Gustavo Ramirez Calderon

PhD Students

Ph.D. student



Gustavo Ramirez is a biologist with experience in host-pathogen interaction, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. He studied his BSc and MSc in the National University of Colombia focusing on molecular biology of leishmanisis infection. Later on, he participated in an antimalarial drug-screening project at the University of Antioquia. By 2017, he joined KAUST at the Laboratory for Nanomedicine where he conducted tissue engineering and material science research. Currently, he is a PhD student at STEMD lab developing novel strategies to produce hPSC-derived beta cells in order to control diabetes by a regenerative medicine approach.

Research Interests

Gustavo is interested in developing biotechnologies to model and treat diseases as diabetes. Recreating the native cellular/tissue microenvironment by ECM-like cues and physiological stimuli will improve the stem cell differentiation.

Selected Publications

(1) G. Ramirez-Calderon, H.H. Susapto, and C.A.E. Hauser. Microgel-Driven Angiogenesis in Self-assembling Ultrashort Peptide Hydrogels. Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine International Society – Asia Pacific Chapter and the 7th Asian Biomaterials congress. 2019.

(2) Z. Khan, K. Kahin, S. Rauf, G. Ramirez-Calderon, N. Papagiannis, M. Abdulmajid, C.A.E. Hauser. Optimization of a 3D bioprinting process using ultrashort peptide bioinks. International Journal of Bioprinting 5(1),173, 2019

(3) Leonardo Bonilla-Ramirez, Alexandra Rios, Miguel Quiliano, Gustavo Ramirez-Calderon, Iván Beltrán-Hortelano, Jean François Franetich, Luis Corcuera, MallauryBordessoulles, Ariane Vettorazzi, Adela López de Cerain, Ignacio Aldana, Dominique Mazier, AdrianaPabón, SilviaGaliano. Novel antimalarial chloroquine- and primaquine-quinoxaline 1,4-di-N-oxide hybrids: Design, synthesis, Plasmodium life cycle stage profile, and preliminary toxicity studies. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. Volume 158, 5 October 2018, Pages 68-81.

(4) M. Quiliano, A. Pabón, G. Ramirez-Calderon, C. Barea, E. Deharo, S. Galiano, I. Aldana. New hydrazine and hydrazide quinoxaline 1,4-di-N-oxide derivatives: In silico ADMET, antiplasmodial and antileishmanial activity. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters. Volume 27, Issue 8, 15 April 2017, Pages 1820- 1825. 


  • M.Sc. in Tropical Infectious Diseases and Health, National University of Colombia from (2011-2014).
  • B.Sc. in Biology, National University of Colombia from (2005-2010)

Scientific and Professional Membership

Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine International Society

KAUST Affiliations

Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (BESE)

KAUST Environmental Epigenetics Program (KEEP)