Physiology of Reproduction

Our research activity is focused on placental development and maternal-fetal interactions during pregnancy. Within this context  we aim to explore:

• Human trophoblast differentiation and function.

• Effects of hormones-like environmental chemicals on human placenta functions.

• Effects of infections on human placenta functions.

• Cardiovascular development.

• Molecules involved in placentation of mammals and viviparous vertebrates.

Researchers involved in the activities:

LUANA RICCI PAULESU (FULL PROFESSOR)

FRANCESCA IETTA (ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR)

ANNAMARIA AVANZATI (RESEARCHER)

LINDA BENINCASA (PhD) https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Linda_Benincasa

PAVONE VALENTINA  (PhD) https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Valentina_Pavone

ROMAGNOLI ROBERTA (TECHNICIAN)

National projects:

“From mother to child flow: the impact of the endocrine disruptor chemical Bisphenol A (BPA)”; PRIN 2016; Department of Life Sciences, University of Siena: Coordinator  LUANA RICCI PAULESU, EMANUELA MAIOLI; Department of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Milano; Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences (DeFENS), University of Milano;  Department of Science, Biomedical and Biotechnology Section, University of Roma Tre, Roma; Department of Biology, Ecology and Earth Sciences, University of Calabria; Materno-Foetal Obstetrics Unit, Department of Surgery, University of Torino.

International projects:

“ Multi-dimensional analysis of key molecules for embryo implantation in human and domestic animals: potential deleterious effects of environmental factors “; ITALY – POLAND, JOINT PROJECT in SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COOPERATION: Department of Life Sciences, University of Siena: LUANA RICCI PAULESU, FRANCESCA IETTA, LINDA BENINCASA, PAVONE VALENTINA; Institute of Animal Sciences and Food Research of PAS Olsztyn, Poland.