Giovanna Desando, MSc

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Giovanna Desando, MSc
Biologist RAMSES Laboratory

Personal information - Education and work experience


Contract biologist

2005: Degree in Biological Sciences, University of Bologna, final mark: 110/110 cum laude.

2012: Post-graduation specialization in Clinical Pathology, University of Bologna, final mark: 70/70 cum laude.

2005: Certificate of competency as biologist, University of Bologna.

  • 2015: ICRS Traveling Scientific Fellowship in  the US. The fellowship was aimed to visit the leading laboratories in the field of cartilage tissue engineering in  New York (Columbia University, Department of Biomechanics and Hospital Surgery, Center for Craniofacial for Regeneration, Orthopaedic Research Laboratory at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research; Cornell University); Missouri (University of Missouri Health care); Chicago (Rush University Medical Center).
  • From 2014: research activity as contract collaborator in the technological Platform: Life science- Department “Rizzoli RIT- Research Innovation & Technology”, SSD Laboratory RAMSES.
  • 2013-2014: Research activity as contract collaborator the complex structure of the Laboratory of Immunorheumatology and Tissue Regeneration.
  • 2011: Training at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands. The set-up of the surgical Dissection of the Medial Meniscus (DMM) in the murine model and processing of bioptic samples from mouse for histological evaluation.
  • 2010: Training at UMR CNRS, IFR31, Métabolisme, Plasticité et Mitochondrie Université de Toulouse III Paul Sabatier. Isolation of Adipose Stem Cells (ASC) and their culture.
  • 2008-2012: Post-graduate student with temporary contract in the complex structure of the Laboratory of Immunorheumatology and Tissue Regeneration.
  • 2007: Training Course in the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS), Cardiff, UK. ICRS Basic Laboratory Skills Training Course.
  • 2006-2007: Research activity as contract collaborator in the Laboratory of Immunology and Genetics.
  • 2005: Post-degree training in the Laboratory of Immunology and Genetics focused on the cellular and biomolecular techniques in the field of the musculoskeletal system.
  • 2004: Training in the Laboratory of Clinical Pathology, University of Bologna, for the evaluation of the role of protein SOCS-2 in a human breast cancer cell line.

English: fluent, writing and speaking.
French: fluent, writing and speaking.
German: basic, writing and speaking.

Good knowledge of Microsoft Office, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop CS5, NIS-Elements image analysis software, Graph Pad, Search online bibliographic databases and Internet.

Contributor to a training course on histological aspects of rabbit articular cartilage in osteoarthritis, held in NUI Galway, Ireland during the European Workshop in Imaging of Cartilage and Bone.

Participations in research projects:

  • 2014-2016: Project: “POR FESR 2007-2013", Axis 1, Activity 1.1, “Creazione di Tecnopoli per la Ricerca Industriale” (Creation of Technopoles for Industrial Research). Preclinical studies for the regenerative medicine of the musculo-skeletal system.
  • 2014-2015: Project funded by the Italian Minister of Health: Adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells as new minimally invasive regenerative treatment to target early osteoarthritis: from pre-clinical procedure selection to clinical application in a randomized double-blinded controlled trial.
  • 2010-2014: FP7 European Project: “Adipose derived stromal cells for osteoarthritis treatment” (ADIPOA).
  • 2008-2010: Region-University Project: “Regenerative Medicine in Osteo-articular diseases”.
  • 2008: Research Project ABOVE: “Evaluation of biological tissues treated with laser irradiation”.
  • 2006-2008: Research Project (MIUR): “Prevention of obesity complications: study of the lipidic metabolism and osteo-articular pathology”.


  • Certificate of merit to the authors of the electronic poster in the 7th World Congress of the ICRS”; September 29th - October 2nd, 2007 Warsaw, Poland.
  • Certificate of merit to the authors of the poster published in the National Meeting AICC; November 26th-28th, 2008; Bologna, Italy.
  • Travel bursary for the participation at the "3rd International Conference Strategies in Tissue Engineering”; May 23rd-25th, 2012; Wurzburg, Germany.
  • Third Prize for the best oral presentation at the 1st Materials and Medicine International Conference; October 08th-11th, 2013; Faenza, Italy.
  • Selected for the ICRS 2015 Travelling Scientist Fellowship in the US (New York, Missouri, Chicago). April 29th to May 11th, 2015.
  • Selection at oral presentations in national and international conference.

Scientific production:

  • Co-author of 17 publications on scientific journal with IF.
  • Co-author of 3 book chapter.

Other activities:

  • Reviewer for Tissue Engineering; Biomaterials; Experimental Biology and Medicine; Biomed Research International; Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology, Sci Technol and Knee Surgery Sports, Traumatology, Arthroscopy.
  • ICRS, OARSI, TERMIS and SCR Member.

Cartilage biology: basic and clinic researches. Regenerative Medicine of musculoskeletal system. Osteoarthritis and osteo-chondral pathologies.

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