Fabrisia Ambrosio, MPT, PhD
Associate Professor

Fabrisia Ambrosio PhD, MPT is a tenured associate professor and has been a faculty member in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh since 2005; she is also a faculty member of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine (https://www.mirm.pitt.edu/) and holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Physical Therapy, Bioengineering, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh.

She is the Founding Course Director of the Annual International Symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation. She is also the Founding Director of the International Consortium for Regenerative Rehabilitation, which includes eleven participating institutions representing North America, Europe, and Asia.

Specialized Areas of Interest
Regenerative medicine, musculoskeletal disorders, aging, skeletal muscle injury and repair, stem cells, tissue engineering

Professional Organization Membership
American Physical Therapy Association


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

Honors and Awards
Emerging Female Scientist Honorable Mention Award, Carnegie Science Center, 2015
Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship Travel Award, 2013
Researcher of the Month, Foundation for Physical Therapy, 2013
CELLebrity Doctor by the Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research,2012
Best Junior Faculty Presentation,Institute on Aging 2009 Research Day, University of Pittsburgh, 2009

Selected Publications
Dr. Ambrosio's publications on Google Scholar

Research Activities
Dr. Ambrosio's research has the long-term goal of developing Regenerative Rehabilitation approaches to improve skeletal muscle healing and functional recovery. Her laboratory investigates the underlying mechanisms by which targeted and specific mechanotransductive signals can be used to enhance donor and/or host stem cell functionality in mouse and human models. Dr. Ambrosio's research has been supported by the NIH, the DOD, the Foundation for Physical Therapy, the Claude D. Pepper Older American's Independence Center, and the University of Pittsburgh Institute on Aging.

Media Appearances
International Consortium for Regenerative Rehabilitation
Mayo Clinic,January 18, 2016

Arsenic exposure and muscle regeneration
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, November 11, 2015