• EDUCATION AND TRAINING University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Department of Experimental Medicine Ph.D in Experimental Medicine (Oct. 2004-Feb. 2008). Isolation of Cardiac Progenitor Cells From Tissue Culture Explants: Cardiospheres and Cardiospheres-derived Cells Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Institute of Molecular Cardiobiology Research fellow (Sept.2004- Nov.2005). In vivo functional evaluation of cardiospheres-derived cells in infarcted mice University of Rome “La Sapienza” Master in Pharmacy (2003). Dissertation on “Effects of IMPDH inhibitors on human neuroblastoma cell lines • RESEARCH ACTIVITY Cardiocentro Ticino Lugano, Cell Therapy Unit, Research scientist (current). Evaluation of human cardiac progenitor cells differentiation. University of Milano-Bicocca, Department of Biotechnology and Biosciences, Research scientist (Jan 2009-Sett. 2011). Functional evaluation of cardiac progenitor cells differentiation. ICGEB Trieste Component , Department of Molecular Medicine, Post-doc (Jan 2008-Dic 2008 ). Homologous recombination in cardiac progenitor cells by AAV-mediated gene targeting University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Department of Experimental Medicine, Post-doc (Feb. 2008-Dic 2008) Use of cardiac progenitor cells for heart failure diseases • RESEARCH INTEREST Isolation of cardiac progenitor cells from human and murine biopsy specimens. Primary culture of neonatal murine cardiomyocytes. Gene targeting achieved by infection of mammalian cells with recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) vectors. Gene regulation in cardiac differentiation and development. Electrophysiological properties of terminally differentiated cardiomyocytes.
Biography Updated on 1 April 2012