University of Melbourne

  • Dr Claudia Di Bella is an academic orthopaedic surgeon with a specific interest in advanced technologies for musculoskeletal regeneration. Dr Di Bella is the leader of the Cartilage Regeneration Program of Research at the University of Melbourne (Australia), focused on the use of advanced 3D printing technologies, including surgical 3D bioprinting, robotics and stem cells for musculoskeletal regeneration. Dr Di Bella in 2017 received the prestigious Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Senior Lecturer Fellowship and won the Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society (ANZORS) Early Career Award. Dr Di Bella has led her team to successfully secure more than 18 national peer reviewed grants, reinforced and strengthened national and international collaboration with key players in the field, and strongly contributed to the advances of the Biofab3D, the first Australian biofabrication hub embedded in the hospital setting.

    The successes of Dr Di Bella’s team have been recently recognised internationally (winner of the Orthoregeneration Award for the most innovative work in orthoregeneration) and nationally (Finalist at the prestigious NSW Eureka prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research and winner of the Veski Innovator of the Year 2018 with her “team Biopen”), and showcased by national media such as ABC news, Channel 10 “The Project” and National Geographic. Dr Di Bella has been recently appointed in the Board of Directors of the Research Foundation of the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA), and is a faculty member of the Academic Section of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Dr Di Bella is very passionate about gender equality in STEM-M, she is a mentor in the academic surgery program of the University of Melbourne as well as a mentor for women in medicine and women in surgery nationally.

    Title: Advanced bioprinting for musculoskeletal applications.  A surgeon’s perspective