Francesca Ferraro, MD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr. Francesca Ferraro is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Ferraro’s main research interest lies in the studying of relationships between hematopoietic stem cells and their niche. The latter represents the microenvironment in which stem cells are located and where they receive signals able to condition their behavior. In particular, Dr. Ferraro is examining the relationship changes in specific malignant settings (leukemia). The use of laser scanning confocal microscopy allows her to identify long term stem cells, with the use of the multiple fluorescent labeling that allows for the accurate studying of their spatial relationship with the surrounding niche cells through the three-dimensional image reconstruction.
Dr. Ferraro received her Medical Degree in Medicine from the University of Parma, in 2004. After receipt of her degree, she took on an Internship within the Division of Bone Marrow Transplantation at the National Cancer Institute in Milan, Italy. Shortly after this internship, she became a specializing doctor in the Department of Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplant, University of Parma. In January of 2009, Dr. Ferraro joined the MGH Center for Regenerative Medicine as a postdoctoral fellow, in the laboratory of Dr. David Scadden.