Paola Occhetta, MSc

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paola_occhettaPaola Occhetta was born in 1987. She got her Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2009 from the Politecnico di Milano with a thesis about the genetics of atrial fibrillation. She spent the first year of Master degree at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University of Blacksburg (Virginia, U.S.), where she attended for two months the Cellular Engineering Microsystems Labs (Advisor: Dr. R.V. Davalos). She obtained her Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 2011. Her master thesis, performed in collaboration with the Cell and Tissue Engineering Lab of IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi (Milano), concerned the synthesis and characterization of photopolymerizable hydrogels used as biomimetic matrices, focusing on applications in combination with microfluidic platforms. She got her PhD degree in Bioengineering in 2015 from the Politecnico di Milano with a dissertation focused on the development of advanced microfluidics platforms as in vitro models for investigating the role of microenvironmental signaling on stem cell fate. During her PhD, she spent five months at the Tissue Engineering Laboratory (Advisor: Prof. Dr. Ivan Martin) of the University Hospital of Basel (Switzerland) and other six months at the Tissue Engineering and Microfluidics (TEaM) Laboratory (Advisor: Prof. Justin Cooper-White) of the University of Queensland (Australia). She currently has a post-doc position at the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering of Politecnico di Milano. Her current research activity concerns the design and development of advanced microfluidic devices for the generation, culture and analysis of three-dimensional cellular constructs for applications in the fields of regenerative medicine and drug screening.