Enrica De Rosa, PhD – Research Program Director @enricadr
Enrica De Rosa is the Research Program Director of the Orthopedics Department and the Director of the Intravital Microscopy Core, at the Houston Methodist Research Institute. She earned her BS and MS in Chemical Engineering, and her PhD in Chemical, Material and Production Engineering, specializing in Biomaterial and Transport Phenomena at the Universita’ degli Studi di Napoli Federico II. During her awarded PhD scholarship she set up and validated an advanced microscopy technique (FRAP-Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching) to locally measure molecular diffusion for drug delivery and tissue engineering application. In 2007 she moved to Houston as senior postdoc in the Nanomedicine department of University of Texas, where she pioneered the development of an implantable subcutaneous nanodevice for long term constant drug delivery and of a weight bearing bio-nano-material able to regenerate the bone tissue in a critical size bone fracture. Her research leaded to the publication of many paper on well-known peer-reviewed journals. In April 2009 she was awarded the Heinlein Trust Microgravity Award to reward innovation in the use of microgravity to advance biotech, nanotech, combustion, metallurgy, and other fields. From 2011 to 2019 she has supported the Nanomedicine department research as Laboratory Manager at the Houston Methodist Research Institute.
Since 2013 she manages the Nanomedicine Intravital Microscopy Core: imaging and quantifying drug delivery, targeting accumulation and vessel formation, in several organ and tissues, such as skin, liver, pancreas, brain, muscle, ear, lung, intestine, lymph nodes. Under her leadership since 2016 it became an institutional core of the Houston Methodist Research Institute and offers exceptional IVM services, with cutting edge technology and image analysis tools at competitive prices to the Houston Medical Center.
In 2019 she joined the Orthopedics Department to manage research and oversee grants progress by assuring meeting milestones and deadlines, prioritizing and setting goals according to the strategic objectives of the department and organization.