Cristina Iftode

Former affiliation
  • 536 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
19972016

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Research interests

Research Expertise: 
Stem cell differentiation | Replication and transcription of DNA viruses

My research interests are: 1) human stem cells and biomaterials in regenerative medicine, and 2) isolation and characterization of secondary plant metabolites.

1) I study the application of the adipose derived-mesenchymal stem cell (AD-MSC) differentiation to the regeneration of the intervertebral disc tissue. In collaboration with the Departments of Chemical and Mechanical Engineering, my group is using a tissue engineering approach where cell-seeded injectable scaffolds and inducers of differentiation are delivered to the injury site. Characterization of differentiation toward the desired phenotype is assessed by the presence of tissue specific markers. 

In collaboration with the Department of Physics & Astronomy, I examine the medical applicability of protein-based biomaterials in combination with AD-MSCs.

2) I also am interested in culturing methods from meristematic plant cells for the production of secondary plant metabolites (SPMs). Together with a colleague from my department, we are expanding the application of this technique to extracting SPMs from plant species with uses in medicine and cosmetology.

Honors and Awards: 
Rowan University’s Collaborative Innovation in Tissue Engineering Award, 2016

Member of: 
American Society for Cell Biology Chemical Society (www.ascb.org)
American Society for Microbiology (www.asm.org)
American Society for Virology (www.asv.org)

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor

Master of Science, Master

Doctor of Philosophy, doctorate

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Research Output

  • 536 Citations
  • 7 h-Index
  • 8 Article
  • 3 Conference contribution
  • 1 Review article

Synthesis of thermogelling poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-graft-chondroitin sulfate composites with alginate microparticles for tissue engineering

Christiani, T. R., Toomer, K., Sheehan, J., Nitzl, A., Branda, A., England, E., Graney, P., Iftode, C. & Vernengo, A. J., Oct 26 2016, In : Journal of Visualized Experiments. 2016, 116, e53704.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Scopus citations

    Thermogelling bioadhesive scaffolds for intervertebral disk tissue engineering: Preliminary in vitro comparison of aldehyde-based versus alginate microparticle-mediated adhesion

    Wiltsey, C., Christiani, T., Williams, J., Scaramazza, J., Van Sciver, C. V., Toomer, K., Sheehan, J., Branda, A., Nitzl, A., England, E., Kadlowec, J., Iftode, C. & Vernengo, J., 2015, In : Acta Biomaterialia. 16, 1, p. 71-80 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 17 Scopus citations

    Characterization of injectable hydrogels based on poly(N- isopropylacrylamide)-g-chondroitin sulfate with adhesive properties for nucleus pulposus tissue engineering

    Wiltsey, C., Kubinski, P., Christiani, T., Toomer, K., Sheehan, J., Branda, A., Kadlowec, J., Iftode, C. & Vernengo, A., Apr 1 2013, In : Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine. 24, 4, p. 837-847 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 32 Scopus citations

    Biomimetic hydrogels for tissue engineering of the intervertebral disc

    Wiltsey, C. T., Christiani, T. R., Williams, J., Coulter, J. L., Demiduke, D. N., Toomer, K. A., English, S. M., Hess, B. A., Branda, A. M., Sheehan, J., Kadlowec, J., Tulenko, T., Iftode, C. & Vernengo, A., Jun 29 2012, 2012 38th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, NEBEC 2012. p. 394-395 2 p. 6207130. (2012 38th Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, NEBEC 2012).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • 1 Scopus citations

    Tissue engineering of the intervertebral disc

    Wiltsey, C., Christiani, T., Williams, J., Coulter, J., Demiduke, D., Toomer, K., English, S., Hess, B., Branda, A., Sheehan, J., Kadlowec, J., Tulenko, T., Iftode, C. & Vernengo, A., Dec 1 2012, ASME 2012 Summer Bioengineering Conference, SBC 2012. p. 829-830 2 p. (ASME 2012 Summer Bioengineering Conference, SBC 2012).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution