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Dr Gianluca Cidonio BSc, MSc, PhD


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Dr Gianluca Cidonio is an EPSRC DP Research Fellow within Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton.

I am interested in tissue regeneration and my research focuses on using 3D printing to deliver stem cells and biomaterials in three dimensions to fabricate functional and implantable constructs

Gianluca was found the successful recipient of the EPSRC Doctoral Prize Award 2018/19 at University of Southampton for the investigation of novel bone extracellular matrix (ECM) bioinks. He is currently working at the Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration (CHDSCR) at the Institute of Developmental Sciences, Southampton General Hospital.

Gianluca hold a BSc. and Biomedical Engineering from University of Rome “La Sapienza”. During his MSc, Gianluca focused on 3D printing composite hydrogels for cardiac regeneration and drug delivery purposes at Trombetta Lab at University of Rome “Campus Biomedico”, delivering various drug that support cardiac tissue repair after stroke or enhanced oxygen deprivation. He was a graduate student at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA, USA). At the Suh lab at Temple, he worked on cell penetrating peptides (CPPs) for the delivery of drug cargos within living cells.

Gianluca then joined the Bone and Joint Research Group led by Prof. Richard Oreffo at the University of Southampton for his PhD studies in tissue engineering. Under the supervision of Prof Shoufeng Yang, Dr Jonathan Dawson and Prof Richard Oreffo, he focused on the study of 3D bioprinting technologies to guide skeletal tissue regeneration. He worked on the development of novel nanocomposite bioinks for the printing of living skeletal stem cells and the regeneration of bone tissue.

Here in Southampton Gianluca as an EPSRC DP Fellow is aiming to develop multiple research projects for the fabrication of functional constructs that might help to regenerate damaged or missing tissue parts.


BSc Clinical Engineering, University of Rome “La Sapienza” (2010)

MSc(Hons) Biomedical Engineering, University of Rome “La Sapienza” (2013)

PhD Tissue Engineering, University of Southampton (2015)

EPSRC DP Fellow, University of Southampton (2018)

Research interests

Bone & Joint Research Group, Centre for Human Development, Stem Cells and Regeneration, Institute of Developmental Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

Research interests

  • 3D printing
  • Skeletal regeneration
  • Cell-printing
  • Hydrogels
  • Stem cells

PhD Supervision


Prof Richard O.C. Oreffo

Dr Jonathan I. Dawson

Prof Shoufeng Yang

PhD research

PhD Thesis title: “Novel 3D scaffolds for bone formation and cell printing”

Funding: EPSRC, BBSRC, FortisNet, University of Southampton FEE and Faculty of Medicine.

Research projects

Gianluca is working towards a printable living bone. His research interests are primarily focused in producing functional and implantable scaffolds by printing skeletal stem cells for the repair of damaged or missing bone tissue.

With his EPSRC DP fellowship, Gianluca aims to research the mechanism of regeneration of damaged bone after implantation of 3D printed bioactive scaffold. The implants will be fabricated from skeletal stem cells and a bio-ink made from patients’ own bone tissue and nanoclay material. 

Research group

Human Development and Health

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Dr Gianluca Cidonio
Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Building 85, Life Sciences Building, Highfield Campus, Southampton, SO171BJ

Room Number: SGH//MP887

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