Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Institute for Academic Medicine
Assistant Member, Research Institute
Dr. Taraballi earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences and her M.S. in Biochemistry at University of Milan - Bicocca, Italy and a Ph.D. in Nanostructures and Nanotechnologies from a joint program of the Materials Science Department of University of Milan - Bicocca with the Lawrence National Berkeley Laboratory (LBNL) in 2009. Her research focused on tissue engineering for different applications (spinal cord injury, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal). In January 2013, she joined the Houston Methodist Research Institute as Research Associate in the Center for Biomimetic Medicine.
Dr. Taraballi's research is focused on
• materials' functionalization to promote cells' survival and differentiation in cartilage repair
• development of smart biomaterials to tune the immunesystems
• synthesis and functionalization of micro and nanoparticles for immunemodulation
• synthesis and functionalization of nanoparticles for targeted cancer drug delivery