Pedro L. Granja was born in 1970, in Porto, Portugal. His high school studies took place in Porto, Portugal, and São Paulo, Brazil. He graduated in Metallurgical Engineering at the University of Porto (UPorto) in 1993 and obtained his PhD in Engineering Sciences in 2001 as a result of studies carried out at Instituto de Engenharia Biomedica (INEB) (UPorto) and INSERM U.1026 – BIOTIS (University of Bordeaux, France). He carried out post-doctoral studies at INEB, was visiting scientist at the Laboratory for Cell and Tissue Engineering (now at Harvard University, USA), University of Michigan (USA, 2004) and Invited Professor at the Biomaterials and Specialty Polymers Laboratory, Institut Galillée, University Paris 13 (France, 2009). He is presently Scientific Coordinator of INEB, member of Executive Committee of Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde (i3S), Associate Professor at Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS, Faculty of Medicine), and Invited Associate Professor at the Faculty of Engineering of UP (FEUP).
His research interests lie at the intersection between materials science, biology and medicine, namely on the development of biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. His main research focus is on the molecular design of biofunctional hydrogels as artificial 3D extracellular matrices by mimicking some of its key natural features. He received the 2006 Jean Leray Award (European Society for Biomaterials, ESB) and is internationally reputed as founder (1998) and Editor-in-Chief of the Biomaterials Network (Biomat.net), and founder and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Biomatter. He serves as expert for several national and international funding agencies, organizations and companies. So far he has authored more than 70 articles in international journals, 2 books, 10 book chapters, 2 patents and presented over 170 invited lectures worldwide. At present he has an h-index of 27 (Google scholar) and his publications have been cited over 2300 times.