dr. R. Levato

Assistant Professor
dr. R. Levato
  • Department of Orthopaedics

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Dr. Riccardo Levato is Assistant Professor of Biofabrication and Regenerative Medicine at the Department of Orthopedics, University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) and at the Regenerative Medicine Center Utrecht. His main research focus are on the development of Biofabrication strategies to create bioprinted and lab-made tissue models, particularly for osteochondral regeneration. At UMCU, working at the frontier between engineering, biology and biomedical sciences,  he focuses especially on novel treatments for cartilage and osteochondral defects and their application in translational regenerative medicine. For his work on biofabrication, he was conferred the 2015 Julia Polak award by the European Society for Biomaterials and the 2016 Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine Young Investigator Award.  Dr. Levato worked in several research groups across Europe: 3Bs, University of Minho, (Portugal); BioMatLab, Technical University of Milan (Italy), Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC, Spain), in the field of Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine, and holds a cum laude PhD in Biomedical Engineering (obtained at the Technical University of Catalonia, Spain).

Research Output (40)

Rapid Photocrosslinking of Silk Hydrogels with High Cell Density and Enhanced Shape Fidelity:Rapid Photocrosslinking of Silk Hydrogels with High Cell Density and Enhanced Shape Fidelity (Adv. Healthcare Mater, (2020), 9, (1901667), 10.1002/adhm.201901667)

Cui Xiaolin, Soliman Bram G., Alcala-Orozco Cesar R., Li Jun, Vis Michelle A.M., Santos Miguel, Wise Steven G., Levato Riccardo, Malda Jos, Woodfield Tim B.F., Rnjak-Kovacina Jelena, Lim Khoon S. 18 nov 2020, In: Advanced Healthcare Materials. 9 , p. 1-1

Impact of Endotoxins in Gelatine Hydrogels on Chondrogenic Differentiation and Inflammatory Cytokine Secretion In Vitro

Groen Wilhelmina M G A C, Utomo Lizette, Castilho Miguel, Gawlitta Debby, Malda Jos, Weeren P René van, Levato Riccardo, Korthagen Nicoline M 2 nov 2020, In: International journal of molecular sciences. 21 , p. 1-17 17 p.

Differential production of cartilage ECM in 3D agarose constructs by equine articular cartilage progenitor cells and mesenchymal stromal cells

Schmidt Stefanie, Abinzano Florencia, Mensinga Anneloes, Teßmar Jörg, Groll Jürgen, Malda Jos, Levato Riccardo, Blunk Torsten 25 sep 2020, In: International journal of molecular sciences. 21 , p. 1-19 19 p.

Printability and Shape Fidelity of Bioinks in 3D Bioprinting

Schwab Andrea, Levato Riccardo, D'Este Matteo, Piluso Susanna, Eglin David, Malda Jos 28 aug 2020, In: Chemical reviews. 120 , p. 11028-11055 28 p.

Endochondral Bone Regeneration by Non-autologous Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Longoni Alessia, Pennings I, Cuenca Lopera Marta, van Rijen M H P, Peperzak Victor, Rosenberg A J W P, Levato Riccardo, Gawlitta Debby 9 jul 2020, In: Frontiers in bioengineering and biotechnology. 8 , p. 1-14 14 p.

Importance of Timing of Platelet Lysate-Supplementation in Expanding or Redifferentiating Human Chondrocytes for Chondrogenesis

Rikkers Margot, Levato Riccardo, Malda Jos, Vonk Luciënne A. 8 jul 2020, In: Frontiers in bioengineering and biotechnology. 8

A composite hydrogel-3D printed thermoplast osteochondral anchor as example for a zonal approach to cartilage repair:In vivo performance in a long-term equine model

Mancini I. A.D., Schmidt S., Brommer H., Pouran B., Schäfer S., Tessmar J., Mensinga A., Van Rijen M. H.P., Groll J., Blunk T., Levato R., Malda J., Van Weeren P. R. 1 jul 2020, In: Biofabrication. 12 , p. 1-16

Orthotopic Bone Regeneration within 3D Printed Bioceramic Scaffolds with Region-Dependent Porosity Gradients in an Equine Model

Diloksumpan Paweena, Bolaños Rafael Vindas, Cokelaere Stefan, Pouran Behdad, de Grauw Janny, van Rijen Mattie, van Weeren René, Levato Riccardo, Malda Jos 1 mei 2020, In: Advanced Healthcare Materials. 9 , p. 1-11

One-Step Photoactivation of a Dual-Functionalized Bioink as Cell Carrier and Cartilage-Binding Glue for Chondral Regeneration

Lim Khoon S, Abinzano Florencia, Bernal Paulina Nuñez, Albillos Sanchez Ane, Atienza-Roca Pau, Otto Iris A, Peiffer Quentin C, Matsusaki Michiya, Woodfield Tim B F, Malda Jos, Levato Riccardo 23 apr 2020, In: Advanced Healthcare Materials. 9 , p. 1-13


Rikkers M., Levato R., Malda Utrecht, Vonk L. apr 2020, In: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 28 , p. S525-S526

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