Laura Russo’s research experience dates to 2009, as PhD student in the BioOrganic research group of University of Milano-Bicocca, working on a multidisciplinary project exploiting glycoscience in the field of nano- and bio-materials for tissue engineering.
In 2010 Dr. Laura Russo joined the research group of Prof. Julian R. Jones, at Imperial College of London, as Visiting Researcher, working on the design and synthesis of hybrid biomaterials for tissue regeneration. From 2013 to 2015 she worked, as Post Doc Fellow, at University of Milano – Bicocca, Dept of Biotechnology and Biosciences, where she was unit coordinator of a research project founded by CARIPLO Foundation on the design and synthesis of smart biomaterials through the chemical derivatization with carbohydrates as signal biomolecules.
In 2016 Dr. Russo awarded a SFI Starting Investigator Research Grant (SIRG) to conduct her research on Glyco-functionalized hydrogels and biomaterials for tissue engineering applications.
Since 2017 Dr Russo is Assistant Professor at University of Milano-Bicocca, Visiting Researcher at Cùram – Ireland and Adjunct Lecturer at National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) – Department of Chemistry.
Dr. Laura Russo gained expertise in regenerative medicine and nanomedicine. In particular, she worked on nano- and biomaterials functionalization using a wide range of materials (organic, inorganic, polymeric, natural and synthetic), and smart functionalized hydrogel for 3D cell cultures. Dr Russo has also expertise in manipulating complex biomolecules such as carbohydrates. Her research activity to date has allowed to the design and set up of different chemoselective ligation strategies for the covalent immobilization of several carbohydrates and peptides of biological interest on nanomaterials for tissue engineering applications (bone and cartilage regeneration, cardiac regeneration, neuronal regeneration). Today, the research interests of Dr. Russo are focused on 3D smart biomaterials for cell studies and on 3D printed biomaterials for biomedical applications.
- Biomaterials for tissue engineering and 3d advanced in vitro models
- 3D bioprinting and biopolymers design
- Modification and chemical functionalization of polymers for biomedical applications
Awards and Honours:
- 2017 Award for innovation in research of the Italian Chemical Society - “Organic Chemistry in Life Science” Award.
The research of Laura Russo gained a strong national and international recognition being reported by the media, including the Tg1 National Edition, in which she was personally interviewed, and numerous foreign newspapers.
- 2016 Recognition of Irish “Minister of State for Training, Skills and Innovation”, John Halligan TD - as “next leaders of research in Ireland, shaping the research community both in Ireland and internationally”.