- PhD student, University of L’Aquila, Italy
- WP3: The role of Lipocalin 2 in bone and tendon biology and biomechanics
- Secondment to UCT, June-November 2017
Riccardo is a PhD student in the laboratories headed by Professor Nadia Rucci and Professor Anna Teti at the University of L’Aquila, Italy. He works in bone biology and has expertise in bone histology and histomorphometric analysis. He performs in vivo experiments and also has expertise in generation of conditional animal models. During his studentship he has studied processes linking energy metabolism and bone biology, at Columbia University, New York (Professor Gerard Karsenty’s lab) and the role of microvesicles in cell-cell communication, at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, BOKU – Vienna (Professor Johannes Grillari’s lab). He is currently involved in a project studying extracellular vesicles as new therapeutic approach to treat bone diseases.
In RUBICON Riccardo visited the laboratory headed by Professor Malcolm Collins at the University of Cape Town (UTC), South Africa, to study the role of Lcn2 in bone and tendon biology in response to mechanical unloading.