DR Serena Duchi

DR Serena Duchi




  • Dr. Serena Duchi is a cellular biologist with special interest in osteochondral tissue engineering.
    Dr Duchi graduated in Biology in 2004 (University of Bologna, Italy) and subsequently obtained her qualification as a professional Biologist in 2005 (University of Bologna, Italy). She obtained a Master degree in Bioinformatics in 2005 with a thesis in comparative genomics, thorugh an internship program between University of Bologna-Italy and Centro de Investigación Príncipe Felipe (CIPF) Valencia – Spain. She then obtained her PhD in Cell, Molecular and Industrial Biology in 2009 through an international program between University of Bologna-Italy and Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Hollings Cancer Center, Charleston, SC-USA, with a thesis in tumor cell biology and endocytosis mechanisms in in vitro and in vivo models. She was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the IFOM-FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology, Milan-Italy in 2009, where she acquired a strong background in the regulation of tumor suppression and endocytosis aimed to design new molecular target chemotherapeutic drugs. She then specialized in the treatment of musculoskeletal tumors at the Rizzoli Orthopaedics Institute, Bologna-Italy, where she led as senior investigator different projects:
    • identification of the differentiation capabilities, onset of senescence and tumorigenicity signal transduction in mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSC) isolated and expanded from osteosarcoma affected patients and from healthy subjects;
    • use of MSC for the transport of chemotherapeutic drugs as innovative therapeutic approach for the treatment of osteosarcoma;
    • use of MSC in scaffold based regenerative medicine for osteo-chondral defect and diseases treatments.
    Dr. Duchi moved to Melbourne in April 2016 as an academic research fellow and she’s currently working at the St Vincent's Hospital, 3DBioFab facility @ ACMD. Dr Duchi is th   


Member of

  • ASBTE. Australasian Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, https://www.asbte.org/ 2017 -
  • ISOF-CNR. National Research Council, Institute of Organic Synthesis and Photoreactivity, Bologna-Italy 2017 -
  • ARC. Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, Innovation Campus, University of Wollongong 2016 -
  • IDBN. Italian Digital Biomanufacturing Network, http://idbn.org 2015 -
  • GISM. Italian Group Mesenchymal Stem Cells, http://www.gismonline.it/index.php 2013 -


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Bologna 2009
  • BIOLOGIST, University of Bologna 2005
  • MSc, University of Bologna 2005
  • BSc, University of Bologna 2004

Awards and honors

  • Minor Infrastructure Funding Scheme 2017 (Melbourne Medical School), 12k AUD, MIFS-Minor Infrastructure Funding Scheme 2017 (Melbourne Medical School), 2017
  • John Loewenthal Project Grant award, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), 2016
  • Research Endowment Fund, St.Vincent Hospital-Melbourne, 20k AUD, REF grant, 2016
  • My First AIRC Grant 2015, 176k €, AIRC Italian Association for Cancer Research (Italy),, MFAG16941, 2015
  • FIRB-MIUR research fellowship, Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (Italy), 2011
  • AIRC/FIRC fellowship, 60k €, AIRC Italian Association for Cancer Research (Italy), 2010