Team Member


Research Team

Paul de Vos, PhD is a global research leader in the fields of diabetes, cellular metabolism and signaling, immunology, cellular encapsulation, bio-implantable polymers, and islet and cellular transplantation. His work and discoveries are seminal contributions to the STEMPLANT® and STEM-DM® technology and platform.

Dr. de Vos is a full Professor of Immunoendocrinology, Division of Medical Biology, Department of Pathology and Medical Biology, University of Groningen and University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands.

Selected References

Published Articles

Mohammadi R, Rodriquez S, Luong J, Li S, Cao R, Alshetaiwi H, Lau H, Davtyan H, Jones M, Jafari M, Kessenbrock K, Villalta S, Vos P, Zhao W, Lakey JRT. Exosome loaded immunomodulatory biomaterials alleviate local immune response in immunocompetent diabetic mice post islet xenotransplantation. Commun Biol 4, 685 (2021).

Alexandra M Smink, Katarzyna Skrzypek, Jolanda A L Liefers-Visser, Rei Kuwabara, Bart J de Haan,Paul de Vos and Dimitrios Stamatialis. In vivo vascularization and islet function in a microwell device for pancreatic islet transplantation. Biomedical Materials. April 2021

Shuxian Hu, Francisco Drusso Martinez-Garcia, Brenden N. Moeun, Janette Kay Burgess, Martin Conrad Harmsen, Corinne Hoesli , Paul de Vos. An immune regulatory 3D-printed alginate-pectin construct for immunoisolation of insulin producing β-cells. Materials Sci & Eng

Ana Paula Santos, Sylvie Swyngedau Chevallier, Bart de Haan, Paul de Vos and Denis Poncelet. Biomaterials Processing Impact of electrostatic potential on microcapsule-formation and physicochemical analysis of surface structure: Implications for therapeutic cell-microencapsulation. Journal of Biomaterials Applications

Shuxian Hu, Rei Kuwabara, Carlos E. Navarro Chica, Alexandra M. Smink, Taco Koster, Juan D. Medina, Bart J. de Haan, Martin Beukema, Jonathan R.T. Lakey, Andres J. García and Paul de Vos. Toll-like receptor 2-modulating pectin-polymers in alginate-based microcapsules attenuate immune responses and support islet-xenograft survival. Biomaterials 2021 (Elsevier)

Kuwabara R, Hu S, Smink AM, Orive G, Lakey JRT, de Vos P. Applying Immunomodulation to Promote Longevity of Immunoisolated Pancreatic Islet Grafts. Tissue Eng Part B Rev. 2021 Feb 24. doi: 10.1089/ten.TEB.2020.0326. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33397201.

Hu S, Kuwabara R, Navarro Chica CE, Smink AM, Koster T, Medina JD, de Haan BJ, Beukema M, Lakey JRT, García AJ, de Vos P. Toll-like receptor 2-modulating pectin-polymers in alginate-based microcapsules attenuate immune responses and support islet-xenograft survival. Biomaterials. 2021 Jan;266:120460. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2020.120460. Epub 2020 Oct 19. PMID: 33099059.

Izeia L, Eufrasio-da-Silva T, Dolatshahi-Pirouz A, Ostrovidov S, Paolone G, Peppas NA, De Vos P, Emerich D, Orive G. Cell-laden alginate hydrogels for the treatment of diabetes. Expert Opin Drug Deliv. 2020 Aug;17(8):1113-1118. doi: 10.1080/17425247.2020.1778667. PMID: 32515621.

Skrzypek K, Groot Nibbelink M, Liefers-Visser J, Smink AM, Stoimenou E, Engelse MA, de Koning EJP, Karperien M, de Vos P, van Apeldoorn A, Stamatialis D. A High Cell-Bearing Capacity Multibore Hollow Fiber Device for Macroencapsulation of Islets of Langerhans. Macromol Biosci. 2020 Aug;20(8):e2000021. doi: 10.1002/mabi.202000021. Epub 2020 Jun 22. PMID: 32567161.

Mohammadi M, Luong JC, Rodriguez SM, Cao R, Wheeler AE, Lau H, Li S, Shabestari SK, Chadarevian JP, Alexander M, de Vos P, Zhao W, Lakey JRT. Controlled Release of Stem Cell Secretome Attenuates Inflammatory Response against Implanted Biomaterials. Adv Healthc Mater. 2020 Jun;9(12):e1901874. doi: 10.1002/adhm.201901874. Epub 2020 May 18. PMID: 32419390.

Hu S, Kuwabara R, de Haan BJ, Smink AM, de Vos P. Acetate and Butyrate Improve β-cell Metabolism and Mitochondrial Respiration under Oxidative Stress. Int J Mol Sci. 2020 Feb 24;21(4):1542. doi: 10.3390/ijms21041542. PMID: 32102422; PMCID: PMC7073211.

Najdahmadi A, Smink AM, de Vos P, Lakey JRT, Botvinick E. Non-Invasive Monitoring of Oxygen Tension and Oxygen Transport Inside Subcutaneous Devices After H2S Treatment. Cell Transplant. 2020 Jan-Dec;29:963689719893936. doi: 10.1177/0963689719893936. PMID: 32024377; PMCID: PMC7444232.

Liu Q, Chiu A, Wang LH, An D, Zhong M, Smink AM, de Haan BJ, de Vos P, Keane K, Vegge A, Chen EY, Song W, Liu WF, Flanders J, Rescan C, Grunnet LG, Wang X, Ma M. Zwitterionically modified alginates mitigate cellular overgrowth for cell encapsulation. Nat Commun. 2019 Nov 20;10(1):5262. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-13238-7. PMID: 31748525; PMCID: PMC6868136.

Hu S, de Vos P. Polymeric Approaches to Reduce Tissue Responses Against Devices Applied for Islet-Cell Encapsulation. Front Bioeng Biotechnol. 2019 Jun 4;7:134. doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2019.00134. PMID: 31214587; PMCID: PMC6558039.

Smink AM, de Haan BJ, Lakey JRT, de Vos P. Polymer scaffolds for pancreatic islet transplantation - Progress and challenges. Am J Transplant. 2018 Sep;18(9):2113-2119. doi: 10.1111/ajt.14942. Epub 2018 Jun 13. PMID: 29790274.

Smink AM, de Vos P. Therapeutic Strategies for Modulating the Extracellular Matrix to Improve Pancreatic Islet Function and Survival After Transplantation. Curr Diab Rep. 2018 May 19;18(7):39. doi: 10.1007/s11892-018-1014-4. PMID: 29779190; PMCID: PMC5960477.

Orive G, Emerich D, Khademhosseini A, Matsumoto S, Hernández RM, Pedraz JL, Desai T, Calafiore R, de Vos P. Engineering a Clinically Translatable Bioartificial Pancreas to Treat Type I Diabetes. Trends Biotechnol. 2018 Apr;36(4):445-456. doi: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2018.01.007. Epub 2018 Feb 15. PMID: 29455936.

Sáez T, Salsoso R, Leiva A, Toledo F, de Vos P, Faas M, Sobrevia L. Human umbilical vein endothelium-derived exosomes play a role in foetoplacental endothelial dysfunction in gestational diabetes mellitus. Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Basis Dis. 2018 Feb;1864(2):499-508. doi: 10.1016/j.bbadis.2017.11.010. Epub 2017 Nov 15. PMID: 29155213.

Llacua LA, Faas MM, de Vos P. Extracellular matrix molecules and their potential contribution to the function of transplanted pancreatic islets. Diabetologia. 2018 Jun;61(6):1261-1272. doi: 10.1007/s00125-017-4524-8. Epub 2018 Jan 6. PMID: 29306997; PMCID: PMC6449002.

Sáez T, de Vos P, Sobrevia L, Faas MM. Is there a role for exosomes in foetoplacental endothelial dysfunction in gestational diabetes mellitus? Placenta. 2018 Jan;61:48-54. doi: 10.1016/j.placenta.2017.11.007. Epub 2017 Nov 14. PMID: 29277271.

Krishnan R, Ko D, Foster CE 3rd, Liu W, Smink AM, de Haan B, De Vos P, Lakey JR. Immunological Challenges Facing Translation of Alginate Encapsulated Porcine Islet Xenotransplantation to Human Clinical Trials. Methods Mol Biol. 2017;1479:305-333.10.1007/978-1-4939-6364-5_24. PMID: 27738946.

Barkai U, Rotem A, de Vos P. Survival of encapsulated islets: More than a membrane story. World J Transplant. 2016 Mar 24;6(1):69-90. doi: 10.5500/wjt.v6.i1.69. PMID: 27011906; PMCID: PMC4801806.

Orive G, Santos E, Poncelet D, Hernández RM, Pedraz JL, Wahlberg LU, De Vos P, Emerich D. Cell encapsulation: technical and clinical advances. Trends Pharmacol Sci. 2015 Aug;36(8):537-46. doi: 10.1016/ Epub 2015 Jun 8. PMID: 26067102.

Paredes Juárez GA, Spasojevic M, Faas MM, de Vos P. Immunological and technical considerations in application of alginate-based microencapsulation systems. Front Bioeng Biotechnol. 2014 Aug 6;2:26. doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2014.00026. PMID: 25147785; PMCID: PMC4123607.

de Vos P, Lazarjani HA, Poncelet D, Faas MM. Polymers in cell encapsulation from an enveloped cell perspective. Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2014 Apr;67-68:15-34. doi: 10.1016/j.addr.2013.11.005. Epub 2013 Nov 22. PMID: 24270009.

Rokstad AM, Lacík I, de Vos P, Strand BL. Advances in biocompatibility and physico-chemical characterization of microspheres for cell encapsulation. Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2014 Apr;67-68:111-30. doi: 10.1016/j.addr.2013.07.010. Epub 2013 Jul 20. PMID: 23876549.

Smink AM, Faas MM, de Vos P. Toward engineering a novel transplantation site for human pancreatic islets.Diabetes. 2013 May;62(5):1357-64. doi: 10.2337/db12-1553. PMID: 23613549; PMCID: PMC3636655.

de Vos P, Spasojevic M, Faas MM. Treatment of diabetes with encapsulated islets. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2010;670:38-53. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4419-5786-3_5. PMID: 20384217.

Gangaram-Panday ST, Faas MM, de Vos P. Towards stem-cell therapy in the endocrine pancreas. Trends Mol Med. 2007 Apr;13(4):164-73. doi: 10.1016/j.molmed.2007.02.002. Epub 2007 Feb 20. PMID: 17307397.

de Vos P, Faas MM, Strand B, Calafiore R. Alginate-based microcapsules for immunoisolation of pancreatic islets. Biomaterials. 2006 Nov;27(32):5603-17. doi:10.1016/j.biomaterials.2006.07.010. Epub 2006 Aug 1. PMID: 16879864.

Orive G, Hernández RM, Rodríguez Gascón A, Calafiore R, Chang TM, de Vos P, Hortelano G, Hunkeler D, Lacík I, Pedraz JL. History, challenges and perspectives of cell microencapsulation. Trends Biotechnol. 2004 Feb;22(2):87-92. doi: 10.1016/j.tibtech.2003.11.004. PMID: 14757043.

Orive G, Hernández RM, Gascón AR, Calafiore R, Chang TM, De Vos P, Hortelano G, Hunkeler D, Lacík I, Shapiro AM, Pedraz JL. Cell encapsulation: promise and progress. Nat Med. 2003 Jan;9(1):104-7. doi: 10.1038/nm0103-104. PMID: 12514721.