Education and working activities
Marta Tunesi graduated in Biomedical Engineering in 2006. In 2011, she obtained her Ph.D. in Materials Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, with a thesis on hydrogel-based systems for drug delivery and cell housing in central nervous system applications.
Marta Tunesi worked as a post-doc researcher at Dept. Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering "G. Natta" (Politecnico di Milano) from January 2011 to December 2017. Among the others, she was involved in the research projects NANOBRAIN (Nanostructured hydrogels for the controlled release of engineered therapeutic proteins against Parkinson’s disease-related neurodegeneration) and ERC-CoG-NICHOID (Mechanobiology of nuclear import of transcription factors modelled within a bioengineered stem cell niche).
From December 2017, she has been untenured researcher (Italian Law n. 240/10) at the same department. She has been involved in the project ERC-CoG-MINERVA (MIcrobiota-Gut-BraiN EngineeRed platform to eVAluate intestinal microflora impact on brain functionality).
In 2009, Marta Tunesi was awarded with the Roberto Rocca doctoral Fellowship and was visiting Ph.D. student at the Mc Govern Institute for Brain Research (MIT, US) under the supervision of prof. Emilio Bizzi.
In July 2011, she was visiting researcher at the Instituto de Engenharia Biomedica (INEB, Porto).
From 2018, Marta Tunesi has been a lecturer for the course “Laboratory of Micro/Nanostructures”, Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano.
Her scientific activity has been devoted to the: a) development and characterization of hydrogel-based systems for neural cell culture and drug delivery against central nervous system neurodegeneration; b) development and evaluation of dynamic culture systems for advanced in vitro models of brain tissue (in both physiological and pathological conditions).
Her H-index score is 10 (source: Scopus).