Angela R Armiento
Post Doc, PhD
Since 2017 Dr Angela R Armiento has been working as post-doctoral researcher at the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI), within the Stem Cell Focus Area.
She completed her bachelor in Biotechnology in 2008 with a research internship at the department of Medical Genetics at the IRCCS Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza (San Giovanni Rotondo, IT). Here she was involved in the application, validation and optimization of novel molecular techniques for the diagnosis of Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. In 2010 Angela completed her master in Medical, Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology at the University of Parma (Parma, IT). She then undertook a six-month internship at the department of Animal Production, Veterinary Biotechnology, Food Quality and Safety (University of Parma, IT) where she started working with mesenchymal stem cells from synovial fluid and adipose tissue for the repair of cartilage lesions in riding horses. In 2011 she moved to Aberdeen to start a PhD under the supervision of Prof Cosimo De Bari at the Institute of Medical Science (University of Aberdeen, UK). In 2015 she defended her thesis entitled 'Investigating endogenous mesenchymal stem cells to understand their role in articular cartilage repair'. In 2014 her work on cartilage repair was recognized with the Robert Mathys Prize at the eCM XV Cartilage & Disc: Repair and Regeneration meeting. In 2015 Angela was awarded an OARSI collaborative fellowship to spend six months at the AO Research Institute Davos to investigate the role of transcription factors during osteochondral differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells. In 2016 she joined the Polymer Focus Area of the AO Research Institute Davos to gain experience in material sciences.
From 2017 Dr Armiento is as a post-doctoral researcher at AO Research Institute Davos within Prof Stoddart's group, working on mesenchymal stem cells and natural biomaterials for cartilage and bone tissue engineering. Her main research interest is cartilage/bone repair and regeneration, with a focus on ex vivo models, strategies to induce stable chondrogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells and the influence of immune cells on cartilage repair.
Dr Armiento is a member of the ORS International Committee and she represents AO Research Institute Davos in the Program Committee of the Graduate School Graubünden.