Our Mission

Develop smart biomaterials, both injectable and implantable, to target the immune system toward tissue restoration. Develop new therapies and devices for articular cartilage repair.

Welcome to the Taraballi Lab

The Center for Musculoskeletal Regeneration is a multidisciplinary translational research laboratory that recognizes that the body has incredible healing capabilities and works to harness these to their fullest potential for drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. Our researchers under the leadership of Francesca Taraballi, PhD, utilize their expertise in many different, synergistic backgrounds including nanomedicine, engineering, chemistry, biology, and materials science to perform cutting edge research designed to facilitate technology translation to the clinic.

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Francesca Taraballi, PhD

Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Academic Institute
Assistant Member, Research Institute
Director, Center for Musculoskeletal Regeneration
Houston Methodist

Dr. Taraballi earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences and her M.S. in Biochemistry at University of Milan – Bicocca, Italy. After another M.S. in Structural Biochemistry, she earned her Ph.D. in Nanostructures and Nanotechnologies from a joint program of the Materials Science Department of University of Milan – Bicocca with the Lawrence National Berkeley Laboratory (LBNL) in 2009.

Dr. Taraballi is currently an Assistant Professor at the Center for Musculoskeletal Regeneration at Houston Methodist Research Institute affiliated to the Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine at Houston Methodist Hospital. Dr. Taraballi’s research is focused on the development of smart biomaterials, both injectable and implantable, to target the immune system toward tissue restoration. Her main research area of interest is to develop new therapies and devices for articular cartilage repair.

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