Ciarra Almeria studied at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien, Austria and received her bachelor degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2015. She then continued with the master degree in Tissue engineering and Regenerative medicine, where she received her Diploma with a double degree in Experimental and Medical Biosciences, due to her additional master study year at the Linköping University, Sweden in 2016. In her master thesis she was able to work with human cell lines with megakaryoblastic features such as CMK and MOLM-1 in order to investigate folate deficiency-associated thrombocytopenia after chemotherapy. During her research, she focused on the exposure of folate-deprived cells with gemcitabine or carboplatin, which impair the thymidylate synthesis, and ultimately assess the cell’s viability and possible genetic alterations.
She is currently doing her doctoral studies at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences and focuses on research topics involving the 3D cultivation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSC) as well as the development of bioprocess strategies for the production and characterization of hMSC-derived extracellular vesicles (hMSC-EVs) in different bioreactor systems. For this, she aims to create physiologically relevant cell culture models for (high yield) MSC expansion as well as to develop standardized isolation and characterization techniques for EVs.