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Dr. Dania Movia

Senior Research Fellow (Trinity Translational Medicine Institute)

Senior Research Fellow (CRANN)

Dr Dania Movia is a Senior Research Fellow of the Department of Clinical Medicine. She received her PhD at Trinity College Dublin in 2012, and subsequently she was awarded a Special Purpose Certificate in Academic Practice by the same university in 2018. Her current research work focuses on developing new, non-animal technologies (NATs) that can replace animal studies in cancer and lung toxicity research. These technologies are based on human cells growing as complex, 3D cultures in a dish, outside the human body. Her long-term research vision is a world where biomedical research is animal-free, and anti-cancer drug discovery can translate treatments in a timely and cost-effective manner, ensuring that patients always get the best therapy possible. Among her academic duties, Dania lectures in the Trinity MSc in Molecular Medicine since 2016. On the research front, she was Principal Investigator in a grant funded by the John Hopkins' Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT). At European level, she is involved as Trinity co-Principal Investigator in the EC-H2020 BIORIMA project. She is also part of the Scientific Advisory Panel of Animal-Free Research UK, Expert Panel member of the SAToRI-BTR project, and Topic Editor of the Frontiers Bioengineering and Biotechnology journal.
  Alternatives to Animal Testing   Biology   Biomaterials   Cellular Biology   Imaging Techniques   In vitro alternatives to animal studies   In vitro testing, trial methods   Lung cancer   Medicinal Chemistry   Nanochemistry   Nanomedicine   Nanotechnology   Pancreatic cancer   Physical Chemistry   Spectroscopy
 Pre-clinical models for predicting the toxicity, absorption and biodistribution of inhaled nanomaterials in humans
 INEDITED - Improve NanomEDIcine Translation into clinical lung cancEr Drugs

Details Date
Scientific Advisory Panel member, Animal-Free Research UK. 2019
Topic Editor for the Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology journal - Topic: Use of 3D Models in Drug Development and Precision Medicine: Advances and Outlook. 2019
Expert Panel member, SAToRI-BTR project. 2019
Reviewer for several international scientific journals. Present
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EACR (European Association for Cancer Research) membership.
Dania Movia, Maroua Benhaddada, Jolanda Spadavecchia, Adriele Prina-Mello, Latest advances in combining gold nanomaterials with physical stimuli towards new responsive therapeutic and diagnostic strategies , Precision Nanomedicine, 3, (2), 2020, p495 - 524, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Moustaoui H, Saber J, Djeddi I, Liu Q, Movia D, Prina-Mello A, Spadavecchia J, Lamy de la Chapelle M, Djaker N., A protein corona study by scattering correlation spectroscopy: a comparative study between spherical and urchin-shaped gold nanoparticles., Nanoscale, 11, (8), 2019, p3665-3673 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Dania Movia, Despina Bazou, Adriele Prina-Mello, ALI multilayered co-cultures mimic biochemical mechanisms of the cancer cell-fibroblast cross-talk involved in NSCLC MultiDrug Resistance, BMC Cancer, 19, (1), 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Nanotoxicity in cancer research: technical protocols and tips considerations for the use of 3D tumour spheroids in, editor(s)Ferreira de Castro Gomes Andreia, Sárria Pereira Passos Marisa. , Unraveling the Safety Profile of Nanoscale Particles and Materials - From Biomedical to Environmental Applications, InTech, 2018, [Movia D., Prina-Mello A.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Adriele Prina-Mello, Namrata Jain, Baiyun Liu, Jason I. Kilpatrick, Melissa A. Tutty, Alan P. Bell, Suzanne P Jarvis, Yuri Volkova, Dania Movia, Culturing substrates influence the morphological, mechanical and biochemical features of lung adenocarcinoma cells cultured in 2D or 3D, Tissue and Cell, 50, 2018, p15 - 30, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Cristina Multari, Marta Miola, Sara Ferraris, Dania Movia, Kristina Žužek Rožman, Nina Kostevšek, Antonia Follenzi, Enrica Verné, Adriele Prina-Mello, Synthesis and characterization of silica-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles and interaction with pancreatic cancer cells, International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, 2018, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Di Cristo, L. and Maguire, C.M. and Mc Quillan, K. and Aleardi, M. and Volkov, Y. and Movia, D. and Prina-Mello, A., Towards the identification of an in vitro tool for assessing the biological behavior of aerosol supplied nanomaterials, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15, (4), 2018, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Adriele Prina-Mello and Dania Movia and Despina Bazou and Yuri Volkov and Adriele Prina-Mello, Multilayered Cultures of NSCLC cells grown at the Air-Liquid Interface allow the efficacy testing of inhaled anti-cancer drugs, Scientific Reports, 2018, p12920-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Luisana Di Cristo, Sarah Mc Carthy, Keith Paton, Dania Movia, Adriele Prina-Mello, Interplay between oxidative stress and endoplasmic reticulum stress mediated- autophagy in unfunctionalised few-layer graphene-exposed macrophages, 2D Materials, 2018, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Hutchinson D, Muller J, McCarthy JE, Gun'ko YK, Verma NK, Bi X, Di Cristo L, Kickham L, Movia D, Prina-Mello A, Volkov Y, Cadmium nanoparticles citrullinate cytokeratins within lung epithelial cells: cadmium as a potential cause of citrullination in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease , 13, 2018, p441 - 449, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  URL  URL

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Susan Dekkers, Agnes G Oomen, Eric AJ Bleeker, Rob J Vandebriel, Christian Micheletti, Joan Cabellos, Gemma Janer, Natalia Fuentes, Socorro Vázquez-Campos, Teresa Borges, Maria João Silva, Adriele Prina-Mello, Dania Movia, Fabrice Nesslany, Ana Ribeiro, Paulo Emílio Leite, Monique Groenewold, Flemming R Cassee, Adrienne JAM Sips, Aart Dijkzeul, Tom van Teunenbroek, Susan WP Wijnhoven, NANoREG Deliverable D 5.8-Decision tree for risk assessment of MNMs , 2016, Report, PUBLISHED
Gavigan-Imedio J.D., Movia D., Volkov Y., Prina-Mello A., Nanomedicine translational oncology: a perspective to cancer treatment, EuroNanoForum, Dublin, Ireland, June 2013, 2013, Notes: [Poster presentation], Oral Presentation, PRESENTED
Movia D., Del Canto E., Giordani S., Purified and Oxidized SWNTs: potential NIR fluorescence probes for molecular imaging, ChemOnTubes 2010, Arcachon, France, 11-15/04/2010, 2010, Notes: [Poster presentation], Oral Presentation, PRESENTED


Award Date
Research Award in recognition for the publication of an internationally peer-reviewed publication of the highest quality. 2012
Best Material Science Poster, 33rd Annual Microscopy Society of Ireland (MSI) meeting 2009
Paper of the Year 2012, Society of Toxicology Board 2012
Research areas: ► Oncological nanomedicine ► Tissue-mimetic in vitro cell models for cancer research ► Alternatives to animal research and 3Rs principle ► Medicinal chemistry ► Risk assessment of nanomaterials ► Nanotechnology