Farzad was born in Mashhad, Iran. He has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad. He also obtained his M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in Italy in 2021. For his master’s thesis, he joined HERLAND LAB in KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden to become involved in a one – year research project under the supervision of Professor Anna Herland and Dr. Thomas Winkler. His master’s thesis involved chip design and fabrication for modeling the blood – brain barrier (BBB), with a particular focus on the use of novel hydrogels to improve the biological functionality of this tissue. In 2022, he embarked on his PhD and joined DC MatureTissue Program to continue his studies and accompl ish PhD Topic #2 under the supervision of Dr. Andreas Teuschl – Woller , Dr. Peter Ertl, and Dr. Mario Rothbauer.
Ekaterina is a PhD student in Experimental Biomechanics as part of the Mature Tissue Doctoral College. She received a Master’s degree from the Institute of Biomedical Systems and Biotechnology (Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University). Her Ma ster’s project was devoted to studying the non – apoptotic role of p53, particularly the interaction between p53, c – Abl, and ERK1/2 in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases in in vitro models with an intention to model Alzheimer’s disease pathology. Currently, her research focuses on the micromechanics of tendons and their modifications under inflammatory conditions.
Roland Rose received his M Sc. in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine from the University of applied Sciences Technikum Wien. In 2020, he wrote his master’s thesis on the physical characterization of therapeutically applied shock waves at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Experimental and Clinical Traumatology in Vienna under the supervision of Cyrill Slezak . Afterwards, h e spent one year at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. At the Chair of Biophysics, Roland Rose w orked in the group of Friedhelm Serwane on the production of an automated cultivation platform for retinal organoids. Since April, Roland Rose is working on a c o – c ulture s ystem of artificial muscle – like constructs . The aim of t he project is the establishment of strategies that allow for a vascularized and in nervated tissue construct mimicking functionality and composition of skeletal muscle. The role extracellular matrix plays in facilitating these aspects of “mature tissue” is one of Roland Rose ’s main research interests.