He is professor of Electronics and Biomedical Engineering at the Department of Engineering of the University of Barcelona (UB) and director of the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), a centre of the Barcelona Institute for Science and Technology (BIST). He is the head of the Nanobioengineering group at IBEC and group leader at the Center for Biomedical Research in the Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine Network (CIBERBBN).
He obtained his PhD in Physics from the University of Barcelona in 1986. His doctoral thesis dealt with “The GaAs MESFET devices and the electro-optical characterization of semiconductors III-V”. During his doctoral studies he was visiting researcher at the Philips Electronic Laboratory (LEP) in Paris, France. In 1995, he was visiting professor at the LAAS-CNRS laboratory in Toulouse.
His research focuses on the application of micro- and nanotechnology for the development of new systems and biomedical devices. His main research activities involve physical and chemical functionalization of materials to develop new integrated biosensing platforms and live systems “on-a-chip”. The technologies and results obtained in his laboratory are mainly used in medical applications ranging from portable devices for diagnostics to in vitro models for tissue engineering studies.
In the last twenty-five years, Prof. Samitier has participated in and coordinated several European and national projects related to integrated microsystems, and more recently nanobiotechnology devices. He has published more than 300 scientific articles, directed 32 doctoral theses and is co-inventor of 4 licensed patents.
He has been deputy director of the CIBER-BBN, vice chancellor for International Policy of the University of Barcelona (UB), vicerector of Innovation of the UB, acting rector of the UB, Spanish delegate in the Working Group on Biotechnology (OECD), director of the “Health Campus of Excellence” HUBc (UB) and coordinator of the UB-UPC Master in Biomedical Engineering.
He is currently a member of the EIT Health Supervisory Board, coordinator of the Spanish Nanomedicine Platform (Nanomed Spain), president of the Catalan Association of Research Entities (ACER) and a full member of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
In 2003 he was awarded with the City of Barcelona Prize in the category of Technological Innovation.