School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Piergiorgio Gentile

Lecturer

Background

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I completed my undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) in 2006. From January 2007 to December 2009, I was a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at the Department of Mechanics, Politecnico di Torino, where I worked on the improvement of the bioactivity of membranes or porous scaffolds for bone-tissue engineering applications. After two years as PostDoc researcher in the Industrial Bioengineering Group at Politecnico di Torino, I moved in 2012 at the University of Sheffield, awarded with an IEF Marie Curie Fellowship (2012-2014) and then I worked as PostDoc research fellow within the MeDe Innovation project for one year.

I joined the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering at Newcastle University in September 2015 as Lecturer. Currently, I am also CEO of Geltis srl, a spin-out company of Politecnico di Torino, that is involved in the synthesis of biodegradable polymers for drug delivery and tissue engineering.

Awards:
July 2016: “Larry Hench” Young Investigator award by UK Society of Biomaterials (UKSB)
June 2015: Award for "Best oral presentation" at SIB (Societa' Italiana dei Biomateriali) congress
October 2011: Grant “Generazione impresa” provided by I3P - Innovative Enterprise Incubator of Politecnico di Torino, Italy to follow the constitution of Geltis srl.
September 2010: “Alberto Mazzoldi” award by Italian National Bioengineering Group (GNB) for the PhD dissertation.

 


Research

My scientific background is related to the design, processing and characterisation of biomedical materials (natural and synthetic polymers, ceramics, and composites), aiming to nano- and micro- scale design and manufacturing of biomimetic and innovative medical devices for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.

To date I have published 37 papers peer-reviewed papers (h-index without self-citations = 16 with more than 600 citations) in the leading journals in Biomaterials and Regenerative medicine field, including 13 as first author and 6 without the presence as co-author of my PhD supervisor, and 2 book chapter, along with 2 patents. In addition, I have undertaken a six month period of research in the laboratories of Prof Rui Reis in Portugal. My research has led to 12 oral presentations at international meetings and conferences, and the quality of my research has been further recognised with a special prize for my PhD thesis, the award of a Marie Curie Fellowship and, recently, I have been awarded with the “Larry Hench” Young Investigator prize by UK Society of Biomaterials (UKSB)

Furthermore, during my PhD and postdoctoral period, I provided collaborations with (1) Italian scientists: Dr Devis Bellucci from the Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Prof. Monica Mattioli-Belmonte from the Università Politecnica delle Marche; and (2) international scientist: Prof. George Georgiev from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, Prof. Rui L. Reis of the 3B´s Research Group of University of Minho, Prof. Zeibun Ramtoola of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dr Deepak Kalaskar from UCL and Dr Gianni Soldati from Swiss Stem Cell Foundation.


Teaching

Taught Modules

  • MEC1007: Fundamentals of Thermofluid Dynamics 
  • MEC2008: Mechanical Engineering Professionals Skills II
  • CME8056 (MEC8052) Manufacturing, Materials and Processes


Student Projects

Stage 3: 

  • MEC3018: Design for industry
  • MEC3098: Individual Projects

Stage 4:

  •   MEC3098: Individual Projects

Publications