I graduated in Medical Biotechnologies at the University of Padova (Italy) in 2007, working on the pathogenesis of collagen VI-related muscular dystrophies. In 2011 I completed my PhD in Biomedical Science at the Department of Molecular Medicine, University of Padova, where I also performed my first postdoctoral experience. In this period, I published 14 scientific papers in peer-reviewed international journals regarding skeletal muscle pathophysiology. Among them, I initiated and developed a pioneering project describing the importance of the extracellular matrix in satellite cell niche, in muscle regeneration and in the preservation of skeletal muscle mechanical properties (Urciuolo et al., Nature Communication, 2013). In 2014, I entered in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine as postdoc at the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, University College London-Institute of Child Health in London (UK), where I worked on decellularized organs and on their application for regenerative medicine strategies, resulting in 2 papers and one patent. In particular, I coordinated and worked on a project regarding decellularised skeletal muscle in which we demonstrated that such scaffolds can guide host cell migration and homing. This strategy allows in vivo functional regeneration of skeletal muscle in a murine model of volumetric muscle loss (Urciuolo et al., Scientific Reports, 2018). In 2016, I moved as postoc at the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Padova (Italy) where I implemented, pluripotent stem cells, microfluidics and biomaterials to my background (Brigo et al., Acta Biomaterialia, 2017). Thanks to the STARS-Starting Grant, granted by University of Padova in 2018, I just started my independent career as junior principal investigator at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, joining the Institute of Pediatric Research “Città della Speranza”. Here, I am building my research group starting with new projects and applying for founding to reinforce my independency and develop my research line.
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