Academic Title: PhD in Science and Cellular Technologies
First Name: Graziana
Last Name: Colaianni
Member Since: MAY 2016
Institution: The University of Bari


Graziana Colaianni received her PhD in Science and Cellular Technologies from the University of Bari (Italy) in 2005.
During her post-doc, she was involved in analyzing the effects of hypothalamic and steroids hormones by studying the bone phenotype of mice genetically modified for the oxytocin receptor, vasopressin receptor and double knock out for both receptors. Some of these studies have been carried out at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (New York, USA), where she has been working as post-doctoral fellow.
She has also been involved in two projects supported by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), European and Italian Space Agency (ESA and ASI) for studying the effect of microgravity on bone tissue, during the Space flight missions Columbia STS-107, FOTON-M3 and Dragon SpaceX CRS-14. These projects generated her major interest in the field of osteoporosis and muscle atrophy related to microgravity and mechanical loading.
Currently, she is mainly working on bone-muscle interaction. Her recent works showed that the miokine Irisin, secreted by skeletal muscle during physical activity, plays a central role in bone metabolism, driving positive effects on bone mineral density and cortical bone geometry.

List of invited presentations

  • 27/05/2018Sunday, May 27. h 09:40 - 09:50 Auditorium 1 Plenary Oral Presentations 1: Bone regulators Link:

List of 5 Best Publications


- Areas Of Expertise: Ageing, Bone Density, Endocrinology, Molecular Biology, Muscle, Nutrition, Osteoporosis, Physical Activity, and Energy Metabolism
- Favorite Cell: Osteoblast
- Favorite Protein: Osteocalcin
- Best technical skill: microCT
- Best knowledge: Bone and Muscle talk
- Hated technique: FACS
- Research goal: Fight against osteoporosis and muscular atrophy in bedridden/paralytic patients and in astronauts during space flight missions.
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- Favorite dish: Risotto
- Favorite place to live: Oslo (Norway)
- Best sport skill: Ski
- Worst performance: To sing
- Free time activity: Travel
- Favorite quote: I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.(T. A. Edison)