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Fabrisia Ambrosio

Adjunct Associate Professor
Bioengineering Department


Ghuman, H., Perry, N., Grice, L., Gerwig, M., Jr, M.J., Nitzsche, F., Poplawsky, A.J., Ambrosio, F., & Modo, M. (2022). Physical therapy exerts sub-additive and suppressive effects on intracerebral neural stem cell implantation in a rat model of stroke. JOURNAL OF CEREBRAL BLOOD FLOW AND METABOLISM, 42(5), 826-843.SAGE Publications. doi: 10.1177/0271678X211062955.

Bourne, D.A., James, I., Wang, S., Bliley, J., Grahovac, T., Mitchell, R.T.M., Brown, S.A., Ambrosio, F., Ho, J., Lannau, B., Kemp, P.D., Gusenoff, J., Rubin, J.P., Gusenoff, J. (2021). Treatment of burn contractures with allogeneic human dermal fibroblasts improves Vancouver scar scale: A phase I/II trial. JOURNAL OF PLASTIC RECONSTRUCTIVE AND AESTHETIC SURGERY, 74(12), 3443-3445.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2021.08.018.

Clemens, Z., Sivakumar, S., Pius, A., Sahu, A., Shinde, S., Mamiya, H., Luketich, N., Cui, J., Dixit, P., Hoeck, J.D., Kreuz, S., Franti, M., Barchowsky, A., & Ambrosio, F. (2021). The biphasic and age-dependent impact of klotho on hallmarks of aging and skeletal muscle function. ELIFE, 10.eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd. doi: 10.7554/eLife.61138.

Kakar, R.S., Pastor, J.V., Moe, O.W., Ambrosio, F., Castaldi, D., & Sanders, L.H. (2021). Peripheral Klotho and Parkinson's Disease. MOVEMENT DISORDERS, 36(5), 1274-1276.Wiley. doi: 10.1002/mds.28530.

Anguiano, T., Sahu, A., Qian, B., Tang, W.Y., Ambrosio, F., & Barchowsky, A. (2020). Arsenic Directs Stem Cell Fate by Imparting Notch Signaling Into the Extracellular Matrix Niche. TOXICOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 177(2), 494-505.Oxford University Press (OUP). doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kfaa106.

Cheikhi, A., Anguiano, T., Lasak, J., Qian, B., Sahu, A., Mimiya, H., Cohen, C.C., Wipf, P., Ambrosio, F., & Barchowsky, A. (2020). Arsenic Stimulates Mycblast Mitochondrial Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor to Impair Myogenesis. TOXICOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 176(1), 162-174.Oxford University Press (OUP). doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kfaa031.

Sachdev, U., Ferrari, R., Cui, X., Pius, A., Sahu, A., Reynolds, M., Liao, H., Sun, P., Shinde, S., Ambrosio, F., Shiva, S., Loughran, P., & Scott, M. (2020). Caspase1/11 signaling affects muscle regeneration and recovery following ischemia, and can be modulated by chloroquine. MOLECULAR MEDICINE, 26(1), 69.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1186/s10020-020-00190-2.

Willett, N.J., Boninger, M.L., Miller, L.J., Alvarez, L., Aoyama, T., Bedoni, M., Brix, K.A., Chisari, C., Christ, G., Dearth, C.L., Dyson-Hudson, T.A., Evans, C.H., Goldman, S.M., Gregory, K., Gualerzi, A., Hart, J., Ito, A., Kuroki, H., Loghmani, M.T., Mack, D.L., Malanga, G.A., Noble-Haeusslein, L., Pasquina, P., Roche, J.A., Rose, L., Stoddart, M.J., Tajino, J., Terzic, C., Topp, K.S., Wagner, W.R., Warden, S.J., Wolf, S.L., Xie, H., Rando, T.A., & Ambrosio, F. (2020). Taking the Next Steps in Regenerative Rehabilitation: Establishment of a New Interdisciplinary Field. ARCHIVES OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION, 101(5), 917-923.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2020.01.007.

Cheikhi, A., Barchowsky, A., Sahu, A., Shinde, S.N., Pius, A., Clemens, Z.J., Li, H., Kennedy, C.A., Hoeck, J.D., Franti, M., & Ambrosio, F. (2019). Klotho: An Elephant in Aging Research. JOURNALS OF GERONTOLOGY SERIES A-BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AND MEDICAL SCIENCES, 74(7), 1031-1042.Oxford University Press (OUP). doi: 10.1093/gerona/glz061.

Cheikhi, A., Wallace, C., St Croix, C., Cohen, C., Tang, W.Y., Wipf, P., Benos, P.V., Ambrosio, F., & Barchowsky, A. (2019). Mitochondria are a substrate of cellular memory. FREE RADICAL BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, 130, 528-541.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2018.11.028.

Ambrosio, F., & Rando, T.A. (2018). The regenerative rehabilitation collection: a forum for an emerging field. NPJ REGENERATIVE MEDICINE, 3(1), 20.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1038/s41536-018-0058-z.

Hartman, R., Patil, P., Tisherman, R., St Croix, C., Niedernhofer, L.J., Robbins, P.D., Ambrosio, F., Van Houten, B., Sowa, G., & Vo, N. (2018). AGE-DEPENDENT CHANGES IN INTERVERTEBRAL DISC CELL MITOCHONDRIA AND BIOENERGETICS. EUROPEAN CELLS & MATERIALS, 36, 171-183.European Cells and Materials. doi: 10.22203/eCM.v036a13.

Rando, T.A., & Ambrosio, F. (2018). Regenerative Rehabilitation: Applied Biophysics Meets Stem Cell Therapeutics. CELL STEM CELL, 22(3), 306-309.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2018.02.003.

Rando, T.A., & Ambrosio, F. (2018). Regenerative Rehabilitation: Applied Biophysics Meets Stem Cell Therapeutics. Cell Stem Cell, 22(4), 608.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2018.03.010.

Sahu, A., Mamiya, H., Shinde, S.N., Cheikhi, A., Winter, L.L., Vo, N.V., Stolz, D., Roginskaya, V., Tang, W.Y., Croix, C.S., Sanders, L.H., Franti, M., Van Houten, B., Rando, T.A., Barchowsky, A., & Ambrosio, F. (2018). Age-related declines in α-Klotho drive progenitor cell mitochondrial dysfunction and impaired muscle regeneration. NATURE COMMUNICATIONS, 9(1), 4859.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-07253-3.

Dalise, S., Cavalli, L., Ghuman, H., Wahlberg, B., Gerwig, M., Chisari, C., Ambrosio, F., & Modo, M. (2017). Biological effects of dosing aerobic exercise and neuromuscular electrical stimulation in rats. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 7(1), 10830.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-11260-7.

Lai, S., Panarese, A., Lawrence, R., Boninger, M.L., Micera, S., & Ambrosio, F. (2017). A Murine Model of Robotic Training to Evaluate Skeletal Muscle Recovery after Injury. MEDICINE & SCIENCE IN SPORTS & EXERCISE, 49(4), 840-847.Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health). doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000001160.

Moritz, C.T., & Ambrosio, F. (2017). Regenerative Rehabilitation: Combining Stem Cell Therapies and Activity-Dependent Stimulation. PEDIATRIC PHYSICAL THERAPY, 29(3), S10-S15.Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health). doi: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000378.

Stearns-Reider, K.M., D'Amore, A., Beezhold, K., Rothrauff, B., Cavalli, L., Wagner, W.R., Vorp, D.A., Tsamis, A., Shinde, S., Zhang, C., Barchowsky, A., Rando, T.A., Tuan, R.S., & Ambrosio, F. (2017). Aging of the skeletal muscle extracellular matrix drives a stem cell fibrogenic conversion. AGING CELL, 16(3), 518-528.Wiley. doi: 10.1111/acel.12578.

Ambrosio, F., & Kleim, J.A. (2016). Regenerative Rehabilitation and Genomics: Frontiers in Clinical Practice. PHYSICAL THERAPY, 96(4), 430-431.Oxford University Press (OUP). doi: 10.2522/ptj.2016.96.4.430.

Badylak, S.F., Dziki, J.L., Sicari, B.M., Ambrosio, F., & Boninger, M.L. (2016). Mechanisms by which acellular biologic scaffolds promote functional skeletal muscle restoration. BIOMATERIALS, 103, 128-136.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2016.06.047.

Han, N., Yabroudi, M.A., Stearns-Reider, K., Helkowski, W., Sicari, B.M., Rubin, J.P., Badylak, S.F., Boninger, M.L., & Ambrosio, F. (2016). Electrodiagnostic Evaluation of Individuals Implanted With Extracellular Matrix for the Treatment of Volumetric Muscle Injury: Case Series. PHYSICAL THERAPY, 96(4), 540-549.Oxford University Press (OUP). doi: 10.2522/ptj.20150133.

Ross, H.H., Ambrosio, F., Trumbower, R.D., Reier, P.J., Behrman, A.L., & Wolf, S.L. (2016). Neural Stem Cell Therapy and Rehabilitation in the Central Nervous System: Emerging Partnerships. PHYSICAL THERAPY, 96(5), 734-742.Oxford University Press (OUP). doi: 10.2522/ptj.20150063.

Zhang, C., Ferrari, R., Beezhold, K., Stearns-Reider, K., D'Amore, A., Haschak, M., Stolz, D., Robbins, P.D., Barchowsky, A., & Ambrosio, F. (2016). Arsenic Promotes NF-Kb-Mediated Fibroblast Dysfunction and Matrix Remodeling to Impair Muscle Stem Cell Function. STEM CELLS, 34(3), 732-742.Oxford University Press (OUP). doi: 10.1002/stem.2232.

Ambrosio, F., Brown, E., Stolz, D., Ferrari, R., Goodpaster, B., Deasy, B., Distefano, G., Roperti, A., Cheikhi, A., Garciafigueroa, Y., & Barchowsky, A. (2014). Arsenic induces sustained impairment of skeletal muscle and muscle progenitor cell ultrastructure and bioenergetics. FREE RADICAL BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, 74, 64-73.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2014.06.012.

Avin, K.G., Coen, P.M., Huang, W., Stolz, D.B., Sowa, G.A., Dube, J.J., Goodpaster, B.H., O'Doherty, R.M., & Ambrosia, F. (2014). Skeletal muscle as a regulator of the longevity protein, Klotho. FRONTIERS IN PHYSIOLOGY, 5, 189.Frontiers Media SA. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2014.00189.

Dalise, S., Ambrosio, F., & Modo, M. (2014). Adaptive plasticity and recovery in preclinical models of stroke. ARCHIVES ITALIENNES DE BIOLOGIE, 152(4), 190-215.Pisa University Press. doi: 10.12871/00039829201442.

Dalise, S., Ambrosio, F., & Modo, M. (2014). Brain plasticity and recovery in preclinical models of stroke. Arch Ital Biol, 152(4), 190-215. doi: 10.12871/00039829201442.

Gentile, N.E., Stearns, K.M., Brown, E.H.P., Rubin, J.P., Boninger, M.L., Dearth, C.L., Ambrosio, F., & Badylak, S.F. (2014). Targeted Rehabilitation After Extracellular Matrix Scaffold Transplantation for the Treatment of Volumetric Muscle Loss. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION, 93(11), S79-S87.Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health). doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000145.

Sicari, B.M., Rubin, J.P., Dearth, C.L., Wolf, M.T., Ambrosio, F., Boninger, M., Turner, N.J., Weber, D.J., Simpson, T.W., Wyse, A., Brown, E.H.P., Dziki, J.L., Fisher, L.E., Brown, S., & Badylak, S.F. (2014). An Acellular Biologic Scaffold Promotes Skeletal Muscle Formation in Mice and Humans with Volumetric Muscle Loss. SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE, 6(234).American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3008085.

Ambrosio, F., Boninger, M.L., Brubaker, C.E., Delitto, A., Wagner, W.R., Shields, R.K., Wolf, S.L., & Rando, T.A. (2013). Emergent themes from Second Annual Symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. JOURNAL OF REHABILITATION RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, 50(3), VII-XIII.Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development. doi: 10.1682/JRRD.2013.04.0081.

Distefano, G., Ferrari, R.J., Weiss, C., Deasy, B.M., Boninger, M.L., Fitzgerald, G.K., Huard, J., & Ambrosio, F. (2013). Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation as a Method to Maximize the Beneficial Effects of Muscle Stem Cells Transplanted into Dystrophic Skeletal Muscle. In Musaro, A. (Ed.). PLOS ONE, 8(3), e54922.Public Library of Science (PLoS). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0054922.

Garciafigueroa, D.Y., Klei, L.R., Ambrosio, F., & Barchowsky, A. (2013). Arsenic-Stimulated Lipolysis and Adipose Remodeling Is Mediated by G-Protein-Coupled Receptors. TOXICOLOGICAL SCIENCES, 134(2), 335-344.Oxford University Press (OUP). doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kft108.

Kobayashi, T., Uehara, K., Ota, S., Tobita, K., Ambrosio, F., Cummins, J.H., Terada, S., Fu, F.H., & Huard, J. (2013). The timing of administration of a clinically relevant dose of losartan influences the healing process after contusion induced muscle injury. JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSIOLOGY, 114(2), 262-273.American Physiological Society. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00140.2011.

Modo, M., Ambrosio, F., Friedlander, R.M., Badylak, S.F., & Wechsler, L.R. (2013). Bioengineering solutions for neural repair and recovery in stroke. CURRENT OPINION IN NEUROLOGY, 26(6), 626-631.Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health). doi: 10.1097/WCO.0000000000000031.

Ambrosio, F., Fitzgerald, G.K., Ferrari, R., Distefano, G., & Carvell, G. (2012). A Murine Model of Muscle Training by Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation. JOVE-JOURNAL OF VISUALIZED EXPERIMENTS, (63), e3914.MyJove Corporation. doi: 10.3791/3914.

Childers, M.K., Markert, C., Atala, A., Cann, J., Christ, G., Furth, M., & Ambrosio, F. (2012). Regenerative medicine: Implications in rehabilitation. In DeLisa's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: Principles and Practice: Fifth Edition. 2-2, (pp. 2173-2186).

Ambrosio, F., Tarabishy, A., Kadi, F., Brown, E.H.P., & Sowa, G. (2011). Biological Basis of Exercise-Based Treatments for Musculoskeletal Conditions. PM&R, 3(6), S59-S63.Wiley. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2011.05.001.

Ambrosio, F., Tarabishy, A., Kadi, F., Brown, E.H.P., & Sowa, G. (2011). Biological basis of exercise-based treatments for musculoskeletal conditions. PM & R : the journal of injury, function, and rehabilitation, 3(6 Suppl 1).

Markert, C.D., Ambrosio, F., Call, J.A., & Grange, R.W. (2011). EXERCISE AND DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY: TOWARD EVIDENCE-BASED EXERCISE PRESCRIPTION. MUSCLE & NERVE, 43(4), 464-478.Wiley. doi: 10.1002/mus.21987.

Ambrosio, F., & Russell, A. (2010). Regenerative rehabilitation: a call to action. J Rehabil Res Dev, 47(3), xi-xv. doi: 10.1682/jrrd.2010.03.0021.

Ambrosio, F., Ferrari, R.J., Distefano, G., Plassmeyer, J.M., Carvell, G.E., Deasy, B.M., Boninger, M.L., Fitzgerald, G.K., & Huard, J. (2010). The Synergistic Effect of Treadmill Running on Stem-Cell Transplantation to Heal Injured Skeletal Muscle. TISSUE ENGINEERING PART A, 16(3), 839-849.Mary Ann Liebert Inc. doi: 10.1089/ten.tea.2009.0113.

Ambrosio, F., Wolf, S.L., Delitto, A., Fitzgerald, G.K., Badylak, S.F., Boninger, M.L., & Russell, A.J. (2010). The Emerging Relationship Between Regenerative Medicine and Physical Therapeutics. PHYSICAL THERAPY, 90(12), 1807-1814.Oxford University Press (OUP). doi: 10.2522/ptj.20100030.

Ambrosio, F., Ferrari, R.J., Fitzgerald, G.K., Carvell, G., Boninger, M.L., & Huard, J. (2009). Functional Overloading of Dystrophic Mice Enhances Muscle-Derived Stem Cell Contribution to Muscle Contractile Capacity. ARCHIVES OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION, 90(1), 66-73.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2008.06.035.

Ambrosio, F., Kadi, F., Lexell, J., Fitzgerald, G.K., Boninger, M.L., & Huard, J. (2009). The Effect of Muscle Loading on Skeletal Muscle Regenerative Potential An Update of Current Research Findings Relating to Aging and Neuromuscular Pathology. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION, 88(2), 145-155.Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health). doi: 10.1097/PHM.0b013e3181951fc5.

Deasy, B.M., Feduska, J.M., Payne, T.R., Li, Y., Ambrosio, F., & Huard, J. (2009). Effect of VEGF on the Regenerative Capacity of Muscle Stem Cells in Dystrophic Skeletal Muscle. MOLECULAR THERAPY, 17(10), 1788-1798.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1038/mt.2009.136.

Markert, C.D., Atala, A., Cann, J.K., Christ, G., Furth, M., Ambrosio, F., & Childers, M.K. (2009). Mesenchymal Stem Cells: Emerging Therapy for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. PM&R, 1(6), 547-559.Wiley. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2009.02.013.

Nozaki, M., Li, Y., Zhu, J., Ambrosio, F., Uehara, K., Fu, F.H., & Huard, J. (2008). Improved Muscle Healing After Contusion Injury by the Inhibitory Effect of Suramin on Myostatin, a Negative Regulator of Muscle Growth. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SPORTS MEDICINE, 36(12), 2354-2362.SAGE Publications. doi: 10.1177/0363546508322886.

Ambrosio, F., Boninger, M.L., Fitzgerald, S.G., Hubbard, S.L., Schwid, S.R., & Cooper, R.A. (2007). Comparison of mobility device delivery within Department of Veterans Affairs for individuals with multiple sclerosis versus spinal cord injury. JOURNAL OF REHABILITATION RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, 44(5), 693-701.Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development. doi: 10.1682/JRRD.2006.02.0016.

Zhu, J., Li, Y., Shen, W., Qiao, C., Ambrosio, F., Lavasani, M., Nozaki, M., Branca, M.F., & Huard, J. (2007). Relationships between transforming growth factor-β1, myostatin, and decorin -: Implications for skeletal muscle fibrosis. JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY, 282(35), 25852-25863.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M704146200.

Ambrosio, F., Boninger, M.L., Souza, A.L., Fitzgerald, S.G., Koontz, A.M., & Cooper, R.A. (2005). Biomechanics and strength of manual wheelchair users. JOURNAL OF SPINAL CORD MEDICINE, 28(5), 407-414.Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/10790268.2005.11753840.

Souza, A.L., Boninger, M.L., Fitzgerald, S.G., Shimada, S.D., Cooper, R.A., & Ambrosio, F. (2005). Upper limb strength in individuals with spinal cord injury who use manual wheelchairs. JOURNAL OF SPINAL CORD MEDICINE, 28(1), 26-32.Informa UK Limited. doi: 10.1080/10790268.2005.11753795.

Koontz, A.M., Cooper, R.A., Arva, J., Buning, M.E., Souza, A.L., & Ambrosio, F. (2004). Strength and Disability. In Muscle Strength, Kumar, S. (Ed.). (pp. 485-518).CRC Press LLC.

Côté, C.H., Ambrosio, F., & Perreault, G. (1999). Metabolic and contractile influence of carbonic anhydrase III in skeletal muscle is age dependent. Am J Physiol, 276(2), R559-R565.American Physiological Society. doi: 10.1152/ajpregu.1999.276.2.R559.

Fay, B.T., Boninger, M.L., Ambrosio, F., & Cooper, R.A. (2003). Aspects of Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis during Manual Wheelchair Propulsion. In Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings, 2, (pp. 1606-1608).