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 (UP) in 1993 and obtained his PhD in Engineering Sciences in 2001 as a result of studies carried out at Instituto de Engenharia Biomedica (INEB) (UP) 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 Leader of Biofabrication Group at Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde (i3S).
His research interests lie at the intersection between materials science, biology and medicine, namely the development of biomaterials for biofabrication using principles and tools from tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. His research work has been focused on the molecular design of biofunctional hydrogels as 3D biomimics of the extracellular matrix. Currently, he has been exploring the biofabrication of tissue constructs from cell-ladden hydrogels. 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). He was recently distinguished as Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FSBE, 2020). Moreover, he serves as expert for several national and international funding agencies, organizations and companies. So far he has authored more than 110 articles in international journals, 11 book chapters, 2 patents and presented over 170 invited lectures worldwide. At present he has an h-index of 44 and his publications have been cited over 6000 times (Google scholar).