Gabriela S. Lorite received her Ph.D. in Science (2011) and M.Sc. in Physics (2007) degrees at the Department of Applied Physics, State University of Campinas, Brazil. She was appointed as Docent/Adjunct Professor of “Functional nanomaterials for bioelectronics and bioengineering” at the University of Oulu in 2019. Currently she holds the position of Academy Research Fellow and she is also the Project Coordinator of MIRACLE project (EU-H2020) and WP leader in RESTORE project (EU-H2020). Her research so far focused on multidisciplinary field combining material science and bioscience. Dr. Lorite’s team is working on development of functional and smart scaffolds for tissue engineering by employing functional nanomaterials. Furthermore, her research also contributes to the development of medical devices and biosensors towards more effective diagnostic methods.
Simo Saarakaala acts as Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Research Unit of Medical Imaging, Physics and Technology (MIPT), University of Oulu, Finland. Prof. Saarakkala has published over 160 peer-reviewed scientific articles on different aspects of musculoskeletal imaging and biomechanics, particularly focusing on articular cartilage, subchondral bone, meniscus and osteoarthritis. Prof. Saarakkala is an internationally recognized researcher in the field of osteoarthritis imaging and diagnostics, regularly giving invited talks at several international research conferences and symposiums. He has h-index of 39 and his publications have been cited over 4500 times (Google Scholar). Prof. Saarakkala’s team is focusing on diagnostics and imaging of osteoarthritis at different levels, i.e. from tissue and cell level up to the clinical level.