Our interdisciplinary research combines bioengineering, cell and molecular biology, and computational modeling. In particular, we design microfluidic model systems to investigate the mechanisms of metastasis formation by cancer cells within in vivo-like microenvironments. We generate musculoskeletal and vascularized 3D constructs through novel biofabrication approaches and through advanced cell culture systems and custom-built bioreactors. We also work on the development of suitable models to study implant osteointegration and implant-related orthopedic infections.
In our 3D in vitro models we specifically employ human cells not to neglect specie-specific features and to overcome limitations related to possible differences in cell behavior and/or drug metabolism between animal and human cells.
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15/12/2010 Silvia Lopa starts her PhD!!!
We are happy to announce that Silvia Lopa will soon start her PhD in Biotechnology Applied to Medical Science (University of Milan) as part of our research group!
03/11/2010 Meet us at TeRM in Lattrop (18-19 Nov)!
01/09/2010 Meet us at TERMIS-AP in Sidney (15-17 Sep)!
01/06/2010 Meet us at TERMIS-EU 2010 in Galway (13-17 Jun)!
18/05/2010 Dr. Matteo Moretti wins the NASA Tech Brief Award
We are happy to announce that CTE-Lab PI Matteo Moretti, PhD, has been awarded with the NASA Tech Brief Award for the development of scientific and technical innovations