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Overview

I am a vascular physiologist at the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre. Since my doctoral studies, my main research interests have focused on maternal vascular signalling throughout gestation and on the role of materno-placental interactions in determining fetal outcomes, in both human and animal models. As a post-doc, I studied the effects of dietary nitrate and polyphenols and, more recently, of antihypertensive therapies in high-risk pregnancies. I am interested in developing novel technologies (on-Chip model) for toxicology testing in pregnancy and understand the effects of maternal drug prescription on fetal health. My research goal is to contribute to improve both maternal and fetal health.

Qualifications

BSc (cum laude) Biological Sciences, University of Calabria, 2007-2010

MSc (cum laude) Biology, University of Calabria, 2010-2012

PhD, Life Sciences, University of Calabria, 2012-2015

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

The Physiological Society 

European Placenta Group

Organ-on-a-Chip Technologies Network

 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute

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