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Provost's Fellow Fabio De Ferrari

Biomedical engineering Ph.D. candidate Fabio De Ferrari has been named a 2016 Provost's Fellow.

Biomedical engineering Ph.D. candidate and Provost's Fellow Fabio De Ferrari.

How did you become interested in researching biomaterials?

During my studies of microelectronics, I took courses about biomedical applications of modern technologies. I realized how great engineering’s contribution to medicine is, and I decided to develop my master’s thesis on the topic of organ-on-chip applications. It was during my master’s thesis, working on 3D bioprinting and artificial tissues, that I started experimenting with different materials and I decided I wanted to focus my research on biomaterials.

What kind of research have you worked on in this area? What are the broader implications of your research?

I worked on 3D printing of tissues for organ-on-chip applications. In particular, I collaborated in the development of a new 3D printing technique for rapid continuous bioprinting of multiple biomaterials. The possible applications range from printing artificial organs to any complex 3D structure constituted of multiple materials (e.g. MEMS).

What research topics do you think you might pursue?

I am interested in the possible applications of silk as a material in the fields of electronics and bioelectronics.

What made Tufts the right choice for you?

The quality of the faculty and the facilities, and the proximity to the Boston area, made Tufts the right choice for me.

Once you finish your degree program, what would you ultimately like to be doing with your time?

I will pursue a career in entrepreneurship. 

What does having this fellowship and the financial support mean to your ability to pursue a graduate education?

The fellowship and the financial support made it possible for me to join the Ph.D. program. Without financial support from Tufts, I would not have been able to afford the costs of living and studying in the U.S.