Dr. Juan Crespo
Professor of the Degree in Industrial Engineering
Research Leader in Design & Living Systems at Elisava Research
I try to combine science and engineering with design and living systems. I like the idea to connect in a transdisciplinary way these two areas of knowledge, projecting them from a nexus position, perhaps as a bio inventor profile.
In my previous research, I deepened in the manufacture of living artificial tissues (cells + scaffold + stimulation) within the framework of regenerative medicine, trying to generate living tissue that could replace or stimulate the regeneration of the damaged ones. In this process I obtained the patent of a device that helped to mature this kind of heart tissue (OEPM M.D.U. 201630561).
Currently, my interest is focused on investigating and reflecting on the relationship between the living and the inert: how in the near future engineering and design will integrate living systems as another component. Academically, my efforts are centred towards moving forward at Design & Living Systems research line and transcends this knowledge to the classroom, making design and living systems the basis of a new project methodology.