Fabrisia Ambrosio, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Director, Foreign Students Program
  • Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr. Ambrosio is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh, and Director of Rehabilitation for UPMC International. She holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Physical Therapy, Orthopaedic Surgery, Bioengineering, Environmental Health & Occupational Safety, as well as Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh, and she serves on the Executive Committee of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Dr. Ambrosio’s research has the long-term goal of developing Regenerative Rehabilitation approaches to improve the skeletal muscle healing and functional recovery. Her laboratory investigates the underlying mechanisms by which mechanical and electrical signals can be used to enhance donor and/or host stem cell functionality in mouse and human models. Her research has received numerous awards, including, most recently, “best paper of the year” awards both in 2017 and 2018.

Dr. Ambrosio is committed to programmatic leadership in the field of Regenerative Rehabilitation. She is the Founding Director of the International Consortium for Regenerative Rehabilitation, the Founding Course Director for the Annual International Symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation and co-director of the NIH-funded Alliance for Regenerative Rehabilitation Research & Training.

Information about Dr. Ambrosio's laboratory can be found here: https://www.ambrosiolab.pitt.edu/

Research Interests: Regenerative medicine, musculoskeletal disorders, aging, skeletal muscle injury and repair, stem cells, tissue engineering

Dr. Ambrosio's publications are indexed on PubMed.

Education & Training

  • BS, Biology, Minor in Chemistry, Masnfield University, Mansfield, PA, 1996
  • MSc, Physiology/Endocrinology, Laval University, Quebec, Canada, 1998
  • MPT, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, 1999
  • PhD, Rehabilitation Science and Technology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2005