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Institute for Life Sciences

Sara Ferri 2021

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In the longer run and for wide-reaching issues, more creative solutions tend to come from imaginative interdisciplinary collaboration.

I obtained my BSc degree (2015) and my MSc degree (2017) in Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (Milan, Italy). My Master programme was focused on Biomechanics and Biomaterials and my final thesis dealt with the design and modelling of a portable haemodialysis system for people affected by End Stage Renal Disease. My MSc research at the Laboratory of Biological Structure Mechanics (LaBS) was done under the supervision of Prof. Maria Laura Costantino and Dr. Giustina Casagrande. During the thesis, I had the chance to do tests and experiments in an interdisciplinary laboratory, here I understood the importance of working with people with different backgrounds. People with different expertise can address problems from different perspectives and this is fundamental in research.


Now, I am a jointly funded Medicine/IfLS PhD student at the University of Southampton under the supervision of Dr. Dario Carugo and Dr. Nick Evans. The project is part of a cross-disciplinary Bioengineering program between the school of Engineering and the school of Medicine. The aim of my PhD is to create acoustic bubbles loaded with molecules that expand into bubbles when excited by ultrasound to release drug. I will study how this can affect cells and tissues and whether or not the process can be used to stimulate stem cells to make bone and to repair bone fractures.

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