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Narcisi Roberto

Narcisi Roberto

Narcisi Roberto

Erasmus MC
Orthopaedics
Rotterdam, Netherlands


After my italian PhD in Biotechnology (January 2008- March 2011) I was asked to join as postdoc the group of Prof. Gerjo van Osch (Erasmus MC, Rotterdam) to conduct research on the regulation of chondrogenesis in mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs)and chondrocytes. Since 2013 my main focus is posed on the use of growth factor-free systems to induce chondrogenic differentiation and towards the modulation of the WNT anf TGFbeta signalling to generate stable cartilage in vivo. Thanks to 4 personal grants as PI received in the last 5 years, my research view is bringing me to explore, with the use of innovative technologies, the effect of a specific WNT target gene (TWIST1) and its role in regulating chondrogenesis and undesired hypertrophy both in vitro and in vivo.