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Dr. Valentina Magno

Institute of Biofunctional Polymer Materials
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2017 - Present:         Post-doctoral studies, Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research, Max Bergmann Center of Biomaterials, group of Prof. Dr. Carsten Werner.

2012 - 2017:             PhD in Chemistry, School of Science, Technische Universität Dresden, group of Prof. Dr. Carsten Werner.

                                 Research topic: "Macromolecular crowding for tailoring cell- and tissue-derived extracellular matrices for kidney tissue engineering."

2009 - 2012:             Master's degree in Medical Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine, Universitá degli Studi di Bari, Italy

2011 - 2012:             Research Internship at the National Nanotechnology Laboratory (CNR NANO), Lecce, Italy

2006 - 2009:             Bachelor's in Biotechnology of Health and Pharmaceutics, Universitá degli Studi di Bari, Italy

Fields of work

- Application of GAG-based hydrogel networks for iPSC-derived kidney organoid culture.

- Development of 2D and 3D bone marrow-mimetic niches for HSC culture.

- Cell- and tissue-derived decellularized matrices.

- Application of macromolecular crowding in tissue engineering.


Magno V, Friedrichs J, Weber HM, Prewitz MC, Tsurkan M, Werner C, Macromolecular crowding for tailoring tissue-derived fibrillated matrices, Acta Biomater 2017;55:109-119.  doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2017.04.018.

Weber HM, Tsurkan M, Magno V, Freundenberg U, Werner C, Heparin-based hydrogels induce human renal tubulogenesis in vitro, Acta Biomater 2017;57:59-69. doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2017.05.035.