Francesco Travascio

Dr. Francesco Travascio received a doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Miami. He is currently Assistant Professor at the College of Engineering of the University of Miami, where he conducts research in the field of orthopedics at the Biomechanics Research Laboratory. In particular, Dr. Travascio investigates the mechanisms regulating the homeostasis of the extracellular matrix of cartilaginous tissues and the etiology of its degeneration with the ultimate goal of developing therapeutic approaches for tissue regeneration.

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The extracellular matrix (ECM) is an ensemble of non-cellular components present within all tissues and organs of the human body. The ECM provides structural support for scaffolding cellular constituents and biochemical and biomechanical support for those events leading to tissue morphogenesis, differentiation and homeostasis. Essential components of all ECMs are water, proteins and polysaccharides. However, their composition, architecture and bioactivity greatly vary from tissue to tissue in relation to the specific role the ECM is required to assume. This book overviews the role of the ECM in different tissues and organs of the human body.

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