dr. Nikolas Gaio

Electronic Components, Technology and Materials (ECTM), Department of Microelectronics

PhD thesis (Jul 2019): Organ-on-Silicon
Promotor: Ronald Dekker

Themes: Flexible and Stretchable Electronics


Nikolas Gaio received the B.S degree in electronic engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan, Milan, Italy in 2012. In 2011 he was visiting student at Tongji University, Shanghai, China, where he received a B.Eng. in Electronic Information in 2013. In 2013, he joined as guest resercher the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Technology (Chinese Academy of Science). In 2015 he received a M.Sc. (cum laude) in Biomedical Engineering at the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering in TU Delft.

He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree at TU Delft in the framework of InForMed project, an European project that aims to bring medical devices to the market. During this experience he collaborated with multiple companies (Philips, MultiChannel system, Ncardia, among others) focusing on improving the TRL of a device for in vitro electrophysiology assays. Furthermore, he is collaborating with multiple biologists from LUMC and Erasmus Medical Center and the Institute for human Organ and Disease Model Technologies (hDMT) in the development of novel Organ-on-Chip devices. He received the Best Student Paper Award at the 2015 IEEE Sensors and the public Poster Award at the ICT Open Conference in 2016.

Nikolas Gaio is the founder of BI/OND (BIOND Solution B.V.). BI/OND provides dynamic cell culture environments to recreate human physiology and pathology for predictive in-vitro assays. For more information about BI/OND business and products visit gobiond.com.


  1. Low-Impedance PEDOT:PSS MEA Integrated in a Stretchable Organ-on-Chip Device
    Affan K. Waafi; Nikolas Gaio; William F. Quiros-Solano; Paul Dijkstra; Pasqualina M. Sarro; Ronald Dekker;
    IEEE Sensors,
    Volume 20, Issue 3, pp. 1150-1157, 2020. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/JSEN.2019.2946854

  2. Monolithic Integration of a Smart Temperature Sensor on a Modular Silicon-based Organ-on-a-chip Device
    Ronaldo Martins da Ponte; Nikolas Gaio; Henk van Zeijl; Sten Vollebregt; Paul Dijkstra; Ronald Dekker; Wouter A. Serdijn; Vasiliki Giagka;
    Sensors and Actuators A: Physical,

  3. Organ-on-silicon
    Nikolas Gaio;
    PhD thesis, Delft University of Technology, 2019.

  4. Microfabricated tuneable and transferable porous PDMS membranes for Organs-on-Chips
    W. F. Quirós-Solano; N. Gaio; O. M. J. A. Stassen; Y. B. Arik; C. Silvestri; N. C. A. Van Engeland; A. Van der Meer; R. Passier; C. M. Sahlgren; C. V. C. Bouten; A. van den Berg; R. Dekker; P. M. Sarro;
    Scientific Reports,
    pp. 13524, 2018. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-31912-6

  5. A novel method to transfer porous PDMS membranes for high throughput Organ-on-Chip and Lab-on-Chip assembly
    William.F Quirós-Solano; Nikolas Gaio; Cinzia Silvestri; Oscar M. J. A. Arik; Yusuf, B. Stassen; Andries van der Meer; Carlijn V.C. Bouten; Albert van den Berg; Ronald Dekker; P.M. Sarro;
    In 31th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS),
    pp. 318-321, 2018.

  6. A Multi Well Plate Organ-on-chip (Ooc) Device For In-vitro Cell Culture Stimulation And Monitoring
    N. Gaio; A. Waafi; M.L.H. Vlaming; E. Boschman; P. Dijkstra; P. Nacken; S.R. Braam; C. Boucsein; P.M. Sarro; R. Dekker;
    In 31th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS),

  7. Versatile 3D Stretchable Micro-Environment for Organ-on-Chip Devices Fabricated with Standard Silicon Technology
    Nikolas Gaio; William Quiros Solano;
    Patent, WO2018021906, 2018.

  8. Polymeric strain gauges as pressure sensor for microfabricated organ-on-chips
    W.F. Quiros Solano; N. Gaio; C. Silvestri; G. Pandraud; P.M. Sarro;
    In Proc.of Transducers 2017, the 19th International Conference on Solid-state Sensors, Actuators, and Microsystems,
    pp. 1296-1299, 2017.

  9. Cytostretch, an Organ-on-Chip Platform
    Gaio, N.; van Meer, B.; Quiros Solano, W.; Bergers, L.; van de Stolpe, A.; Mummery, C.; Sarro, P.M.; Dekker, R.;
    Volume 7, Issue 7, pp. 120, 2016.

  10. Fabrication and characterization of an Upside-down Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Microelectrode array (MEA)
    Gaio, N.; Silvestri, C.; van Meer, B.; Vollebregt, S.; Mummery, C.; Dekker, R.;
    IEEE Sensors Journal,
    Volume 16, Issue 24, pp. 8685, 2016.

  11. Upside-down Carbon Nanotube (CNT) Micro-electrode Array (MEA)
    N. Gaio; B. van Meer; C. Silvestri; Saeed Khoshfetrat Pakazad; S. Vollebregt; C.L. Mummery; R. Dekker;
    In IEEE Sensors Conference,

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Last updated: 30 Jul 2019