Cabral M.S. Joaquim

Cabral M.S. Joaquim

Dr. Joaquim M.S. Cabral is Professor of Biological Engineering, in the Department of Bioengineering at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. He was the founder and current Head of Department of Bioengineering, and the Director of the Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering, a Research Laboratory Associated to the Ministry of Science and Education in Portugal. He obtained his Diploma in Chemical Engineering from IST in 1976. His Ph.D. and “Habilitation” degrees in Biochemical Engineering were obtained from IST in 1982 and 1988, respectively. After a post-doctoral study at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983 - 1984, he joined IST Faculty as Assistant Professor and became a Full Professor in 1992. Joaquim Cabral's research aims at contributing for biochemical engineering science through novel developments in Bioprocess Engineering and Stem Cell Bioengineering. Stem Cell Bioengineering interests address the ex-vivo expansion and controlled differentiation of stem cells in bioreactor systems, using Hematopoietic stem cells (HSC), mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) and pluripotent stem cells (PSC), as model systems. Dr. Joaquim Cabral has been establishing an international research track record across the Stem Cell Engineering field, greatly expanded the understanding of stem cell expansion in bioreactors, and contributed to the national leadership role of IST-IBT in the field. This leadership has been recognized over the last decade also at the international level with many publications in international peer review journals and several invitations to Dr. Joaquim Cabral to Chair scientific sessions in international conferences focusing stem cell processing. Very recently, IST-IBB got the global recognition has one of the main players in the field of Stem Cell Engineering, being part of the final report of the International Assessment of R&D in Stem Cell Engineering ( (Final Workshop took place in Washington D.C., USA. May 2012). Dr. Joaquim Cabral is member of several Editorial Boards of scientific journals and of Organizing and Scientific Committees of conferences in the areas of Biotechnology and Stem Cells, Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. He has published over 400 research papers and co-authored or edited 6 books. He was member of the Section on Applied Biocatalysis of European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB), since 1986 until 2005 and Chairman of this Section from 1991 until 1996. In 2005, he was nominated Honorary Member. He was also member of Executive Committee of the EFB Section on Biochemical Engineering Science from 1999 until 2004. He serves as a member of several Advisory Boards including the Biotechnology Strategy Group of the European Academies’ Science Advisory Council (EASAC), The Royal Society (2002-2005), the Expert Panel of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK (2006 - 2012), the Expert Panel of Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, UK (1995-2005), the International Peer Review Committee of the B-Basic Program, Advanced Chemical Technologies for Sustainability, NWO, The Netherlands, (2004 -2007) and currently is the President of the Exact Sciences and Engineering Scientific Council of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (since 2009).

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Instituto Superior Técnico, Department of Bioengineering,Lisboa, Portugal

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