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Dr. Dania Movia

Adjunct Assistant Professor (Radiation Therapy)


Dr Dania Movia is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Discipline of Radiation Therapy of Trinity College Dublin, associated with the Trinity St James's Cancer Institute. She is also an Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator at the Department of Biology of Maynooth University (Ireland). 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. Dr Movia champions the reduction and replacement of animal testing via research and training of young scientists. Her current research work focuses on developing new, non-animal methodologies (NAMs) that can replace animal studies in cancer and lung toxicity research. These technologies are based on human cells growing as complex, 3D in vitro tissues, outside the human body. Dr Movia has received support and funding from several organisations including the Irish Research Council (IRC), Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Animal-Free Research UK, the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing Award (CAAT), and the European Commission. She has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications, edited 1 e-book and she has acted as Guest Editor in "Animals" (MDPI) and "Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol." (Frontiers) journals. She has edited a book for the book series Methods in Molecular Biology, published by Springer Nature. Currently, she is Associated Editor for the Frontiers in Pharmacology journal. Dr Movia is part of the Scientific Advisory Panel of Animal-Free Research UK and FRAME UK. She is also a member of a number of professional bodies and organisations, which include the Irish Lung Cancer Alliance (ILCA) and Cancer Trials Ireland. An updated list of her publications can be found at:
  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
 Extracellular vesicles in Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer - Finding allies among the enemies
 Developing novel inhaled bioengineered Extracellular Vesicle RNA based advanced therapeutics, delivered by tailored aerosol delivery technology for the treatment of lung cancer (INSPIRE)
 Towards a kinder yet impactful way to conduct lung cancer research
 Risk Management of Biomaterials (BIORIMA)
 Pre-clinical models for predicting the toxicity, absorption and biodistribution of inhaled nanomaterials in humans

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Scientific Advisory Panel member, FRAME UK 2021
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
Review Editor, Predictive Toxicology, specialty section of the Frontiers in Pharmacology journal. 2021
Reviewer for several international scientific journals. A list is available at: Present
Guest Editor, Animals (MDPI) journal - Topic title: Replacing Animal Testing in Research"A Scientific and Regulatory Perspective of Current Efforts Towards the 1R. 2021
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EACR (European Association for Cancer Research) membership 2018 Present
Irish Lung Cancer Alliance (ILCA) member 2021 Present
Cancer Trials Ireland membership 2022 Present
Soliman, M.G. and Trinh, D.N. and Ravagli, C. and Meleady, P. and Henry, M. and Movia, D. and Doumett, S. and Cappiello, L. and Prina-Mello, A. and Baldi, G. and Monopoli, M.P., Development of a fast and simple method for the isolation of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles protein corona from protein-rich matrices, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 659, 2024, p503-519 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Mullen, S. and Movia, D., The role of extracellular vesicles in non-small-cell lung cancer, the unknowns, and how new approach methodologies can support new knowledge generation in the field, European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 188, (106516), 2023, Notes: [cited By 1], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Movia, D. and Prina-Mello, A., A Method for Culturing 3D Tumoroids of Lung Adenocarcinoma Cells at the Airâ€"Liquid Interface, Methods in Molecular Biology, 2645, 2023, p173-178 , Notes: [cited By 1], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Neuhaus W, Reininger-Gutmann B, Rinner B, Plasenzotti R, Wilflingseder D, De Kock J, Vanhaecke T, Rogiers V, Jírová D, Kejlová K, Knudsen LE, Spielmann H, The Current Status and Work of Three Rs Centres and Platforms in Europe., Alternatives to laboratory animals : ATLA, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Neuhaus W, Reininger-Gutmann B, Rinner B, Plasenzotti R, Wilflingseder D, De Kock J, Vanhaecke T, Rogiers V, Jírová D, Kejlová K, Knudsen LE, Nielsen RN, Kleuser B, Kral V, Thöne-Reineke C, Hartung T, Pallocca G, Leist M, Hippenstiel S, Lang A, Retter I, Krämer S, Jedlicka P, Ameli K, Fritsche E, Tigges J, Buettner M, Bleich A, Baumgart N, Baumgart J, Meinhardt MW, Spanagel R, Chourbaji S, Kränzlin B, Seeger B, von Köckritz-Blickwede M, Sánchez-Morgado JM, Galligioni V, Ruiz-Pérez D, Movia D, Prina-Mello A, Ahluwalia A, Chiono V, Gutleb AC, Schmit M, van Golen B, van Weereld L, Kienhuis A, van Oort E, van der Valk J, Smith A, Roszak J, St"pnik M, Soba"ska Z, Olsson IAS, Franco NH, Sevastre B, Kandarova H, Capdevila S, Johansson J, Cederroth CR, Sandström J, Ragan I, Bubalo N, Spielmann H., The Rise of Three Rs Centres and Platforms in Europe., Alternatives to laboratory animals : ATLA, 50, (2), 2022, p90-120 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Galligioni, V. and Movia, D. and Ruiz-Perez, D. and Sanchez-Morgado, J.M. and Prina-Mello, A., The Case for Modernizing Biomedical Research in Ireland through the Creation of An Irish 3Rs Centre, Animals, 12, (9), 2022, Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Tutty, M.A. and Movia, D. and Prina-Mello, A., Three-dimensional (3D) liver cell models - a tool for bridging the gap between animal studies and clinical trials when screening liver accumulation and toxicity of nanobiomaterials, Drug Delivery and Translational Research, 2022, Review Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Special Issue "Replacing Animal Testing in Research"A Scientific and Regulatory Perspective of Current Efforts Towards the 1R", Animals (MDPI), 2021-2022, Editorial Board, PUBLISHED
Singh, B. and Abdelgawad, M.E. and Ali, Z. and Bailey, J. and Budyn, E. and Civita, P. and Clift, M.J.D. and Connelly, J.T. and Constant, S. and Hittinger, M. and Kandarova, H. and Kearns, V.R. and Kiuru, T. and Kostrzewski, T. and Kress, S. and Durban, V.M. and Lehr, C.-M. and McMillan, H. and Metz, J.K. and Monteban, V. and Movia, D. and Neto, C. and Owen, C. and Paasonen, L. and Palmer, K.A. and Pilkington, G.J. and Pilkington, K. and Prina-Mello, A. and Roper, C. and Sheard, J. and Smith, S. and Turner, J.E. and Roy, I. and Tutty, M.A. and Velliou, E. and Wilkinson, J.M., Towards more predictive, physiological and animal-free in vitro models: Advances in cell and tissue culture 2020 conference proceedings, ATLA Alternatives to Laboratory Animals, 49, (3), 2021, p93-110 , Notes: [cited By 0], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Prina-Mello, A. and Bonacina, L. and Staedler, D. and Movia, D., Editorial: Use of 3D Models in Drug Development and Precision Medicine - Advances and Outlook, 1826, 2021, -, Notes: [cited By 0], Miscellaneous, PUBLISHED  DOI

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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: 1. In vitro New Approach Methodologies (NAMs) 2. Alternatives to animal research and 3Rs principle 3. Lung cancer research 4. Inhalation toxicology 5. Oncological nanomedicine 6. Risk assessment of nanomaterials 7. Nanotechnology