Fabiola Munarin, PhD is currently an Assistant Professor of Engineering (Research) at Brown University, School of Engineering. She obtained her PhD in Bioengineering cum laude from Politecnico di Milano, Italy, in 2011. Her research interests are directed towards the use of natural polymers to design 3-dimensional systems for tissue regeneration and neovascularization.
She was visiting researcher at Instituto de Engenharia Biomédica, Porto (Portugal) from 2009 to 2010, where she was trained in the use of stem cells for regenerative medicine.
She joined Brown University in 2014 as a Post-Doctoral fellow in the Coulombe Laboratory, and widened her expertise to translational research, investigating vascularization, arrhythmia risk and electrical integration of epicardially implanted engineered human cardiac tissues in ischemia/reperfusion models.
Dr. Munarin received the Altran Foundation price “Bioengineering and stem cells” (2012), the European Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Doctoral Award (2013) and the Materials Science and Engineering C Young Researcher Award (2014). She is secretary of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society – Providence Section, Editorial Board Member of Science Progress (Sage Publishing) and peer review panelist for the American Heart Association Bioengineering-Basic Science (BSc3) group.
Her current research interest involves the development of smart biomaterials and delivery systems to leverage the activation of the cells of the immune system for promoting angiogenesis in ischemic tissues. Her research has been supported by the CardioPulmonary Vascular Biology COBRE Pilot Project and by the Rhode Island Foundation Medical Research Grants.