Monica Lecce

M.A.Sc. Candidate
Chemical Engineering
Joined in 2019.

Research interests

  • Heart valve engineering
  • Tissue engineering
  • Pig umbilical cord perivascular cells
  • Congenital heart disease

Contact Information

Research Summary
While being supervised by a post-doctorate fellow, Neda Latifi, my research focuses on engineering allogenic heart valve tissue for in vivo investigations using a pig model. The scope of my project includes characterization of the proliferative capabilities of pig umbilical cord perivascular cells (pUCPVCs). Additionally, we are developing a valve construct using these pUCPVCs on a biodegradable electrospun polyurethane scaffold for implantation and testing in a pig model.


Recent News Publications
  • Latifi Neda, Lecce Monica, Simmons Craig A. Porcine umbilical cord perivascular cells for preclinical testing of tissue engineered heart valves. Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods. 2020 | Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.