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VIIBRE - Virginia Pensabene
In 2005 Virginia Pensabene received her Laurea degree (equivalent to B.S. + M.S.) in Biomedical Electronic Engineering from the Università di Pisa (Italy) and then went on to finish her Ph.D. in Humanoid Technologies from the Università di Genova (Italy) in 2009.
After graduation, she worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for MicroBiorobotics of the Italian Institute of Technology from 2009 to 2011. There, she studied artificial vectors for gene therapy and developed flexible thin films for in vitro tissue engineering of neuronal, cardiac and mesenchymal stem cell growth. In August 2011, she came to Vanderbilt.
Her research interests now cover ultrathin films, bioadhesive membranes for localized therapy, and fetal repair of neuronal defects, as well as microfluidic devices for organ chip development.