Pedro Silva Couto


MSc - Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Portugal, 2013
PhD - University College London (UCL), United Kingdom, 2022


Pedro Silva Couto received his masters degree in biological engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) in Lisboa, Portugal, and did his thesis work at Crioestaminal S.A. His thesis examined the laboratory procedures for isolating and storing mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) from the human umbilical cord - which procedures are better for cell counts, for cost control, or for quality control?  Pedro has worked for the Parent's Guide to Cord Blood Foundation since 2014, and joined the co-founders of in 2017. Pedro completed his PhD degree in biochemical engineering at University College London (UCL). His thesis studied the growth of MSC in bioreactors. Currently, Pedro is a post-doc at UCL. Together, Pedro and Frances have co-authored several blogs and peer-reviewed publications about the biobanking industry and about the statistics of clinical trials. Pedro is a huge fan of the stem cells and regenerative medicine field and has contributed to the outreach efforts of professional organizations such as AABB and ISCT.  Pedro's interests also include piano and choir singing, judo and soccer.