Assistant Professor, Pediatrics; Assistant Professor, Bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Riccardo Gottardi is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and of Bioengineering at University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gottardi leads the Bioengineering and Biomaterials Laboratory at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, working closely with clinicians to develop engineering solutions for pediatric airway disorders focusing on translational tissue engineering and on novel preventative drug delivery approaches with accelerated pathway to the clinic. His lab investigates the basic cellular, molecular, and microbiological mechanisms as well as the genetic aspects of ear, nose, and throat damage and healing, and combines the development of organ-on-chip and animal models of cartilage, vocal folds, and craniofacial tissues to study growth, disease, and repair.

Dr. Gottardi received a BSc in General Physics and a MSc in Applied Physics (Medical Physics) from University of Pisa, Italy, and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Genova, Genoa, Italy. During his PhD, he was also a visiting student at the University of Basel, M.E. Müller Institute for Structural Biology, Biozentrum, Basel, Switzerland.

While at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Gottardi worked with Rocky Tuan, PhD, and Steven Little, PhD, as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Assistant Professor.

Dr. Gottardi’s research interests include:  Modelling osteoarthritis and osteochondral crosstalk via organ-on-chip culture for the development of new drugs; tissue engineering repair of the musculoskeletal system; regenerative rehabilitation for cartilage regeneration; decellularized matrix approaches to tissue repair; airway engineering; and, studying the effects of the microbiome on airway disorders and repair.