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University of Washington
School of Medicine
Box 358050
850 Republican Street
Brotman Building 453
Seattle, WA 98195-8050

Cecilia Giachelli, PhD


Dr. Cecilia Giachelli

Dr. Cecilia Giachelli is Professor of Bioengineering, Adjunct Professor of Pathology, and Adjunct Professor of Oral Biology at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA USA. She received her undergraduate training in Biochemistry from University of California at Davis and the doctoral degree in Pharmacology from the University of Washington. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in Pathology and Pharmacology at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

Dr. Giachelli is internationally recognized for her work investigating the molecular mechanisms of vascular calcification and extracellular matrix control of cell function. Her studies have led to the discovery of key inducers and inhibitors that contribute to vascular calcification in the setting of chronic kidney disease, atherosclerosis and medical devices. These discoveries are currently being translated to therapeutic strategies to block inappropriate calcification in disease and biomaterials development.

Other areas of research include control of inflammation and foreign body reaction, regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. Dr. Giachelli is on the editorial board of Circulation Research and Cardiovascular Pathology, and she has published over 100 articles in top journals, including Circulation Research, Kidney International, Journal of Clinical Investigation, and Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Dr. Giachelli was awarded the American Heart Association Established Investigator Award, the American Society of Nephrology Jack Coburn endowed lectureship, and is an elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. She has received both public and private funding for research on vascular calcification.