Argia Ucci

  • Masters’ degree Student, University of L’Aquila, Italyfoto-argia
  • WP2: Determine the role of ER stress, autophagy and abnormal vesicular trafficking in osteopetrosis
  • Secondment to MCRI, Summer 2017

Argia is a Masters’ degree student in Medical Biotechnology and a research technician in the Bone Biopathology Laboratory headed by Professor Anna Maria Teti at the University of L’Aquila, Italy. She has expertise on mouse and human osteoclast and osteoblast culture and their phenotyping. Her skills also cover molecular biology techniques, in vivo studies and the evaluation of mouse bone phenotype by µCT and histomorphometry.
She is currently involved in studies aimed at investigating new treatments for metabolic and genetic bone diseases by using extracellular vesicles.

Within the RUBICON exchange programme, she visited Prof. Shireen Lamande’s laboratory at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) in Melbourne, Australia, for 3 months. In this period, she learned how to investigate the mechanism underlying ER stress and autophagy, in order to better understand their roles in the pathogenesis of osteopetrosis.