Arti Ahluwalia was born in Kenya and educated in the UK. She has a B.Sc. Physics from Univerisity of Bath, and a M.Sc. in Instrumentation and Analytical Science from UMIST, UK. She received a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy. She is currently an associate professor of bioengineering at the University of Pisa, Italy. Her research interests are in in-vitro models of integrative pathophysiology and associated innovative materials and advanced cell culture systems.
Associate Professor of Bioengineering at the Department of Information Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Pisa, and affiliated with the Research Center "E. Piaggio", where she heads the Multi-Dimensional In-Vitro Models Group. Also an associate of the National Council of Research Institute of Clinical Physiology (CNR-IFC), heading the NanoBioscopy Lab. Although highly multidisciplinary in nature, her research has centered on the interaction between biological systems and man-made devices or structures focused on the creation of organ and system models in-vitro using soft and smart materials, cells and tissue derivatives and intelligent multicompartment bioreactor design as a way towards understanding tissue cross talk and how this cross talk is used to orchestrate systemic physiology. The applications of this type of study, nominated Organomics, span from disease models to in-vitro alternatives to animal testing. In this context, her research experience encompasses cellular biotechnology, biomolecular films, surface engineering, and biosensing to microfabrication and biomaterials for tissue engineering. In particular, the work on organ models, sensors, biosensors and tissue engineering is undertaken within the CNR-IFC, taking full advantage of the presence of the skillful medical staff and ample cell culture facilities. Author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications and of several patents on microfabrication and on microfabricated multicompartment bioreactors, now commercial products of a company (Kirkstall Ltd) she co-founded. Current projects are on tissue regeneration (ReLiver), biosensing, robots for autism, bioreactors, in-vitro models of metabolic disease and ageing (MIND) and nanotoxicology (InLiveTox).
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