Università di Parma
TECMED Lab
Experimental and Applied Medical Technologies Lab

Staff

Michele Miragoli, Ph.D., HEAD

Dr. Michele Miragoli is Associate Professor in Experimental and Applied Medical Technologies at the Department of Medicine and Surgery at the University of Parma, member of the CERT, Center of Excellence for Toxicological Research and associate Researcher  at the Humanitas Research Center in Milan. Currently, he holds the position of Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Genetic and Biomedical Research at the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). He is part of the Executive Member Committee of the Italian Society of Cardiovascular Research. He graduated in Biological Sciences at the University of Parma, Italy, and completed a PhD program in Pathophysiology at the Institute of General Physiology, Parma. After his PhD, he spent five years at the Institute of Physiology, University of Bern, Switzerland, learning the technique of optical recording of impulse propagation with a focus on the cellular bases of cardiac arrhythmia and the role of myofibroblasts in their pathogenesis. In March 2008 he joined the National Heart and Lung Institute at the  Imperial College London with the aim to combine a new promising technique, hopping probe scanning ion conductance microscopy (SICM), with the optical recording of impulse propagation, in order to study functional and structural cellular remodelling. This unique non-invasive system permitted to investigate cardiac excitability at the nanoscale, opening a new avenue for the cardiac nanomedicine. In 2011, Dr. Miragoli achieved the Young Research Grant from the Ministry of Health, allowing him to come back to Italy at the University of Parma and establishing his research group. In the meantime, he was appointed as Junior Group Leader at Humanitas Research Center in Milan. For more info about his work,  please see the overview of scientific publications and research. For the information how to contact Prof. Michele Miragoli please visit the contact page.

Dr. Stefano Rossi, Ph.D, Senior Research Assistant

Dr. Stefano Rossi obtained his Ph.D in 2006 at University of Parma and became a Postdoc at the Department of Biologia Evolutiva e Funzionale from the same University. He spent one year as foreign student at the CVRT , Utah University (USA) under the supervision of Prof. Bruno Taccardi. Dr. Rossi' expertise is focused on in-vivo cardiac electrophysiology and arrhythmia mechanisms. He currently collaborates in several projects, in particular related to nanotoxicology and nanomedicine. He is author of more than 30 indexed publications, H index=13 and he acts as reviewer for several international journal in the cardiac physiology field. He was awarded with the Kenichi Harumi Young Investigator's Award 2006 at the International Congress on Electrocardiology. He is member of the Italian Society of Cardiovascular Research, Italian Society of Translational Research and Health Professional and European Society of Cardiology (WG in cellular electrophysiology). He is working as senior research assistant and Laboratory manager at the Experimental and Applied Medical Technology Laboratories. Please visit the  contact page
Contact: stefano.rossi@unipr.it

Prof.  Giovanna Maria Pelà, M.D., Cardiologist

Prof. Giovanna Maria Pelà is  Professor of Sport Medicine at University of Parma and Cardiologist at the Azienda-Ospedaliera Universitaria di Parma. Specialized in Cardiology, Internal Medicine and Sport Science. More than 30 years of experience in cardiology. The field of interests are sports Cardiology and cardiac performance in non-professional athlete and childern, systemic hypertension, cardiomyopathy, cardiovascular physiology, physical exercise and heart disease. Please visit the contact page
Contact: giovanna.pela@unipr.it

Dr.  Rosario Ignazio Statello, Ph.D., Neuroscientist

Rosario Statello, Ph.D., is a junior post-doc at the University of Cagliari and University of Parma. Currently he works at the Experimental and Applied Medical Technology laboratory at University of Parma. He studied "biology and biomedical applications" at University of Parma, where he graduated with honours. In 2019, he held a Ph.D. in Neurosciences at the University of Parma. During the Ph.D. period his research activity focused on autonomic neuroscience and stress-related disorders in humans and animal models, and he worked at the Stress Physiology Lab of the Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability of the University of Parma, under the mentoring of Prof. Andrea Sgoifo. Therefore, he has been able to develop special skills in microsurgery, management of radiotelemetry systems, and laboratory animal stress paradigms. Rosario is author or coauthor of more than 10 scientific articles. At present his main research topics include heart rate variability analysis and brain-heart axis regulation. In addition, he is strongly interested in cardiac physiology, psychophysiology and behavioral neuroscience, neurophysiology, immunology and microbiology. He Joined the Lab on 1 July 2020 with the aim to study HRV in OSA patients by machine learning approach (Project Sleep@SA). Contact:  rosarioignazio.statello@studenti.unipr.it
                                           


Eng. Ruben Foresti, Ph.D, Research Fellow.

Ph.D. Ruben Foresti is Postdoctoral Researcher in Applied Medical Technology at University of Parma under the supervision of Prof. Cosimo Costantino.  Research field addressed in 3D, 4D and 5D processes for digital fabrication of biomedical devices and customized scaffolds. PhD in Industrial Engineering at University of Parma. Design and implementation of additive manufacturing systems for biomedical and food applications, including software and 3D model design. Expertise in rapid prototyping of automated systems with remote control including the design and the software development, electrical parts and mobile application. MSc. in Engineering Management and BSc. in Electronics Engineering. Co-founders of M3datek, academic spinoff. Ruben Foresti has been appointed as Research Fellow in Biomedical Engineering in January 2022. Please visit the contact page
Contact: ruben.foresti@unipr.it

Dr. Nicolò Salvarani, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow.

Dr. Nicolò Salvarani achieved the MSc. in Biological Science at the University of Parma and the Ph.D in collaboration with University of Bern (Switzerland). He joined as postdoc  the National Research Council of Italy (IRGB) in 2014 and so the Miragoli's Lab at the Humanitas Research Center.  Nicolò has a long experience in patch-clamp technique, especially dedicated to heterocellular coupling and double whole-cell coupling. Nicolò achieved several prize and project during his career with H index = 12 and first authorship in leading scientific journals. Nicolò has been appointed as Research Fellow in Cardiac Physiology at the National Research Council in January 2022.
Contact: nicolo.salvarani@humanitasresearch.it

Dr. Amparo Guerrero Gerboles, Ph.D., Postdoc

  DR. Amparo Guerrero Gerboles achieved the MSc in Medical Biotechnology at University of Parma. She graduated with a dcotral degree on May 2022 at the University of Parma, with a collaborative  project carried at the Alessandra Rossini's laboratory at EURAC Research Center.   Her project aim to understand the role of mechanic clues during the differentiation in engineering Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells derived in cardiomyocytes iPSC-CM for long-term modulation of their maturation and function.
Contact: amparo.guerrerogerboles@unipr.it

Eng. Margherita Burattini, Ph.D. Student.

Margherita Burattini graduated in Bioengineering at University of Pavia. Currently she is a PhD student at the Experimental and Applied Medical Technologies Lab at University of Parma and at University of Verona (co-tutoring). Margherita is interested in applying in-vitro modelling to investigate the electromechanical coupling by revisiting the cardiac memory concept, using Artificial Intelligence, computer vision technology, and Tissue Engineering approaches.
Contact: margherita.burattini@univr.it



Dr. Eng. Flavia Bonalumi, Ph.D., PostDoc.

Dr Flavia Bonalumi graduated in 2016 in biomedical engineering with a MSc in tissue engineering at  Politecnico  di Milano. She obtained her PhD in 2021 at the University of Brighton with a thesis regarding the engineering of biofunctionalised, macroporous scaffolds for the development of a bioartificial liver. She worked for 18 months as laboratory scientist at Tissue Click Ltd startup leading a project funded by Innovative UK for the developing of a kit for the diagnosing of COVID19. She then joined the TECMED lab in July 2022 as post doc as part of the YIRG 2021 grant for the development of cardiac organ-on-a-chips from iPSC derived from patients with cardiac pathologies. Contact at: flavia.bonalumi@unipr.it


Dr.Eng. Mirko Hu, Ph.D. , PostDoc.

Dr Mirko Hu obtained a BSc in Automation and Control Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2014 and graduated at Imperial College of London with a MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering with Process Systems Engineering in 2017. To maintain his multidisciplinarity, he continued his studies in complex systems at IMT School for Advanced Studies in Lucca in the NETWORKS unit, where he obtained his PhD in 2022, with a thesis that investigated the network analysis of microbiota in inflammatory bowel diseases. During his PhD, he worked at Digitiamo, a startup that provides machine learning solutions to small and big businesses. He joined TECMED Lab in July 2022 as post doc as part of the YIRG 2021 grant. Contact: mirko.hu@unipr.it

Dr.Eng. Minh Long Hoang, Ph.D. , PostDoc.

Dr. Minh Long Hoang achieved his Ph.D. in Feb 2022 at the University of Salerno, Italy. The project was a Nationally Operative Program (PON) of the European Union about “Industry 4.0 oriented enhancement of Inertial Platform performance”. Also, within this project, he has been collaborating with Sensor System srl Company (Italy) and Baumer Company (Germany) as Researcher in R&D department in the field of inclinometer. He received the M.S. degree in electronic engineering in 2018 from University of Salerno, SA, Italy. In July 2022, he starts working on a new project, ‘Organ-on-a-chip,’ at the University of Parma as a postdoc. His research interests include inertial measurement unit (IMU) sensors, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), real-time measurements, embedded systems, signal processing, machine learning and deep learning. Contact:  minhlong.hoang@unipr.it



Dr. Francesco Paolo Lo Muzio, Ph.D., PostDoc.

Francesco Paolo Lo Muzio graduated in Biology and Biomedical Application at University of Parma. Currently he is Ph.D student at the Experimental and Applied Medical Technologies Lab at University of Parma and at University of Verona (collaboration agreement). Francesco is interested in dissecting local distribution of electromechanical delay in disease hearts using a combination of high-res epicardial mapping, computer vision technology and Artificial Intelligence. The project is related to understand the prognostic index of electromechanical delay during RV failure after pulmonary hypertension or cardiac hypertrophy. Francesco during his 1st year of Ph.D achieve the young investigator research prize at the Cardiac mechanoelectric coupling meeting in Freiburg (2019, see the NEWS page). Francesco is  first author and co-author of five peer-reviewed publications. 
Contact: francescopaolo.lomuzio@unipr.it

                                                             
                                                                   

                                               











          
Undergraduate Students

Federica Marrano.  electrokinematic delay evaluation in the right ventricle during pulmonary hypertension