dr. L.S. Moreira Teixeira Leijten (Liliana)

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Liliana Moreira Teixeira is Assistant Professor at the Department of Advanced Organ bioengineering and Therapeutics - AOT (Faculty of Science and Technology, TechMed Center, University of Twente), and co-scientific lead of the Organ-on-Chip Center Twente (OoCCT). Her group on Targeted Microphysiological Systems focuses on the development of human multi-organ microphysiological systems (organ-on-a-chip technology) to investigate the role of organ communication, mechanobiology and inflammation in disease processes. Dr. Liliana Moreira Teixeira is also board member of the European Organ-on-Chip Society (EUROoCS) and co-coordinator of the bone-on-chip group of human Organ and Disease Model Technologies (hDMT).


Prior to joining the University of Twente as PI, she worked and received training in several research groups working in the fields of Biomaterials, Regenerative Medicine and Engineered MicroSystems: KU Leuven (Prometheus, Belgium), Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering (Harvard Medical School, USA), MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine (Maastricht University, The Netherlands), and Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (Department of Clinical Sciences, Utrecht University), where she was also appointed Assistant Professor. For her work on biomimetic biomaterials and technologies for the assembly of organs-on-chips, she was conferred several awards including the Young Investigator Award by Cells Tissues Organs, NWO-Women in Stem and NWO-Aspasia. Liliana is an active member of the ESB and TERMIS, where she was elected Board Member of the ESB Young Scientist Forum (2018-2022). Moreover, she serves as vice chair of the Ethics Committee and Biomedical Engineering Education Program Committee of the University of Twente. Additionally, she is editorial board member of the journals Frontiers in Lab on a Chip Technologies, In Vitro Models and Micromachines, and advisory board member of the journal Biofunctional Materials.


She holds a BSc degree in Applied Biology (University of Minho, Portugal), specializing in immunology, a MSc degree in Biomedical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal), and she earned her PhD in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Twente (The Netherlands), in 2011.


Research interests:

1) Development of bioengineered micro-systems – (multi-) organs-on-chip platforms

2) Advance precision and personalized (onco-) medicine - state-of-the-art micro-devices;

3) Creating (micro-) building blocks for modular tissue engineering.


Costa, S., Vilas-Boas, V., Lebre, F., Granjeiro, J. M., Catarino, C. M. , Moreira teixeira, L., Loskill, P., Alfaro-Moreno, E., & Ribeiro, R. A. (2023). Microfluidic-based skin-on-chip systems for safety assessment of nanomaterials. Trends in biotechnology, 41(10), 1282-1298. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tibtech.2023.05.009
Araújo-Gomes, N., Zambito, G., Johnbosco, C., Calejo, I. , Leijten, J., Löwik, C. , Karperien, M., Mezzanotte, L. , & Teixeira, L. M. (2023). Bioluminescence imaging on-chip platforms for non-invasive high-content bioimaging. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 237, Article 115510. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bios.2023.115510
Calejo, I. , Heinrich, M. A., Zambito, G., Mezzanotte, L. , Prakash, J. , & Teixeira, L. M. (2022). Advancing Tumor Microenvironment Research by Combining Organs-on-Chips and Biosensors. In D. Caballero, S. C. Kundu, & R. L. Reis (Eds.), Microfluidics and Biosensors in Cancer Research: Applications in Cancer Modeling and Theranostics (pp. 171-203). (Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology; Vol. 1379). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-04039-9_7

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