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Agnese Fragassi

PhD Student Fellow
Nanotechnology for Precision Medicine
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Agnese Fragassi is a PhD student in the Laboratory of Nanotechnology for Precision Medicine at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), directed by Prof. Paolo Decuzzi. Her research activities focus on the development of polymeric micro- and nano-particles for delivering different drugs (anti-inflammatory drugs and/or growth factors), in order to combine therapeutic activity and regenerative medicine. She joined IIT in March 2019 as Master Student for doing her thesis work and she achieved her MSc degree in November 2019 at the "G. D'Annunzio" of Chieti-Pescara discussing the thesis  "Spherical polymeric nanoconstructs loaded with Docetaxel and Curcumin for the treatment of Neuroblastoma". After graduating, she started an internship in IIT during which she continued to work on the same research line. In November 2020, she started her PhD in Sciences and Technologies of Chemistry and Material at the University of Genoa, under the supervision of Professor Decuzzi. Her PhD project is focused on the development of hydrogel microparticles made by biopolymers, as local drug delivery system for the treatment of OsteoarthritisFrom May 2022 to July 2022, she spent a period as visiting PhD student  at the Azrieli College of Engineering, in Jerusalem, under the supervision of Professor Haytam Kasem. During this period, her studies, performed at the mechanical enegineeering department,  were aimed to investigate the influence of microparticles on the tribological properties of the Sinovial Fluid.