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s.salerno@itm.cnr.it  -  simona.salerno@cnr.it

Tel: +39 0984 492034

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


Biographical Sketch

Graduated cum Laude in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology (2001) and PhD in Cellular Biochemistry and Pharmacological Activity in Oncology (2006) at the University of Calabria. Associate Professor in Bioengineering and in Chemical Fundamentals of Technologies (2018/2024). She joined the CNR-ITM since 2003 during her PhD, successively as post doc fellow in several research projects funded by EC, MIUR, KACST, and in 2018 as permanent researcher. She had abroad experience in Germany (Biotechnologisch Biomedizinisches Zentrum, UniLeipzig, 2005, 2013), Brazil (Instituto de Fisica, University of São Paulo, 2011, 2012), Poland (Institute of Biocybernetic and Biomedical Engineering, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, 2010, 2011). Awarded as Early Stage Researcher by the European Membrane Society at the 10th International Congress on Membranes and Membrane Processes, ICOM 2014, for her contribution “Biofunctional membranes for human bioengineered skin substitute”. She is author of more than 65 papers published in scientific peer reviewed journals, book chapters, Special Issue Guest Editor, entries of encyclopaedia, and more than 80 contributions at scientific conferences, in some of which she was Invited Speaker and Chairperson. She serves as scientific advisor for funding Institutions, as referee for several scientific journals, and as supervisor of more than 20 master degree students, PhD students, trainees.

Main fields of research:

  • Development and characterization of polymeric micro- and nano-structured membranes for health and life science.
  • Development of bioartificial organs and engineered tissues for regenerative medicine and in vitro study of diseases, drugs activity and biotransformation.
  • Fluid-dynamic characterization and optimization of membrane bioreactors and microfluidic devices.
  • Drug testing and drug delivery in bio-hybrid membrane systems.
  • Cell-material interactions and morpho-functional behavior of mesenchymal and primary human cells in bio-hybrid membrane systems.

Most representive publication:

  • Salerno S, Curcio E, Bader A, Giorno L, Drioli E, De Bartolo L. Gas permeable membrane bioreactor for the co-culture of human skin derived mesenchymal stem cells with hepatocytes and endothelial cells. J Membrane Sci, 2018; 563: 694–707. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2018.06.029
  • Salerno S, Messina A, Giordano F, Bader A, Drioli E, De Bartolo L. Dermal-epidermal membrane systems by using human keratinocytes and mesenchymal stem cells isolated from dermis. Mater Sci Eng C-Mater Biol Appl, 2017; 71: 943-53. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.msec.2016.11.008
  • Salerno S, Morelli S, Giordano F, Gordano A, De Bartolo L. Polymeric membranes modulate human keratinocyte differentiation in specific epidermal layers. Colloid Surface B-Biointerfaces 2016; 146: 352-62. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.colsurfb.2016.06.026
  • Morelli S, Salerno S, Piscioneri A, Tasselli F, Drioli E, De Bartolo L. 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.2016.01.03
  • Salerno S, Campana C, Morelli S, Drioli E, De Bartolo L. Human hepatocytes and endothelial cells in organotypic membrane systems. Biomaterials 2011; 32(34): 8848-59. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biomaterials.2011.08.004
  • Morelli S, Salerno S, Piscioneri A, Papenburg BJ, Di Vito A, Giusi G, Canonaco M, Stamatialis D, Drioli E, De Bartolo L. Influence of micro-patterned PLLA membranes on outgrowth and orientation of hippocampal neurites. Biomaterials 2010; 31(27):7000-11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biomaterials.2010.05.079
  • Salerno S, Piscioneri A, Laera S, Morelli S, Favia P, Bader A, Drioli E, De Bartolo L. Improved functions of human hepatocytes on NH3 plasma –grafted PEEK-WC-PU membranes. Biomaterials 2009; 30(26): 4348-56. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biomaterials.2009.04.052
  • De Bartolo L, Salerno S, Curcio E, Piscioneri A, Rende M, Morelli S, Tasselli F, Bader A, Drioli E. Human hepatocyte functions in a crossed hollow fiber membrane bioreactor. Biomaterials 2009; 30(13):2531-43. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biomaterials.2009.01.011
  • Curcio E, Salerno S, Barbieri G, De Bartolo L, Drioli E, Bader A. Mass transfer and metabolic reactions in hepatocyte spheroids cultured in rotating wall gas-permeable membrane system. Biomaterials 2007; 28(36): 487-97. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biomaterials.2007.08.033
  • De Bartolo L, Salerno S, Morelli S, Giorno L, Rende M, Memoli B, Procino A, Andreucci VE, Bader A, Drioli E. Long-term maintenance of human hepatocytes in oxygen-permeable membrane bioreactor. Biomaterials 2006; 27(27):4794-803. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biomaterials.2006.05.015


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