dr. R. Levato

dr. R. Levato

Associate Professor
dr. R. Levato



Dr. Riccardo Levato is Associate 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, the 2021 Jean Leray award from the European Society for Biomaterials, and the 2022 Robert Brown award from TERMIS-EU. In 2020, he also received a Starting Grant from the European Research Council, to develop novel volumetric bioprinting techniques to build models of the human bone marrow. 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).

Side Activities

Scientific Advisor at Readily3D SA

Research Output (76)

Shaping Synthetic Multicellular and Complex Multimaterial Tissues via Embedded Extrusion-Volumetric Printing of Microgels

Ribezzi Davide, Gueye Marième, Florczak Sammy, Dusi Franziska, de Vos Dieuwke, Manente Francesca, Hierholzer Andreas, Fussenegger Martin, Caiazzo Massimiliano, Blunk Torsten, Malda Jos, Levato Riccardo 7 Sep 2023, In: Advanced materials. 35

Biofunctionalization of 3D printed collagen with bevacizumab-loaded microparticles targeting pathological angiogenesis

Abbadessa Anna, Nuñez Bernal Paulina, Buttitta Giorgio, Ronca Alfredo, D'Amora Ugo, Zihlmann Carla, Stiefel Niklaus, Ambrosio Luigi, Malda Jos, Levato Riccardo, Crecente-Campo José, Alonso María José Aug 2023, In: Journal of Controlled Release. 360 , p. 747-758 12 p.

Modulating design parameters to drive cell invasion into hydrogels for osteochondral tissue formation

Schwab Andrea, Wesdorp Marinus A., Xu Jietao, Abinzano Florencia, Loebel Claudia, Falandt Marc, Levato Riccardo, Eglin David, Narcisi Roberto, Stoddart Martin J., Malda Jos, Burdick Jason A., D'Este Matteo, van Osch Gerjo J.V.M. Jul 2023, In: Journal of Orthopaedic Translation. 41 , p. 42-53 12 p.

Harnessing light in biofabrication

Levato Riccardo, Lim Khoon S. Apr 2023, In: Biofabrication. 15 4 p.

Programming Delayed Dissolution Into Sacrificial Bioinks For Dynamic Temporal Control of Architecture within 3D-Bioprinted Constructs

Soliman Bram G., Longoni Alessia, Wang Mian, Li Wanlu, Bernal , Cianciosi Alessandro, Lindberg Gabriella C.J., Malda Jos, Groll Juergen, Jungst Tomasz, Levato Riccardo, Rnjak-Kovacina Jelena, Woodfield Tim B.F., Zhang Yu Shrike, Lim Khoon S. 16 Feb 2023, In: Advanced Functional Materials. 33 , p. 1-21 21 p.

Biofabricating the vascular tree in engineered bone tissue

de Silva Leanne, Bernal Paulina N., Rosenberg A. J.W., Malda Jos, Levato Riccardo, Gawlitta Debby 15 Jan 2023, In: Acta Biomaterialia. 156 , p. 250-268 19 p.

3D Bioprinting in Microgravity:Opportunities, Challenges, and Possible Applications in Space

Van Ombergen Angelique, Chalupa-Gantner Franziska, Chansoria Parth, Colosimo Bianca Maria, Costantini Marco, Domingos Marco, Dufour Alexandre, De Maria Carmelo, Groll Jürgen, Jungst Tomasz, Levato Riccardo, Malda Jos, Margarita Alessandro, Marquette Christophe, Ovsianikov Aleksandr, Petiot Emma, Read Sophia, Surdo Leonardo, Swieszkowski Wojciech, Vozzi Giovanni, Windisch Johannes, Zenobi-Wong Marcy, Gelinsky Michael 2023, In: Advanced Healthcare Materials. 12 , p. 1-19 19 p.

Evaluation of surgical fixation methods for the implantation of melt electrowriting-reinforced hyaluronic acid hydrogel composites in porcine cartilage defects

Galarraga Jonathan H., Zlotnick Hannah M., Locke Ryan C., Gupta Sachin, Fogarty Natalie L., Masada Kendall M., Stoeckl Brendan D., Laforest Lorielle, Castilho Miguel, Malda Jos, Levato Riccardo, Carey James L., Mauck Robert L., Burdick Jason A. 2023, In: International Journal of Bioprinting. 9 , p. 493-509 17 p.

Volumetric Printing Across Melt Electrowritten Scaffolds Fabricates Multi-Material Living Constructs with Tunable Architecture and Mechanics

Größbacher Gabriel, Bartolf-Kopp Michael, Gergely Csaba, Bernal Paulina Núñez, Florczak Sammy, de Ruijter Mylène, Rodriguez Núria Ginés, Groll Jürgen, Malda Jos, Jungst Tomasz, Levato Riccardo 2023, In: Advanced materials. 35 18 p.

Spatial-Selective Volumetric 4D Printing and Single-Photon Grafting of Biomolecules within Centimeter-Scale Hydrogels via Tomographic Manufacturing

Falandt Marc, Bernal Paulina Nuñez, Dudaryeva Oksana, Florczak Sammy, Größbacher Gabriel, Schweiger Matthias, Longoni Alessia, Greant Coralie, Assunção Marisa, Nijssen Olaf, van Vlierberghe Sandra, Malda Jos, Vermonden Tina, Levato Riccardo 2023, In: Advanced Materials Technologies. 8

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