I moved from Italy to The Netherlands to do my PhD at Leiden University Medical Center, in the Human Genetic Department. During my PhD, I worked on a genetic disease of the kidney (Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease – ADPKD). In particular, I focused on the role of renal injury-repair mechanisms in the development of ADPKD. I started at the MERLN in November as a Postdoc. My project aims to use stem cell technology combined with bioprinting to develop functional kidney units that can be used as disease models, drug testing in vitro, but also as a promising regenerative medicine therapy for chronic kidney diseases.
Professional career history
Chiara Formica studied at the University of Milan, Italy. She obtained her Bechelor degree in “Medical Biotechnology” in 2009. Afterwards, she enrolled in the Master program “Medical Biotechnology and Molecular Medicine – Curriculum: Transplantology, Medical Immunobiotechnologies and Tissue Engineering” at the University of Milan and graduated cum laude in 2011. As part of her Master thesis, she did a 12-months internship characterizing the immunophenotype and the functions of adipose-derived stromal cells, with a focus on possible applications in regenerative medicine, at Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan. Chiara was awarded a 1-year fellowship to work as a research assistant at the Department of Hematology, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan. In 2013 she started her PhD training in the laboratory of Prof. dr. Dorien J.M. Peters at the Department of Human Genetics, Leiden University Medical Center, to study the effect of renal injury on different pathways and the implications in ADPKD progression. Chiara successfully defended her PhD on the 10th of September, 2020.
Since November, Chiara is a post-doctoral researcher at the MERLN institute.