Dr. Barbara Zavan

Department of Biomedical Sciences

University of Padova

Assistant Professor of Histology





Ph.D., Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, University of Padova, Italy

B.Sc., Biological Sciences, University of Padova, Italy


Selected Publications

  1. SIVOLELLA S, BRUNELLO G, FERRARESE N, DELLA PUPPA A, D'AVELLA D, BRESSAN E, ZAVAN B. Nanostructured guidance for peripheral nerve injuries: a review with a perspective in the oral and maxillofacial area. Int J Mol Sci. 2014 Feb 20; 15 (2): 3088-117.
  2. Rigo C, Ferroni L, Tocco I, Roman M, Munivrana I, Gardin C, Cairns WR, Vindigni V, Azzena B, Barbante C, Zavan B. Active silver nanoparticles for wound healing. Int J Mol Sci. 2013 Mar 1; 14 (3): 4817-40.
  3. Zavan B, Ferroni L, Giorgi C, Calò G, Brun P, Cortivo R, Abatangelo G and Pinton P, Hyaluronic acid induces activation of the κ-opioid receptor. PLoS One. 2013; 8 (1): e55510.
  4. Bressan E, Sbricoli L, Guazzo R, Tocco I, Roman m, Vindigni V, Stellini E, Gardin C, Ferroni L, Sivolella S and Zavan B Nanostructured Surfaces of Dental Implants. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14, 1918-1931.
  5. Bressan E, Ferroni L, Gardin C, Pinton P, Stellini E, Botticelli D, Sivolella S and Zavan B. Donor age-related biological properties of human dental pulp stem cells change in nanostructured scaffolds. PLoS One. 2012; 7(11): e49146.
  6. BRUN P, ZAVAN B, VINDIGNI V, SCHIAVINATO A, POZZUOLI A, IACOBELLIS C, ABATANGELO G In vitro response of osteoarthritic chondrocytes and fibroblast-like synoviocytes to a 500-730 kDa hyaluronan amide derivative. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A.
  7. Zulato E, Favaretto F, Veronese C, Campanaro S, Marshall JD, Romano S, Cabrelle A, Collin GB, Zavan B, Belloni AS, Rampazzo E, Naggert JK, Abatangelo G, Sicolo N, Maffei P, Milan G, Vettor R. ALMS1-Deficient Fibroblasts Over-Express Extra-Cellular Matrix Components, Display Cell Cycle Delay and Are Resistant to Apoptosis. PLoS One. 2011 Apr 26; 6 (4): e19081.
  8. Pinton P, Pavan C, Zavan B. PKC-β activation and pharmacologically induced weight gain during antipsychotic treatment. Pharmacogenomics. 2011 Apr; 12 (4): 453-5.
  9. Gardin C, Bressan E, Ferroni L, Nalesso E, Vindigni V, Stellni E, Pinton P, Sivolella S, Zavan B. In vitro concurrent endothelial and osteogenic commitment of adipose-derived stem cells and their genomical analyses through CGH array: novel strategies to increase the successful engraftment of a tissue engineered bone grafts. Stem Cells Dev. 2011 Apr 26.
  10. Leonardi A, Di Stefano A, Motterle L, Zavan B, Abatangelo G, Brun P. Transforming growth factor-β/Smad - signalling pathway and conjunctival remodelling in vernal keratoconjunctivitis. Clin Exp Allergy. 2011 Jan; 41 (1): 52-60.
  11. Secchiero P, Corallini F, Zavan B, Tripodo C, Vindigni V, Zauli G. Mesenchymal stem cells display hepato-protective activity in lymphoma bearing xenografts. Invest New Drugs. 2010 Sept. 9.
  12. Secchiero P, Zorzet S, Tripodo C, Corallini F, Melloni E, Caruso L, Bosco R, Ingrao S, Zavan B, Zauli G. Human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells display anti-cancer activity in SCID mice bearing disseminated non-Hodgkin's lymphoma xenografts. PLoS One. 2010 Jun 16; 5(6): e11140.
  13. Cortivo R, Vindigni V, Iacobellis L, Abatangelo G, Pinton P, Zavan B. Nanoscale particle therapies for wounds and ulcers. Nanomedicine (Lond). 2010 Jun; 5 (4): 641-56.
  14. Carraro A, Flaibani M, Cillo U, Michelotto L, Magrofuoco E, Buggio M, Abatangelo G, Cortivo R, Herrera MB, Tetta C, Elvassore N, Zavan B. A combining method to enhance the in vitro differentiation of hepatic precursor cells. Tissue Eng Part C Methods. 2010 Dec; 16 (6): 1543-51.
  15. Giorgi C, Agnoletto C, Baldini C, Bononi A, Bonora M, Marchi S, Missiroli S, Patergnani S, Poletti F, Rimessi A, Zavan B, Pinton P. Redox control of protein kinase C: cell- and disease-specific aspects. Antioxid Redox Signal. 2010 Oct 1; 13 (7): 1051-85.
  16. PAVAN C., VINDIGNI V., MICHELOTTO L., RIMESSI A.; ABATANGELO G.; CORTIVO R.; PINTON P.; ZAVAN B. Weight Gain Related To Treatment With Atypical Antipsychotics Is Due To Activation Of Pkcβ. Pharmacogenomics Journal. 2009 Dec 22
  17. BRUN P, DICKINSON S., ZAVAN B, CORTIVO R, HOLLANDER A AND ABATANGELO G Characteristics of repair tissue in 2nd and 3rd-look biopsies from patients treated with engineered cartilage: relationship to symptomatology and time after implantation. Arthritis Research & Therapy; 2008 Nov 11; 10 (6): R132.
  18. ZAVAN B, VINDIGNI V, LEPIDI S, IACOPETTI I, AVRUSCIO G, ABATANGELO G, CORTIVO R. Neoarteries grown in vivo using a tissue-engineered hyaluronan-based scaffold. FASEB J. 2008 Apr 2.
  19. AGUIARI P, LEO S, ZAVAN B, VINDIGNI V, RIMESSI A, BIANCHI K, FRANZIN C, CORTIVO R, ROSSATO M, VETTOR R, ABATANGELO G, POZZAN T, PINTON P, RIZZUTO R. High glucose induces adipogenic differentiation of muscle-derived stem cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Jan 29; 105 (4): 1226-31. Epub 2008 Jan 22.
  20. LEPIDI S, ABATANGELO G, VINDIGNI V, DERIU GP, ZAVAN B, TONELLO C, CORTIVO R. In vivo regeneration of small-diameter (2 mm) arteries using a polymer scaffold. FASEB J. 2006 Jan; 20 (1): 103-5. Epub 2005 Nov 15.
  21. ZAVAN B, BRUN P, VINDIGNI V, AMADORI A, HABELER W, PONTISSO P, MONTEMURRO D, ABATANGELO G, CORTIVO R. Extracellular matrix-enriched polymeric scaffolds as a substrate for hepatocyte cultures: in vitro and in vivo studies. Biomaterials. 2005 Dec; 26 (34): 7038-45.
  22. TONELLO C, VINDIGNI V, ZAVAN B, ABATANGELO S, ABATANGELO G, BRUN P, CORTIVO R., In vitro reconstruction of an endothelialized skin substitute provided with amicrocapillary network using biopolymer scaffolds. FASEB J. 2005 Sept.; 19 (11): 1546-8. Epub 2005 Jun 21.
  23. TONELLO C.; ZAVAN B.; CORTIVO C. E ABATANGELO G. In vitro reconstruction of a human capillary-like network in on Hyaluronan-based temporary scaffolds. Biomaterials, vol 24/7; pp 1205-1211 2003.

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