They Chose OHSU: Luiz Bertassoni, D.D.S., Ph.D.

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Education
July 25, 2018
Luiz Bertassoni

Part of our ‘They Chose OHSU’ blog series. They could have gone anywhere, and chose OHSU. These accomplished scientists, promising students and leading clinicians were convinced they could do their best work at OHSU. Here, according to each of them, is why.

Luiz Bertassoni, D.D.S., Ph.D., is an international pioneer in bioprinting, where scientists use 3D printers to create or “print” human tissue. He earned a D.D.S. from Pontifical Catholic University of Parana in Brazil, a Ph.D. in biomaterials and bioengineering from the University of Sydney, and two postdoctoral degrees from the University of California San Francisco and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Bertassoni is an assistant professor in the OHSU School of Dentistry, and holds appointments at the OHSU Center for Regenerative Medicine and the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the OHSU School of Medicine.

"I’ve been interested in tissue regeneration ever since dental school. And then I got excited about the idea of generating complex tissue and organs in the lab. Right now, one of my lab’s biggest goals is to be able to engineer a fully functional organ that can be implanted in a patient and save their life.

“We are getting closer every day. We can print virtually every type of cell with 3D bioprinters in my lab. To bioprint a beating heart is much harder, obviously, but we have cleared a big obstacle. My team at University of Sydney and Harvard was one of the first to bioprint fully functioning blood vessels, which are necessary for any organ to survive.

“My lab is also working with the Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center at the Knight Cancer Institute to make living models that will help find the cure for cancers, such as leukemia and prostate.

“Why did I come to OHSU? Many of the other places I considered — brand name places — they had a sense of stagnation. OHSU was the only place where they were clearly expanding. They had a brand new campus. They had just raised a billion dollars for cancer research. It was refreshing. OHSU was the only place where I got that sense of forward movement.

“One of the big draws, too, was Jack Ferracane at the School of Dentistry. He recruited me to expand the research program here. He has pioneered a number of great things in our field. It was the place to get the right mentorship.”

"Here at OHSU we love the big challenges. We are here to do the hard work, ask the biggest questions. We aren’t just doing this because it’s cool technology. We want to save lives."

"Here at OHSU we love the big challenges. We are here to do the hard work, ask the biggest questions. We aren’t just doing this because it’s cool technology. We want to save lives."

Category: Education

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