Joseph Italiano


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Joseph Italiano is the James and Thea Stoneman Associate Professor of Surgery who holds academic appointments at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is a member of the Vascular Biology Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.  He was awarded his Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Florida State University, under the supervision of Thomas Roberts. His thesis focused on how filament assembly and bundling contribute towards cell crawling in amoeboid sperm of Ascaris. Since then, Dr. Italiano transitioned into hematology-based research with John Hartwig at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he first began studying the cytoskeletal mechanisms of blood platelet formation, which remains a focus of his work as a Principal Investigator at the Boston Children’s Hospital. The Italiano Lab research uses cell and molecular biology methods to address problems in megakaryocyte and platelet biology. The lab’s research focuses primarily on how blood platelets, which function as the band-aids of the bloodstream, are produced from megakaryocyte precursor cells. Current focuses include understanding the molecular signals that trigger platelet production, using biologically inspired engineering to establish how the bone marrow microenvironment influences platelet production, and understanding how the cytoskeleton powers platelet production. The lab also has a major interest in understanding the non-hemostatic roles of platelets in health and disease. This includes establishing how platelets regulate new blood vessel growth, immunity, cancer, wound healing, and potentially aging.

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