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a.piscioneri@itm.cnr.it  -  antonella.piscioneri@cnr.it

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


Biographical Sketch: 

Antonella Piscioneri is a researcher at ITM since December 2018. Her degree and background are in biological science applied to membrane technology and engineering. She holds a Phd in Molecular Biopathology during which she focused on the realization of biohybrid membrane systems for cellular and tissue constructs maintenance. She was appointed as scientist at Biomedical-Biotechnological Center, BBZ, University of Liepzig, Germany (2007-2008). She performed her post-doctoral activity as visiting researcher at the Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (2012-2013). Winner of the Young Investigator Award at the 7th World Congress on Preventive and Regenerative Medicine (Taipei) for the paper titled “Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells Neuroprotective Effect in a Compartmentalized Neuronal Membrane System”. She participates in various research projects funded by the EU, MIUR, CNR. She has published more than 40 scientific peer review papers in international journals, 7 book chapters and several contributions at scientific conferences.

Main fields of research: 
  • Preparation of polymeric membranes in flat configuration and patterned surface. as innovative membrane systems for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
  • Membrane characterization for bioartificial devices and studies of cell-membrane interactions.
  • Isolation, maintenance of different kind of cells (lymphocytes, hepatocytes, neurons, epithelial cells) Differentiation and maintenance of stem cells.
  • Evaluation of cellular performance within the membrane system in terms of morphological and functional features.
  • Membrane tools for the reconstruction of neuronal networks as in vitro neurodegenerative disease models and screening of new molecules and new therapeutic approach.
  • Study of regenerative events in central and peripheral nervous system evoked by bioactive membrane and/or by neuroprotective molecules.

Select Publications:

  • S. Morelli, A. Piscioneri, E, Curcio, S. Salerno, C.-C. Chen, L. De Bartolo. Membrane bioreactor for investigation of neurodegeneration. Materials Science and Engineering C 103 (2019): 109793.DOI: 10.1016/j.msec.2019.109793
  • A. Piscioneri, H.M.M. Ahmed, S. Morelli, S. Khakpour, L. Giorno, E. Drioli, L. De Bartolo. Membrane bioreactor to guide hepatic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells. Journal of Membrane Science 564 (2018): 832-841. doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2018.07.083
  • S. Morelli, A. Piscioneri, E. Drioli, L. De Bartolo.  Neuronal differentiation modulated by polymeric membrane properties. Cells Tissues Organs. 3-4 (2017): 164-178, doi.org/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 9(2) (2017): 025018. https://doi.org/10.1088/1758-5090/aa6f6f.
  • A. Piscioneri, S. Morelli, M. Mele, M. Canonaco, P. Pantano, E. Bilotta, E. Drioli, L. De Bartolo. Neuroprotective Effect of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells in a Compartmentalized Neuronal Membrane System. Acta Biomaterialia, 24(2015): 297–308. doi.org/10.1016/j.actbio.2015.06.013
  • S. Morelli, A. Piscioneri, A. Messina S. Salerno, Mohamed B. Al-Fageeh, E. Drioli, L. De Bartolo. Neuronal growth and differentiation on biodegradable membranes. Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, 9 (2015): 106–117. DOI: 10.1002/term.1618.
  • E. Curcio, A. Piscioneri, S. Morelli, S. Salerno, P. Macchiarini, L. De Bartolo. Kinetics of oxygen uptake by cells potentially used in a tissue engineered trachea. Biomaterials. 35(2014): 6829-6837. doi.org/10.1016/j.biomaterials.2014.04.100.
  • A. Piscioneri, C. Campana, S. Salerno, S. Morelli, A. Bader, F. Giordano, E. Drioli, L. De Bartolo. Biodegradable and synthetic membranes for the expansion and functional differentiation of rat embryonic liver cells. Acta Biomaterialia 2011, 7:171-179. doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2010.07.039
  • S. Pavlica, A. Piscioneri, F. Peinemann, M. Keller, J. Milosevic, A. Staeudte, A. Heilmann, M. Schulz-Siegmund, S. Laera, P. Favia, L. De Bartolo, A. Bader. Rat embryonic liver cell expansion and differentiation on NH3 plasma-grafted PEEK-WC-PU membranes. Biomaterials, 30(2009): 6514–6521. DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2009.08.024
  • S. Salerno, A. Piscioneri, S. Laera, S. Morelli, P. Favia, A. Bader, E. Drioli, L. De Bartolo. Improved functions of human hepatocytes on NH3 Plasma–grafted PEEK-WC-PU membranes. Biomaterials, 30(2009):4348–4356. DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2009.04.052.


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