Elisa Cimetta is a Chemical Engineer who graduated and completed her PhD from the University of Padua, Italy, and first joined the laboratory of Prof. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic at Columbia University between 2010 and 2013 as an Associate Research Scientist. She is a co-founder of EpiBone Inc., a Columbia University spinoff devoted to the production of engineered bone and osteochondral patient-specific tissues. Since 2016, she is an Associate Professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padua, and the Principal Investigator of the BIAMET laboratory (Biomedical Applications of Multiscale Engineering Technologies). Elisa is now a Visiting Research Scientist in Prof. Vunjak-Novakovic’s laboratory, working on integrated organ-on-a-chip systems. Elisa’s main research interests are focused on the application of engineering principles to biological studies. In particular, she specialized in the design and development of advanced microscale technologies and microfluidic platforms for the in vitro culture of cells. The ultimate goal of her research is the optimization of biological models and cell cultures for their application in clinical settings to develop and test novel drugs, therapies and therapeutic strategies.