Bioprinting Winter School 2022 – From printing set-up to laboratory analysis

BioP School 2022Bioprinting Winter School provides the basic principles related to 3D (bio)printing both from a theoretical and practical point of view.

Starting from the main 3D printing techniques overview, we move on to the design of “on-demand” biomaterials, suitable for incorporating biological components, up to the development of a cellular model.

The practical sessions (CAD design, stl export, slicing, bioprinting, and characterization of the printed constructions) will help students solve problems encounter during daily laboratory and research activities.



The course was held at the University of Pavia, Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture in via Ferrata, 3 – Pavia.



Alvaro Mata. School of Pharmacy and Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. Expertise: biomaterials, supramolecular chemistry, biomolecules to build intelligent and functional biomedical devices.

Julian Jones. Professor of Biomaterials, Department of Materials, Imperial College of London, United Kingdom. Expertise: porous scaffolds for regenerative medicine, porous materials for minimally invasive diagnosis, tough sol-gel hybrids, therapeutic nanoparticles, processing of glasses, bioactive materials, sol-gel chemistry, protein adsoption to nanotextured materials, cell responses to biomaterials.

Valeria Caiolfa. Head, Unit of Microscopy and Dynamic Imaging, Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC), Madrid, Spain. Expertise: Biophysical chemistry, Light-based Imaging and spectroscopy, Biological nanoscopy, multiphototon microscopy.

Itedale Namro Redwan. Chief Scientific Officer, Director of Bioink and Tissue Engineering R&D, Cellink, Sweden. Expertise: Medicinal/Organic Chemistry, Chemical Biology, Stem Cell Biology, Biomaterials, Bioinks and Bioprinting.

Cristina Scielzo. Group Leader, Unit Lymphoid Malignancies, Division of Experimental Oncology, IRCCS Ospedale San Raffaele, Milan, Italy. Expertise: cell model, 3D in-vitro co-colture system, leukemia microenviroment.

Laura Russo. Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology and Bioscience, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy. Adjunct Lecturer at Cùram, (NUIG) National University of Ireland, Galway. Expertise: nano- and biomaterials functionalization for 3D cell culture, 3D printed biomaterials for biomedical application, Glycobiomaterials.

Carmelo De Maria. Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at the Dep. Information Engineering, and affiliated with the Research Center “E. Piaggio”, University of Pisa, Italy. Expertise: additive manufacturing applied to BME, with a particular focus on Bioprinting.

Michele Marino. Assistant Professor of Structural Mechanics, Department of Civil Engineering and Computer Science, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. Expertise: computational mechanics, constitutive modelling, enabling technologies.

Gianluca Cidonio. Post-Doc, Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Rome, Italy – Institute of Developmental Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK. Expertise: tissue engineering, novel nanocomposite bioinks.

Andrea Pisani Tedesco. Post-Doc, School of Law, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy. Expertise: law, life sciences & medical technology, litigation and arbitration.

Maria Grazia Medici. Partner e Head of Life Sciences & Healthcare, Osborne Clarke, Italy. Expertise: legal assistance in the market access and regulatory procedures relating to production and sale of pharmaceutical products, medical devices and food supplements.

Gianluigi Marino. Partner e Head of Digitalisation, Osborne Clarke, Italy. Expertise: legal assistance on privacy and personal data processing, information technology, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, wearable technology, CRM, eHealth and telemedicine.

Stefania Marconi. Researcher, Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Pavia, Italy. Expertise: biomedical devices, medical image analysis, image segmentation, 3D reconstruction, 3D printing, model post-processing.

Michele Conti. Professor of Industrial Bioengineering, Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Pavia, Italy. Expertise: biomechanics, mechanical modeling, bioprinting.


Day 1: Introduction and 3D printing

  • Introduction to the course
  • General overview on 3D bioprinting
  • Fundamentals of 3D printing

Day 2: Bio-ink & biomaterial

  • Development phases of bio-ink
  • Material characterization and evaluation of the possibility of being processed by 3D bio-plotter

Day 3: Biological modeling

  • Design and development of a cellular disease model in vitro
  • Imaging techniques of biological structures within the bio-ink

Day 4: Hands-on

Practical section in laboratory on the use of bio-plotter and biological analysis tools.