Chiara Formica


Bioprinting of functional kidney units

Chiara moved from Italy to The Netherlands to do her PhD at Leiden University Medical Center, in the Human Genetic Department. During her PhD, she worked on a genetic disease of the kidney (Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease – ADPKD). In particular, she focused on the role of renal injury-repair mechanisms in the development of ADPKD. She started at the MERLN in November 2020 as a Postdoc. Her project aims to use stem cell technology combined with bioprinting to develop functional kidney units that can be used as disease models, drug testing in vitro, but also as a promising regenerative medicine therapy for chronic kidney diseases.


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