Denise Murgia is a Post Doc in the Nanotechnology for Precision Medicine research line at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. The main research activities focus on the design and the development of polymeric micro- and nano-constructs loaded with different drugs for the treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases as osteoarthritis.
Dr Murgia achieved her MSc Degree in Pharmacy and Industrial Pharmacy in October 2016 at the University of Palermo, discussing the experimental thesis “Analytical analysis and legislation of confiscated Anabolic Steroids”. In this work, the chemical compositions of all the confiscated medical products were studied to identify each Anabolic Steroid delivered and the presence of eventual other components not claimed on the label. Then she spent a period at University of Palermo as volunteer graduated researcher, working on the fabrication and characterization of innovative adhesive drug delivery systems specifically designed to deliver active substances and nutraceuticals for the treatment of several oral cavity diseases. In May 2018, she enrolled as PhD student in Oncology and Experimental Surgery at University of Palermo, following the International PhD Course program, with the project “New procedure of guide bone regeneration using Leukocyte-and Platelet-RichFibrin (L-PRF)”. The aim of this research project was the formulation and characterization of multifunctional and bioerodible nanocomposites loaded with antibiotics and natural active compounds to be applied with L-PRF in the post-extraction socket to enhance hard e soft tissues regenerations. During the PhD she joined the KU Leuven (Belgium) as a member of OMFS-IMPATH-Research Group, working on the regeneration of dental tissues (dental pulp, periodontal ligament, and alveolar bone) by tissue engineering techniques based on hydrogels, 3D-bioprinting scaffolds, growth factors and stem cells. After the PhD graduation, in May 2021, she started a research fellowship for the design and development and safety evaluation of cosmetic semisolids including polyphenols extracted from grape processing waste. In April 2022 she joined IIT as Post Doc.