Dr. Antonio D’Amore is a Research Assistant Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. D’Amore received his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Palermo, Italy, in 2004. He continued his studies at the Imperial College of London, United Kingdom, obtaining in 2007 an MS in Biomedical Engineering. In 2011, Dr. D’Amore earned his PhD in Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh/University of Palermo. D'Amore also serves as Principal Investigator of the Fondazione RiMED. RiMED is an international partnership between the Italian Government, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) aiming to establish a world class biomedical research and biotechnology center in Europe. His middle term mission as a RiMED investigator is to establish a successful cardiovascular tissue engineering and biomedical devices program in Italy at the Biomedical Research and Biotechnology Center .
Since 2011, Dr. D’Amore has been with the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, serving as a post-doc in tissue engineering and biomechanics in the laboratory of McGowan Institute Director William Wagner, PhD. He continued on from 2013-2016 as a Research Associate, and in early 2017 moving into his current position of Research Assistant Professor. Since 2008, Dr. D’Amore has been a biotechnology and bioengineering industry consultant in both the U.S. and Italy. He is author of more than 110 publications including peer reviewed journal articles (>30), book chapters (2), international conference proceedings (>71), biomedical devices patents applications (7), and software to model biological systems. From 2007, he has been the recipient of 2 pre-doctoral, 2 post-doctoral, and a number of other research awards, he obtained as PI or Co-I, which cumulatively secured funding for more than $1.3 M.
Dr. D’Amore’s research seeks to couple a mechanistic understanding of the relationship between scaffolds micro-structure, mechanics, and endogenous tissue growth with the development of novel biomaterials for tissue engineering strategies. The focus of his research is upon unmet clinical needs in cardiovascular diseases. Recent areas of interest include: quantitative histology and biomaterials micro-structure image based analysis, structural modeling strategies to guide tissue engineering scaffold fabrication, development of cardiac restrain devices and engineered heart valves. Dr. D’Amore’s current project funding comes from the National Institutes of Health, RiMED Foundation, The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, and the University of Pittsburgh.
View a list of Dr. D’Amore’s publications here.