A/Prof Claudia Di Bella is an academic orthopaedic surgeon with special interest in musculoskeletal oncology and tissue engineering. A/Prof Di Bella graduated in medicine and surgery in 2002 (Bologna University, Italy) and subsequently obtained her specialist recognition as orthopaedic surgeon in 2007 (Bologna University, Ita).
She then obtained her PhD in Oncology and Experimental pathology in 2012 (Bologna University). A/Prof Di Bella moved to Australia in December 2009, and in 2014 obtained the Fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. A/Prof Di Bella is an orthopaedic surgeon specialist in the treatment of osteoarthritis and bone and soft tissue tumors. Her research is focused on the biological treatment for bone and cartilage using innovative tissue engineering and bioprinting techniques. A/Prof Di Bella is the team leader of the Cartilage Regeneration Program of Research at the Department of Surgery - Melbourne University. This program of research is centred on the use of advanced 3D printing and biofabrication technologies for the regeneration of healthy articular cartilage both in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo. A/Prof Di Bella's research group includes scientists from a number of disciplines with extensive expertise in biomedical engineering, surgical 3D printing, stem cells biology, nanotechnology and mechanical engineering. Leveraging on national and international collaborations, A/Prof Di Bella's group is now recognised as one of the international leaders in the field of cartilage regeneration.A/Prof Di Bella has been awarded an NHMRC-MRFF EL1 investigator grant for his cartilage regeneration program of research (2020-2025)
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Putting 3d Printing Into The Reality Of Surgery: An Approach For Regenerating Joint Cartil..
Biofabrication of human articular cartilage: a path towards the development of a clinical ..
Displaying the 5 most recent projects by Claudia Di Bella.
Displaying the 56 most recent scholarly works by Claudia Di Bella.
Free-form co-axial bioprinting of a gelatin methacryloyl bio-ink by direct in situ photo-crosslinking during extrusion
Cathal D O'Connell, Salamata Konate, Carmine Onofrillo, Robert Kapsa, Chris Baker, Serena Duchi, Timon Eekel, Zhilian Yue, Stephen Beirne, Grant Barnsley, Claudia Di Bella, Peter F Choong, Gordon G Wallace
Journal article | 2020 | Bioprinting
The role of Thallium-201 scintigraphy and Tc-99m pentavalent dimercaptosuccinic acid in diagnosis and grading of chondrosarcoma
Olivia Jo, Stephen Schlicht, John Slavin, Claudia Di Bella, Grant Pang, Gerard Powell, Tim Spelman, Peter FM Choong
Journal article | 2020 | European Journal of Radiology
PURPOSE: Distinguishing between enchondromas and low-grade (grade 1) chondrosarcomas can be challenging. The aim of this study was..
Bioprinting Stem Cells in Hydrogel for In Situ Surgical Application: A Case for Articular Cartilage.
Serena Duchi, Carmine Onofrillo, Cathal O'Connell, Gordon G Wallace, Peter Choong, Claudia Di Bella
Journal article | 2020 | Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)
Three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting is driving major innovations in the area of cartilage tissue engineering. As an alternative to ..
Concise review: Human articular cartilage repair: Sources and detection of cytotoxicity and genotoxicity in photo-crosslinkable hydrogel bioscaffolds
Cheryl Lee, Cathal D O'Connell, Carmine Onofrillo, Peter FM Choong, Claudia Di Bella, Serena Duchi
Journal article | 2019 | STEM CELLS Translational Medicine
Three-dimensional biofabrication using photo-crosslinkable hydrogel bioscaffolds has the potential to revolutionize the need for t..
Evaluation of sterilisation methods for bio-ink components: gelatin, gelatin methacryloyl, hyaluronic acid and hyaluronic acid methacryloyl
Cathal D O'Connell, Carmine Onofrillo, Serena Duchi, Xin Li, Yifan Zhang, Peilin Tian, Lanyita Lu, Anna Trengove, Anita Quigley, Sanjeev Gambhir, Afsaneh Khansari, Tajanka Mladenovska, Andrea O'Connor, Claudia Di Bella, Peter F Choong, Gordon G Wallace
Journal article | 2019 | Biofabrication
Reliable and scalable sterilisation of hydrogels is critical to the clinical translation of many biofabrication approaches, such a..
Tailoring the mechanical properties of gelatin methacryloyl hydrogels through manipulation of the photocrosslinking conditions
Cathal D O'Connell, Binbin Zhang, Carmine Onofrillo, Serena Duchi, Romane Blanchard, Anita Quigley, Justin Bourke, Sanjeev Gambhir, Robert Kapsa, Claudia Di Bella, Peter Choong, Gordon G Wallace
Journal article | 2018 | Soft Matter
In situ handheld three-dimensional bioprinting for cartilage regeneration
Claudia Di Bella, Serena Duchi, Cathal D O'Connell, Romane Blanchard, Cheryl Augustine, Zhilian Yue, Fletcher Thompson, Christopher Richards, Stephen Beirne, Carmine Onofrillo, Sebastien H Bauquier, Stewart D Ryan, Peter Pivonka, Gordon G Wallace, Peter F Choong
Journal article | 2018 | Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
In vivo biocompatibility of porous and non-porous polypyrrole based trilayered actuators
Bill GX Zhang, Geoffrey M Spinks, Robert Gorkin, Danial Sangian, Claudia Di Bella, Anita F Quigley, Robert MI Kapsa, Gordon G Wallace, Peter FM Choong
Journal article | 2017 | Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine
Handheld Co-Axial Bioprinting: Application to in situ surgical cartilage repair
Serena Duchi, Carmine Onofrillo, Cathal D O'Connell, Romane Blanchard, Cheryl Augustine, Anita F Quigley, Robert MI Kapsa, Peter Pivonka, Gordon Wallace, Claudia Di Bella, Peter FM Choong
Journal article | 2017 | Scientific Reports
Development of the Biopen: a handheld device for surgical printing of adipose stem cells at a chondral wound site
Cathal D O'Connell, Claudia Di Bella, Fletcher Thompson, Cheryl Augustine, Stephen Beirne, Rhys Cornock, Christopher J Richards, Johnson Chung, Sanjeev Gambhir, Zhilian Yue, Justin Bourke, Binbin Zhang, Adam Taylor, Anita Quigley, Robert Kapsa, Peter Choong, Gordon G Wallace
Journal article | 2016 | Biofabrication
Differentiation of Stem Cells from Human Infrapatellar Fat Pad: Characterization of Cells Undergoing Chondrogenesis
Raed Felimban, Ken Ye, Kathy Traianedes, Claudia Di Bella, Jeremy Crook, Gordon G Wallace, Anita Quigley, Peter FM Choong, Damian E Myers
Journal article | 2014 | Tissue Engineering Part A
A rapid method for obtaining mesenchymal stem cells and platelets from bone marrow aspirate
Barbara Dozza, Giuliana Gobbi, Enrico Lucarelli, Michela Pierini, Claudia Di Bella, Tommaso Frisoni, Pier Luigi Tazzari, Francesca Ricci, Prisco Mirandola, Cecilia Carubbi, Sandro Giannini, Davide Donati, Marco Vitale
Journal article | 2014 | Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
The Posterior Iliac Crest Outperforms the Anterior Iliac Crest When Obtaining Mesenchymal Stem Cells from Bone Marrow
Michela Pierini, Claudia Di Bella, Barbata Dozza, Tommaso Frisoni, Elisa Martella, Chiara Bellotti, Daniel Remondini, Enrico Lucarelli, Sandro Giannini, Davide Donati
Journal article | 2013 | The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery-American Volume
Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Platelet Lysate in Fibrin or Collagen Scaffold Promote Non-Cemented Hip Prosthesis Integration
Barbara Dozza, Claudia Di Bella, Enrico Lucarelli, Gianluca Giavaresi, Milena Fini, Pier Luigi Tazzari, Sandro Giannini, Davide Donati
Journal article | 2011 | Journal of Orthopaedic Research
The use of fluoride cement: preliminary experimental study and clinical application.
Claudia Di Bella, Enrico Lucarelli, Milena Fini, Roberto Giardino, Mario Mercuri, Davide Donati
Journal article | 2008 | La Chirurgia degli Organi di Movimento
One of the most common complications of cemented prostheses is aseptic loosening of the implant, which is often due to mechanical ..
Stromal stem cells and platelet-rich plasma improve bone allograft integration
E Lucarelli, M Fini, A Beccheroni, G Giavaresi, C Di Bella, AN Aldini, G Guzzardella, L Martini, A Cenacchi, N Di Maggio, L Sangiorgi, PM Fornasari, M Mercuri, R Giardino, D Donati
Journal article | 2005 | Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
In vivo study on critical defects using the sheep model.
D Donati, C Di Bella, E Gozzi, E Lucarelli, A Beccheroni, N Di Maggio, M Fini, G Giavaresi, L Martini, N Nicoli Aldini, M Mercuri, R Giardino
Journal article | 2005 | La Chirurgia degli organi di movimento
Bone grafting procedures are widely used to repair large defects successfully in humans, but new surgical therapies can be designe..
The results of the surgical treatment of bone tumors using massive homoplastic grafts.
D Donati, S Giacomini, E Gozzi, C Di Bella, M Mercuri
Journal article | 2003 | La Chirurgia degli organi di movimento
We reviewed our experience as concerns 588 patients treated by resection for bone tumor and reconstructed by massive bank bone imp..
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Foundation for Surgery Younger Fellows Travelling Fellowship Grant, 2019
Team Biopen representing SVHM and BioFab 3D
Award for the most innovative work in regenerative orthopaedics - International Cartilage Regeneration Society World Meeting 2018
Senior Lecturer Fellowship
Early career Research Award
Best Moderated Oral Presentation of the day
Research Endowment Award
Senior Lecturer Fellowship - Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
FAOA - Fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association
FRACS - Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
Surgery - St Vincent'S Hospital
Australia and New Zealand Sarcoma Association (ANZSA)
International Society of Limb Sparing Surgery (ISOLS)
Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Society (TERMIS)
Australia and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society (ANZORS)
Musculo Skeletal Tumor Society
Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS)
International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS)
Fellow And Ordinary Member
Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
University of Bologna
Doctor in Medicine
University of Bologna