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s.morelli@itm.cnr.it  -  sabrina.morelli@cnr.it

Tel: +39 0984 492028

Institute on Membrane Technology (CNR-ITM) 
c/o University of Calabria 
Via P. Bucci cubo 17/C 
87030 Rende CS


Biographical Sketch: 

Researcher at CNR-ITM since 2001, degree in Biology and PhD in Animal Biology. Expert in the field of membrane technology, especially in the realization of bioartificial membrane systems for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
She was scientific responsible of a PRIN project granted by MIUR. She is involved in several national and international research projects funded by the EU, MIUR and CNR. She serves as scientific evaluator of research projects. Member of scientific and organizing committee of international conferences. Member of teaching board of Ph.D Course (UNICAL). Reviewer and editorial board member for scientific journals. Supervisor of several master students and master trainees. She is co-author of over 80 peer-review scientific papers published in international journals, chapters in books and encyclopedia, various invited lectures and more than 80 contributions at scientific conferences in the field of material science and engineering, and regenerative medicine.

Main fields of research:
  • Membrane-based approaches for biomedical application: tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and bioartificial organs.

  • Study of cell-membrane interaction.

  • Membrane devices combining polymeric membranes and cells for bone, liver, nerve and skin regeneration.

  • Membrane bioreactors for the creation of 3D tissue models as investigational platforms for pharmacological screening and disease modeling.

  • Neuronal membrane devices as innovative tools for investigating neuronal repair and/or regeneration processes in neurodegenerative diseases.

Most representative publications
  • S. Morelli, A. Piscioneri, E. Curcio, S. Salerno, C.C. Chen, L. De Bartolo. Membrane bioreactor for investigation of neurodegeneration. Materials Science & Engineering C 103 (2019) 109793 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msec.2019.109793.
  • S. Morelli, A. Piscioneri, S. Salerno, E. Drioli, L. De Bartolo. Biohybrid membrane systems for testing molecules and stem cell therapy in neuronal tissue engineering. Current Pharmaceutical Design 2017, 23:3858-3870. DOI: 10.2174/1381612823666170710161519.
  • S. Morelli, A. Piscioneri, E. Drioli, L. De Bartolo. Neuronal differentiation modulated by polymeric membrane properties. Cells Tissues Organs 2017, 204(3):164-178. DOI: 10.1159/000477135
  • S. Morelli, A. Piscioneri, S. Salerno, C.C. Chen, C.H. Chew, L. Giorno, E. Drioli, L. De Bartolo. Microtube array membrane bioreactor promotes neuronal differentiation and orientation. Biofabrication 2017, 9(2):025018. doi: 10.1088/1758-5090/aa6f6f.
  • S. Morelli, Simona Salerno, Antonella Piscioneri, Franco Tasselli, E. Drioli,  L. De Bartolo. Neuronal membrane bioreactor as a tool for testing crocin neuroprotective effect in Alzheimer’s disease, Chem. Eng. J. 2016, 305: 69-78. http://Dx.Doi.Org/10.1016/J.Cej.2016.01.035
  • S. Morelli, A. Piscioneri, A. Messina, S. Salerno, M. B. Al-Fageeh, E. Drioli, L. De Bartolo. Neuronal growth and differentiation on biodegradable membranes. J. Tissue Eng Regen Med. 2015; 9: 106–117.  DOI: 10.1002/term.1618
  • S. Morelli, S. Salerno, J. Holopainen, M. Ritala and L. De Bartolo. Osteogenic and osteoclastogenic differentiation of co-cultured cells  in polylactic acid-nanohydroxyapatite fiber scaffolds. Journal of Biotechnology 2015, 204: 53–62. DOI: 10.1016/j.jbiotec.2015.03.023.
  • S. Morelli, A. Piscioneri, S. Salerno, M. Al-Fageeh, E. Drioli, L. De Bartolo. Neuroprotective Effect of Didymin on H2O2-Induced Injury in Neuronal Membrane System. Cells Tissues Organs 2014, 199:184–200. DOI: 10.1159/000365072.
  • S. Morelli, A. Piscioneri, S. Salerno, M. Rende, C. Campana, F. Tasselli, A. di Vito, G. Giusi, M. Canonaco, E. Drioli and L. De Bartolo. Flat and tubular membrane systems for the reconstruction of hippocampal neuronal network. J Tissue Eng Regen Med 2012; 6: 299–313. DOI: 10.1002/term.434.
  • S. Morelli, S. Salerno, A. Piscioneri, B.J. Papenburg, A. Di Vito, G. Giusi, M. Canonaco, D. Stamatialis, E. Drioli, L. De Bartolo. Influence of micropatterned PLLA membranes on the outgrowth and orientation of hippocampal neuritis. Biomaterials 2010, 31: 7000-7011


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