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Giulia Suarato

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Analytical Chemistry and Translational Pharmacology, Analytical Chemistry Lab
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As a material engineer I have learnt how to adapt technological tools which might have been conceived in the first place for a different application at the advantage of a particular biological question of interest. The tremendous versatility and precision achievable by tuning the material chemistry or its final morphology and surface topography allows the investigation of cellular phenomena in an unequivocal manner. My educational training  has exposed me to several challenges in the field of Bioengineering. Thanks to the wide diversity of experimental approaches and techniques required by the projects I was involved in, I gained a very hybrid background, spanning from chemical synthesis and cell culture techniques for tumor models, to microfluidics for protein patterning, to tissue engineering. 

The main focus of my doctoral studies revolved around the development of a highly adaptable nanoparticulate tool able to exert multiple but very specific biological functions. I conceptualized and fabricated a stimuli-responsive, nanotechnological platform, based on chitosan self-assembled micelles, with the dual aim of targeted drug/protein delivery and intracellular observation.  

Currently, I am working with naturally-derived biopolymers, processed in various morphological architectures (films, electrospun nanofibers, coatings, microparticles), in a quest of a more environmentally-friendly wound care management. Naturally-derived materials, biomasses from agro-industrial wastes and even wastes from the textile production can constitute a powerful resource to be exploited in the biomedical fields, thanks to their inherent  biocompatibility, bio-resorbability, antioxidant activity and cellular growth support ability. 

Education

Title: PhD in Materials Science and Engineering
Institute: Stony Brook University
Location: Stony Brook, NY
Country: USA
From: 2010 To: 2016

Title: Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
Institute: Politecnico di Milano
Location: Milano
Country: Italy
From: 2008 To: 2010

Title: Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
Institute: Politecnico di Milano
Location: Milano
Country: Italy
From: 2004 To: 2008

Experience External

Title: Teaching assistant
Institute: Politecnico di Milano
Location: Milano
Country: Italy
From: 2016 To: 2019

Title: Graduate Students President
Institute: Stony Brook University
Location: Stony Brook, NY
Country: USA
From: 2013 To: 2016

Title: Mentor
Institute: Stony Brook University
Location: Stony Brook, NY
Country: USA
From: 2011 To: 2014

Title: Teaching assistant
Institute: Stony Brook University
Location: Stony Brook, NY
Country: USA
From: 2010 To: 2016

All Publications
2021
Antinori M.E., Contardi M., Suarato G., Armirotti A., Bertorelli R., Mancini G., Debellis D., Athanassiou A.
Advanced mycelium materials as potential self-growing biomedical scaffolds
Scientific Reports, vol. 11, (no. 1)
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2021
Lenzuni M., Suarato G., Miele D., Carzino R., Ruggeri M., Bertorelli R., Sandri G., Athanassiou A.
Development of biodegradable zein-based bilayer coatings for drug-eluting stents
RSC Advances, vol. 11, (no. 39), pp. 24345–24358
Article Journal
2021
Contardi M., Lenzuni M., Fiorentini F., Summa M., Bertorelli R., Suarato G., Athanassiou A.
Hydroxycinnamic Acids and Derivatives Formulations for Skin Damages and Disorders: A Review
Pharmaceutics
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2021
Fiorentini F., Suarato G., Grisoli P., Zych A., Bertorelli R., Athanassiou A.
Plant-based biocomposite films as potential antibacterial patches for skin wound healing
European Polymer Journal, vol. 150
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2020
Li W., Suarato G., Cathcart J.M., Sargunas P.R., Meng Y.
Design, characterization, and intracellular trafficking of biofunctionalized chitosan nanomicelles
Biointerphases, vol. 15, (no. 6)
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