Fabio Recchia (MD, PhD)
He is a Professor of Physiology in the Sector of Medicine of the SSSA, Director of the Institute of Clinical Physiology of the Italian National Research Council, and Adjunct Professor of Physiology at the Cardiovascular Research Center of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, in Philadelphia. He has been continuously funded by the NIH for 22 years and has also been awarded the Established Investigator Award of the American Heart Association from 2007 to 2011. He has served on NIH study sections for 21 years and has been an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physiology- Heart and Circulatory. He has provided internationally recognized scientific contributions to the fields of haemodynamics, cardiac metabolism and gene therapy and is one of the few investigators in Europe with a solid track record of studies in both canine and swine experimental models of cardiac diseases. Starting in 1995, he has authored and co-authored 140 peer reviewed articles, with over 8400 citations and an H index of 49 (Scopus).
Lucia Carlucci (DVM, PhD)
She is a veterinary cardiologist working as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Prof. Recchia’s laboratory since 2014. Before starting her research work on pigs, she had acquired a strong experience clinic in pets with congenital and acquired cardiac pathologies and has participated in numerous cardiac surgery interventions. She provided a tremendous contribution in terms of expertise and experimental design, will directly participate in all surgical experiments of large animal models, more specifically conduct experimental animal anesthesia, and monitor intra and post-surgical period. She will take part in cMRI evaluations in pigs with myocardial infarction, perform all echocardiographic examinations and analyze the data.
Khatia Gabisonia (MD, PhD)
She is a technician of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna is a cardiologist who completed her PhD program and 5 years of postdoctoral fellowship under prof. Recchia’s supervision and is following the career in experimental research. Her thesis work on cardiac repair induced by miRNA gene therapy in a pig model of myocardial infarction has been published in “Nature” in 2019.(Gabisonia K et al, MicroRNA therapy stimulates uncontrolled cardiac repair after myocardial infarction in pigs. Nature. 2019 May;569(7756):418-422. doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-1191-6.) She provided a tremendous contribution in terms of expertise and experimental design, will directly participate in all surgical experiments of large animal models, more specifically conduct experimental animal anesthesia, and monitor intra and post-surgical period, take part in cMRI data analyses.
Irene Nocera (DVM, PhD)
She is a veterinary surgeon who is taking part for a research grant on surgical implantation of artificial heart patches, under prof. Recchia’s supervision. She had experience in large animal surgeries, concerning gastroenterology, vascular, cardiology and orthopedics practices. She will provide contribution in terms of large animal surgery and medicine expertise.
Aurora Paganelli (DVM)
She is attending the specialization in animal health, PhD student in SSSA, is a veterinary surgeon with experience in swine medicine; before the start of the PhD she did two years of postgraduate scholarship in the laboratory of Prof. Recchia. She will provide contribution in terms of anesthetic monitoring during surgery and post-operative care of animals.
Madona Modu (MD)
She is a PhD student in Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna under prof. Recchia’s supervision. She has experience in physical medicine and rehabilitation field, including rehabilitation of patients with cardiovascular disorders. She works on cardiac repair in porcine model of myocardial infarction using miRNA gene therapy. She will provide contribution in terms of experiments.