Professor Marcelo N. Rivolta

MarceloProfessor of Sensory Stem Cell Biology
Centre for Stem Cell Biology
Department of Biomedical Science
The University of Sheffield
Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN
United Kingdom

Room: C226 Alfred Denny building
Phone: +44 (0) 114 222 2385
email : m.n.rivolta@sheffield.ac.uk


Career history

  • 2013-present: Professor of Sensory Stem Cell Biology, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sheffield. UK.
  • 2012-2013: Reader in Sensory Stem Cell Biology, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sheffield. UK.
  • 2003-2011: Senior Research Fellow, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sheffield. UK.
  • 2001-2003: Research Fellow, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sheffield. UK.
  • 1998-2001: Research Fellow, Department of Physiology, University of Bristol. UK.
  • 1995-1998: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Physiology, University of Bristol. UK.
  • 1992-1995: Ph.D., NIH. Bethesda, Maryland, USA and University of Córdoba, Argentina.
  • 1992-1995: Visiting Associate at the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, NIDCD, NIH. Bethesda. Maryland. USA.
  • 1992-1991: Visiting Fellow at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, NIDCD, NIH. Bethesda. Maryland. USA.
  • 1989-1991: Visiting Fellow at the Laboratory of Cellular Biology, NIDCD, NIH. Bethesda. Maryland. USA.
  • 1989: M.D. School of Medicine, University of Córdoba. Argentina.
  • 1984-1989: Research Assistant. Institute of Cell Biology and Department of Histology, Embryology and Genetics. School of Medicine, University of Córdoba. Argentina.

Research interests

Deafness is a major public health issue worldwide, with more than 3 million people in the UK alone enduring a moderate to profound hearing loss. The Rivolta laboratory is dedicated to study the biology and behaviour of auditory stem cells (primarily human) and to explore their potential to regenerate the damaged inner ear.

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Activities and distinctions

  • Reviewer for leading scientific journals.
  • Reviewer for research proposals submitted to Action on Hearing Loss, Deafness Research UK, The Wellcome Trust, MRC, BBSRC and other funding bodies.
  • Invited speaker at several national and international meetings.
  • Trustee of the charity ‘The Ear Foundation’.

Funding

Recent Publications

Rivolta MN (2013)
New strategies for the restoration of hearing loss: challenges and opportunities.
Br Med Bull, 105, 69-84.

Boddy SL, Chen W, Romero-Guevara R, Kottam L, Bellantuono I & Rivolta MN (2012)
Inner ear progenitor cells can be generated in vitro from human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells.
Regen Med, 7(6), 757-767.

Durán Alonso MB, Feijoo-Redondo A, Conde de Felipe M, Carnicero E, García AS, García-Sancho J, Rivolta MN, Giráldez F & Schimmang T (2012)
Generation of inner ear sensory cells from bone marrow-derived human mesenchymal stem cells.
Regen Med, 7(6), 769-783.

Chen W, Jongkamonwiwat N, Abbas L, Eshtan SJ, Thurlow JK, Andrews PW, Moore HD, Rivolta MN, Johnson SL, Kuhn S, Milo M & Marcotti W (2012)
Restoration of auditory evoked responses by human ES-cell-derived otic progenitors
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Nature, 490(7419), 278-282.

Chen W, Jongkamonwiwat N, Abbas L, Eshtan SJ, Johnson SL, Kuhn S, Milo M, Thurlow JK, Andrews PW, Marcotti W, Moore HD & Rivolta MN (2012)
Restoration of auditory evoked responses by human ES-cell-derived otic progenitors.
Nature, 490(7419), 278-282.

Huisman MA & Rivolta MN (2012)
Neural crest stem cells and their potential application in a therapy for deafness.
Front Biosci (Schol Ed), 4, 121-132.

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