Imperial College London

DrRobertoPortillo Lara

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Bioengineering

Research Development Manager



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Dr Roberto Portillo Lara joined the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London in 2020 as a Research Associate in the Polymer Bioelectronics Group led by Prof Rylie Green. His research focuses on the development of biomedical technologies for theragnostic applications based on the implementation of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine approaches.

Dr Portillo Lara possesses extensive expertise in the culture of cells and tissues in vitro, as well as in animal models for preclinical assessment of biomedical technologies in vivo. Throughout his career, he has been involved in a wide range of projects with a strong translational component, ranging from wound dressings, systems for controlled drug release and surgical bioadhesives, to the engineering of cardiovascular, orthopaedic, and musculoskeletal tissue constructs for a variety of biomedical applications.

At Imperial College, Dr Portillo Lara leads the "Living Electrode" project, a multi-disciplinary effort funded by the European Research Council aimed at the development of tissue-engineered neural interfaces for implantable bioelectronics. This innovative approach is based on establishing functional synapses between implantable bionic devices and the nervous system, in order to provide a safer and more natural mode of tissue interfacing to drive the next generation of neurotechnologies.

Apart from his research, Dr Portillo Lara is one of the postdoc representatives at the Department of Bioengineering, and he is actively involved in different science outreach and entrepreneurial activities within and outside the College.


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Heck J, Goding J, Lara RP, et al., 2022, The influence of physicochemical properties on the processibility of conducting polymers: A bioelectronics perspective, Acta Biomaterialia, Vol:139, ISSN:1742-7061, Pages:259-279

Portillo-Lara R, Goding JA, Green RA, 2021, Adaptive biomimicry: design of neural interfaces with enhanced biointegration, Current Opinion in Biotechnology, Vol:72, ISSN:0958-1669, Pages:62-68

Portillo-Lara R, Tahirbegi B, Chapman CAR, et al., 2021, Mind the gap: State-of-the-art technologies and applications for EEG-based brain-computer interfaces, Apl Bioengineering, Vol:5, ISSN:2473-2877, Pages:1-16

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