- United Kingdom
Ilaria is Professor of Musculoskeletal ageing at the University of Sheffield and Director of training for the MRC-AR UK Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA). She has a MD degree from University of Pavia, Italy, and a PhD from the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research, at the University of Manchester on the role of gene therapy in hematopoietic stem cells.
The focus of her research is in understanding how bone marrow stem cells changes with age; whether those changes are responsible for the development of diseases of older people such as myelodisplastic syndromes and osteoporosis and; (c) what is the role of pharmacological intervention, which delays stem cell ageing, in age-related diseases.
She heads the Mellanby Centre Bone Analysis Laboratory, which in provides access and expertise to contemporary technologies for the analysis of bone to investigators, internally and externally. She also leads ShARM (Shared Ageing Research Models), a facility funded by Wellcome Trust, which provides immediate and cost effective access to aged murine models and their tissue. She is the Chair of the COST Action MouseAge.