and allow cutting expenditure by 2.4B€/year.
Horizonte Europa

ECG morphology clusters for sudden cardiac death risk stratification in coronary artery disease using genetics and human-based computational models

Integrate the information from the genetic architecture of the distinct ECG morphological clusters to understand the mechanisms underlying SCD risk.
Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación y cofinanciado por la Unión Europea (FEDER)

VAScularised Tumour Organoids on a chip with human placenta vessels as a preclinical model for anticancer therapies

VASTO Proof of Concept aims to develop and test an innovative microfluidic-based platform, which allows to evaluate the efficacy of different cell immunotherapy strategies against solid tumours.
Horizonte Europa , ERC