Marianna Colasuonno is a PhD Student in Nanomedicine at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna and IIT. Her research activities in the Laboratory of Nanotechnology for Precision Medicine focus on the synthesis of theranostic polymeric nanoparticles for imaging and treatment in cardiovascular diseases, including thrombosis and stroke management.
During her master degree in Medical Biotechnologies and Molecular Medicine at the University of Bari, she attended the course “Optimal Design of Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications” by Prof. Paolo Decuzzi, and was selected for a student fellowship in Nanomedicine at the Methodist Hospital Research Institute of Houston (USA). In June 2015, she moved to Houston for 3 months joining the “Translational Imaging” group coordinated by Prof. Paolo Decuzzi, where she started working on the synthesis of polymeric nanoparticles for cardiovascular diseases. At the end of the student fellowship, she moved back to Italy, to the Laboratory of Nanotechnology for Precision Medicine at the Italian Institute on Technology (IIT). She completed her MSc thesis in “Synthesis and characterization of Discoidal Polymeric Nanoconstructs covered with tissue Plasminogen Activator (tPA-DPNs) for the dissolution of blood clots” in November 2015 and then started her PhD course.