About the author
Murugan Ramalingam is an associate professor and scientist ‘G’ at the Centre for Stem Cell Research (CSCR), Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, Christian Medical College Bagayam Campus, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India. He is also an adjunct associate professor at the Tohoku University, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan. Dr. Ramalingam’s current research interests focus on the development of multiphase biomaterials, through conventional to nanotechnology to biomimetic approaches, cell patterning, stem cell differentiation, and tissue engineering. He is the author of more than 125 publications, including peer-reviewed journal papers, conference proceedings, book chapters, authored books, edited books, and patents relevant to biomaterials and tissue engineering. He serves on the editorial boards of multiple biomaterials- and tissue engineering-related journals.
Pekka Vallittu is a full professor of biomaterials science in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku, Finland, and works as the dean of the Institute of Dentistry and the director of the Turku Clinical Biomaterials Centre. He is also an honorary professor at the University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam. Professor Vallittu’s research activity on fiber-reinforced composites started from his hobby of model aircraft and has lasted for more than 25 years. His first applications for fiber-reinforced composites were in dentistry, followed by active research to utilize fiber-reinforced composites as biomimetic materials, also in medicine. Professor Vallittu has more than 300 original research papers, 500 other papers and abstracts, and 140 granted international patents based on 17 innovations. He has been awarded a Distinguished Scientist Award in Prosthodontics and Implant Research by the International Association of Dental Research.
Ugo Ripamonti is a professor and the director of the Bone Research Laboratory, a research unit of the South African Medical Research Council and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, within the Faculty of Health Sciences at the medical school. Dr. Ripamonti is a national and an international scholar focusing on experimentation on tissue engineering of bone, tissue induction, and morphogenesis by transforming growth factor-βs and osteoinductive biomimetic matrices in preclinical and clinical contexts. He has received numerous awards, including the Marshall R. Urist Awarded Lecture at the Sixth International Conference on Bone Morphogenetic Proteins in 2006 in Dubrovnik. He has published more than 200 scientific papers, including patents and book chapters for specialists.
Wan-Ju Li is the principal investigator of the Musculoskeletal Biology and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also an affiliated faculty member in the Cellular and Molecular Biology Program, Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center. Professor Li’s research interests include stem cell, tissue engineering, nanobiomaterial, and skeletal biology. He has received the Fellow Award for Research Excellence from the National Institutes of Health and the Young Investigator Research Award from the North American Spine Society. Professor Li has published 30 papers, nine book chapters, and more than 60 abstracts. He holds three patents in cartilage, intervertebral disc, and tendon/ligament applications. He also serves in the editorial board of the American Journal of Stem Cells, the Journal of Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering, the Formosan Journal of Musculoskeletal Disorders, and the Journal of Biosensors and Bioelectronics.