Alessandra Pisciotta

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy


I gained my MS degree in Biological Sciences in 2010 at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (110/110 cum laude). I carried out a PhD program in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Bologna and obtained my doctorate in 2014 with a thesis entitled “Musculoskeletal tissue regeneration by human non-embryonic stem cells”. My research has been initially focused on the study and characterization of human dental pulp stem cells and amniotic fluid stem cells and their differentiation potential for the regeneration of different tissue injuries (critical size bone defects, dystrophic skeletal muscle, peripheral nerve injury, etc.). I have also been involved in a collaboration aimed to evaluate the ability of human biliary tree stem cells to modulate the immune response. Hence, I focused my research interests on the development of 3D sphere culture systems for the maintenance of biological and stemness properties of human dental pulp stem cells, including their immunomodulatory properties and how these might vary according to different culture conditions. Moreover, my current research interests also include the characterization of the molecular bases underlying anti-apoptotic mechanisms exerted by different cancer cell types in the immune escape.

Biography Updated on 28 May 2018

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