Valeria Perugini

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Research interests

Within the multidisciplinary field of regenerative medicine, my specific research interests lie in two interconnected areas including tissue engineering and stem cell biology.

In tissue engineering, I encourage basic and translational research that takes advantage of advances in biology, chemistry, material science and nanotechnology to develop new constructs capable to mimic the structure and function of organs and tissues targeted for their regeneration and repair both in vitro and in vivo. This research is closely associated with the use of specific synthetic and processing methods to rationally design and create biomaterials in according to their final clinical and therapeutic applications including diabetes, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative diseases.

In stem cell biology, I am focus in the development of adult stem cell-derived organoid systems to serve as a new class of biological model for both tissue and organ proxies. These generally aim to recapitulate the main natural features of the stem cell microenvironment or niche which strictly include cell-environment interactions, cell-cell contacts and certain physiological cues generated by tissue-specific cells within the organoid.

Scholarly biography

Valeria graduated from the Faculty of Science of Marche University (IT) in 2005 and worked in the Medical School for two years in the areas  of regulation of human placental development and diseases associated with pregnancy including preeclampsia, diabetes and anaemia. Following that, she has decided moving to the UK where she has completed her MSc in Cell Development Biology and then her PhD at the University of Brighton in 2014. This has been awarded with an international JPE Doctoral Research Award in Biomaterials in 2016. Valeria is currently Research Fellow in Regenerative Medicine at the School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences and she is involved in numerous successful European research projects of non-commercial and commercial importance. During the last ten years, she has acquired a great amount of knowledge across a varied range of therapeutic areas alongside critical-thinking, research and project-management skills while developing the right abilities to identify and define project requirements, scope and objectives delivering thus each project on time and within budget.  

Supervisory Interests

1 PhD student

1 MRes student

Education/Academic qualification


Award Date: 14 Jan 2014

Master, University of Sussex

Award Date: 30 Sep 2009

Bachelor, Marche Polytechnic University

Award Date: 9 Nov 2005


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