Ms. Katherine Agib obtained a Bachelor dregree in Accounting at the Assiut Univeristy in Egypt in 2007, a Master in Business and Administration (MBA) at the ESLSCA Business school in Paris in 2019 and a II level Master in Development Economics and International Cooperation (MESCI) at Università Tor Vergata in Rome in 2021. From 2015 to 2018 she worked as administrative assistant for CEMEX Inc. From 2019 to 2022 she worked as a supply chain and administrative assistant at Save the Children International in Cairo, Egypt. She joined the Mechanobiology group in December 2022, to contribute her knowledge as an administrative project manager for the ERC Advanced project BEACONSANDEGG and the ERC Proof of Concept project NICHILD. She is now enrolled with an apprenticeship appointment at the Dept. of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering “G.Natta” at Politecnico di Milano.
Alberto Bocconi obtained his M.Sc. in biomedical engineering in 2019 at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Here, he attended a Ph.D. program in bioengineering linked to the NC3Rs-funded project MOAB, in collaboration with Prof. Alessandra Balduini’s lab at Università degli Studi di Pavia. His PhD focused on computational modeling and optimization of millifluidic bioreactors, to mimic the human bone marrow niche for testing of gene-edited hematopoietic stem cells and for platelet production ex-vivo. He is now enrolled full-time at the mechanobiology lab as a Research Fellow, contributing the computational modelling work to the ERC Advanced project BEACONSANDEGG.
Dr. Claudio Conci obtained his M.Sc. in biomedical engineering in 2017 and his Ph.D. in Bioengineering in 2022 at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. His Ph.D. was focused on the MUR-funded project BEYOND. His first year of post-doc was devoted to the ESA-funded project NICHOID-ET, in collaboration with the group of Dr. Gianni Ciofani based at iiT in Pontedera, Prof. Roberto Osellame’s group at the IFN-CNR in Milano and Prof. Giberto Chirico’s group at Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca. His research focuses on nonlinear microscopy techniques applied intravitally to monitor implantable miniaturised imaging windows fabricated by two photon laser polymerization. He is now an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at the Dept. of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering “G.Natta” at Politecnico di Milano. His position is funded by the ERC Advanced project BEACONSANDEGG.
Dr. Emanuela Jacchetti graduated in Physics at Università degli Studi di Milano where she completed her Ph.D. in Physics, astrophysics and Applied Physics in 2009 with the thesis “Differentiation and cytoskeletal protein dynamics of PC12 cells cultured on nanostructured titanium dioxide surfaces”. Then she enrolled at the Istituto di BioFisica-CNR and Centro di Biotecnologie Avanzate in Genoa. From 2010 to 2014 she was a post-doc researcher at NEST, Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa) to design and develop micro/nano-structured substrates for cell differentiation and at Istituto di BioFisica – CNR (Pisa) to study the spectroscopic characterization of photochromic fluorescent protein and their use in high spatial resolution microscopy applied to cell systems. In 2015 she was employed at IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute on the project “Development of high resolution microscopy for imaging and tracking individual transcription factors”. She joined the Mechanobiology group in 2015. She is now an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at the Dept. of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering “G.Natta” at Politecnico di Milano.
Dr. Chiara Martinelli obtained her M.Sc. in Molecular Biology in 2006 at the Universita’ degli Studi di Milano and her Ph.D. in Medical Nanotechnology in 2011 at the European School of Molecular Medicine in Milano. She works on the EU-funded Horizon 2020 FET Open project IN2SIGHT entitled “An in vivo bioengineered chip as a smart intravital multiphoton imaging window for new validation protocols of biomaterials”. Her project is carried out in collaboration with Prof. Giulio Cerullo’s group at the Dept. of Physics of Politecnico di Milano, with Prof. Roberto Osellame’s group at IFN-CNR in Milano and with Prof. Giberto Chirico’s group at Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca.
Alessandra Nardini obtained her M.Sc. in biomedical engineering in 2020 at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. She is currently attending a Ph.D. program in bioengineering linked to the EU-funded Horizon 2020 FET Open project IN2SIGHT. Her project is focused on the microfabrication of implantable imaging windows fabricated by two-photon laser polymerisation. She recently moved for a 9-months visiting stay at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (PA, USA) c/o the Gottardi’s Bioengineering and Biomaterials Laboratory, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dept. of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine and Dept. of Bioengineering, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Here, she will be trained on toxicology methods relevant to the ERC Advanced project BEACONSANDEGG.
Paolo Ritter obtained his M.Sci. in biomedical engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2020. Here, he is currently attending a Ph.D. program in Bioengineering linked to the NC3Rs-funded project MOAB, in collaboration with Prof. Stefano Biffo’s lab at Università degli Studi di Milano and INGM. His research focuses on computational modeling and experimental optimization of the MOAB millifluidic bioreactor to model the immunological tumour niche.
Carolina Testa obtained her M.Sc. in biomedical engineering in 2020 at Politecnico di Milano. Here, she is currently attending an inter-doctoral Ph.D. program in computer science and bioengineering, linked to the ERC-funded projects NICHOID and GECO, in collaboration with the group of Prof. Stefano Ceri. Her research project is entitled GECOID: Innovative methods for targeting native tumors integrating 3D cell culture with genomic computing.