Dr. Manuela T. Raimondi received her five-year Laurea in Mechanical Engineering in 1993 and her PhD in Bioengineering in 2000 from Polytechnic University in Milano, Italy. Here, she is a Full Professor of Bioengineering in the Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering “G. Natta”, where she teaches the course “Technologies for Regenerative Medicine” in the Biomedical Engineering graduate program.
Dr. Raimondi is the founder of the Mechanobiology group, and Director of the Mechanobiology Lab and of the Interdepartmental Live Cell Imaging lab. She has pioneered the development of cutting-edge tools for cell modelling, ranging from micro-engineered stem cell niches, to miniaturized windows for intravital imaging in vivo , to microfluidic culture systems to engineer tissue-equivalents and organoids for cell modelling and drug discovery. Her platforms are currently commercialized by her start-up, MOAB srl.
Her research is funded by the European Research Council (ERC), by the European Commission, by the European Space Agency and by the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs, based in UK). Since September 2020, she resides in Philadelphia for a one-year appointment as a visiting professor at 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, University of Pennsylvania.
ERC website: www.nichoid.polimi.it