Dr Dania Movia

Biology, Human Health Institute

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

Callan Building
F1, Mezzanine
(01) 708 6850


Dr Dania Movia is an Assistant Professor in Biomedical & Health Services at the Department of Biology at Maynooth University and a Principal Investigator of the Kathleen Lonsdale Institute for Human Health Research. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Discipline of Radiation Therapy of Trinity College Dublin (Ireland). 

Dr Movia graduated in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies in 2007 from the University of Trieste (Italy). She then obtained her PhD at Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) in 2012, and she was awarded a Special Purpose Certificate in Academic Practice and a Master in Arts (jure officii) by the same university in 2018 and 2023, respectively. 

Dr Movia is a member of several professional bodies and organisations, which include the Irish Lung Cancer Alliance (ILCA) and Cancer Trials Ireland. She is an active member of the scientific advisory panels of Animal-Free Research UK and FRAME-UK.

Dr Movia has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications. She acted as Guest Editor in Animals (MDPI) and Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. (Frontiers) journals, and she co-edited the Cancer Cell Culture book for the Methods in Molecular Biology series, published by Springer Nature. She is currently an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Pharmacology journal. 

Research Interests

Dr Movia champions the reduction/replacement of animal testing via research and training of young scientists. Her current research work focuses on developing new, non-animal methodologies (NAMs) that can replace animal studies in lung cancer and lung toxicity research.

She has received funding in excess of €2M from several national, European and international (UK and USA) agencies including the Irish Research Council, Science Foundation Ireland, the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, and the European Commission. 

Research Projects

Title Role Description Start date End date Amount
Extracellular vesicles in Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer - Finding allies among the enemies Principal Investigator 01/06/2022 31/05/2026 552000
Exploring the use of non-animal research to find new, more effective ways to monitor treatment response in people affected by lung cancer Principal Investigator 12/01/2023 31/08/2026 29143.58
Developing novel inhaled bioengineered Extracellular Vesicle RNA based advanced therapeutics, delivered by tailored aerosol delivery technology for the treatment of lung cancer (INSPIRE) Consortium partner 01/06/2022 31/05/2025 12826655
Creating a tissue-mimetic 3D model that effectively mimics angiogenesis in non-small cell lung cancer as a predictive preclinical model to test anti-angiogenic compounds for NSCLC treatment Co-applicant 01/09/2022 31/08/2025 140000

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2016 Movia, D.; Poland, C.; Tran, L.; Volkov, Y.; Prina-Mello, A. (2016) 'Multilayered nanoparticles for personalized medicine: Translation into clinical markets' In: Handbook of Clinical Nanomedicine: Nanoparticles, Imaging, Therapy and Clinical Applications. [Link] [DOI]

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2011 Del Canto, E.; Flavin, K.; Movia, D.; Giordani, S. (2011) Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings Oxidized single-walled carbon nanotubes: Removal of carbonaceous functionalized material by washing with solvents or base [Link] [DOI]

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2023 Soliman, MG; Trinh, DN; Ravagli, C; Meleady, P; Henry, M; Movia, D; Doumett, S; Cappiello, L; Prina-Mello, A; Baldi, G; Monopoli, MP (2023) 'Development of a fast and simple method for the isolation of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles protein corona from protein-rich matrices'. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 659 . [DOI]
2018 Multari, C.; Miola, M.; Ferraris, S.; Movia, D.; Žužek Rožman, K.; Kostevšek, N.; Follenzi, A.; Verné, E.; Prina-Mello, A. (2018) 'Synthesis and characterization of silica-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles and interaction with pancreatic cancer cells'. International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, 15 . [Link] [DOI]
2018 Di Cristo, L.; Carthy, S.M.; Paton, K.; Movia, D.; Prina-Mello, A. (2018) 'Interplay between oxidative stress and endoplasmic reticulum stress mediated- autophagy in unfunctionalised few-layer graphene-exposed macrophages'. 2D Materials, 5 . [Link] [DOI]
2017 Moore, C.; Movia, D.; Smith, R.J.; Hanlon, D.; Lebre, F.; Lavelle, E.C.; Byrne, H.J.; Coleman, J.N.; Volkov, Y.; McIntyre, J. (2017) 'Industrial grade 2D molybdenum disulphide (MoS2): An in vitro exploration of the impact on cellular uptake, cytotoxicity, and inflammation'. 2D Materials, 4 . [Link] [DOI]
2016 Di Cristo, L.; Movia, D.; Bianchi, M.G.; Allegri, M.; Mohamed, B.M.; Bell, A.P.; Moore, C.; Pinelli, S.; Rasmussen, K.; Riego-Sintes, J.; Prina-Mello, A.; Bussolati, O.; Bergamaschi, E. (2016) 'Proinflammatory effects of pyrogenic and precipitated amorphous silica nanoparticles in innate immunity cells'. Toxicological Sciences, 150 . [Link] [DOI]
2016 Spadavecchia, J.; Movia, D.; Moore, C.; Maguire, C.M.; Moustaoui, H.; Casale, S.; Volkov, Y.; Prina-Mello, A. (2016) 'Targeted polyethylene glycol gold nanoparticles for the treatment of pancreatic cancer: From synthesis to proof-of-concept in vitro studies'. International journal of nanomedicine, 11 . [Link] [DOI]
2015 Rotoli, B.M.; Gatti, R.; Movia, D.; Bianchi, M.G.; Di Cristo, L.; Fenoglio, I.; Sonvico, F.; Bergamaschi, E.; Prina-Mello, A.; Bussolati, O. (2015) 'Identifying contact-mediated, localized toxic effects of MWCNT aggregates on epithelial monolayers: A single-cell monitoring toxicity assay'. Nanotoxicology, 9 . [Link] [DOI]
2014 Schütz, C.A.; Staedler, D.; Crosbie-Staunton, K.; Movia, D.; Bernasconi, C.C.; Kenzaoui, B.H.; Prina-Mello, A.; Juillerat-Jeanneret, L. (2014) 'Differential stress reaction of human colon cells to oleic-acid-stabilized and unstabilized ultrasmall iron oxide nanoparticles'. International journal of nanomedicine, 9 . [Link] [DOI]
2014 Movia, D.; Gerard, V.; Maguire, C.M.; Jain, N.; Bell, A.P.; Nicolosi, V.; O'Neill, T.; Scholz, D.; Gun'ko, Y.; Volkov, Y.; Prina-Mello, A. (2014) 'A safe-by-design approach to the development of gold nanoboxes as carriers for internalization into cancer cells'. Biomaterials, 35 . [Link] [DOI]
2013 Singh, M.; Movia, D.; Mahfoud, O.K.; Volkov, Y.; Prina-Mello, A. (2013) 'Silver nanowires as prospective carriers for drug delivery in cancer treatment: An in vitro biocompatibility study on lung adenocarcinoma cells and fibroblasts'. European Journal of Nanomedicine, 5 . [Link] [DOI]
2013 Mohamed, B.M.; Movia, D.; Knyazev, A.; Langevin, D.; Davies, A.M.; Prina-Mello, A.; Volkov, Y. (2013) 'Citrullination as early-stage indicator of cell response to Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes'. Scientific Reports, 3 . [Link] [DOI]
2012 Schinwald, A.; Murphy, F.A.; Prina-Mello, A.; Poland, C.A.; Byrne, F.; Movia, D.; Glass, J.R.; Dickerson, J.C.; Schultz, D.A.; Jeffree, C.E.; Macnee, W.; Donaldson, K. (2012) 'The threshold length for fiber-induced acute pleural inflammation: Shedding light on the early events in asbestos-induced mesothelioma'. Toxicological Sciences, 128 . [Link] [DOI]
2012 Canto, E.D.; Natali, M.; Movia, D.; Giordani, S. (2012) 'Photo-controlled release of zinc metal ions by spiropyran receptors anchored to single-walled carbon nanotubes'. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 14 . [Link] [DOI]
2011 Del Canto, E.; Flavin, K.; Movia, D.; Navio, C.; Bittencourt, C.; Giordani, S. (2011) 'Critical investigation of defect site functionalization on single-walled carbon nanotubes'. Chemistry of Materials, 23 . [Link] [DOI]
2011 Movia, D.; Prina-Mello, A.; Bazou, D.; Volkov, Y.; Giordani, S. (2011) 'Screening the cytotoxicity of single-walled carbon nanotubes using novel 3D tissue-mimetic models'. ACS Nano, 5 . [Link] [DOI]
2011 Leblanc, R.M.; Thakur, G.; Micic, M.; Yang, Y.; Li, W.; Movia, D.; Giordani, S.; Zhang, H. (2011) 'Conjugated quantum dots inhibit the amyloid β(1-42) fibrillation process'. International Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, . [Link] [DOI]
2010 Movia, D.; Prina-Mello, A.; Volkov, Y.; Giordani, S. (2010) 'Determination of spiropyran cytotoxicity by high content screening and analysis for safe application in bionanosensing'. Chemical Research in Toxicology, 23 . [Link] [DOI]
2010 Movia, D.; Del Canto, E.; Giordani, S. (2010) 'Purified and oxidized single-walled carbon nanotubes as robust near-IR fluorescent probes for molecular imaging'. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 114 . [Link] [DOI]
2009 Movia, D.; Del Canto, E.; Giordani, S. (2009) 'Spectroscopy of single-walled carbon nanotubes in aqueous surfactant dispersion'. Physica Status Solidi (B) Basic Research, 246 . [Link] [DOI]

Other Publication

Year Publication
2023 Movia, D.; Prina-Mello, A. (2023) Preface. [Link]
2016 Bregoli, L.; Movia, D.; Gavigan-Imedio, J.D.; Lysaght, J.; Reynolds, J.; Prina-Mello, A. (2016) Nanomedicine applied to translational oncology: A future perspective on cancer treatment. [Link] [DOI]
2014 Mahfoud, O.K.; Rakovich, T.Y.; Prina-Mello, A.; Movia, D.; Alves, F.; Volkov, Y. (2014) Detection of ErbB2: Nanotechnological solutions for clinical diagnostics. [Link] [DOI]
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Professional Associations

Description Function From / To
ILCA (Irish Lung Cancer Alliance) Member -
Cancer Trials Ireland Member -
EACR (European Association for Cancer Research) Member -

Honors and Awards

Date Title Awarding Body
17/06/2023 Master in Arts (jure officii) Trinity College Dublin


Employer Position From / To
Trinity College Dublin Research assistant -
Trinity College Dublin Research fellow -
Trinity College Dublin Senior research fellow -
Trinity College Dublin Post-doctoral research fellow -
Trinity College Dublin Assistant professor -


Start date Institution Qualification Subject
Trinity College Dublin PhD in Chemistry Chemistry
Università degli Studi di Trieste MSc in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies Pharmacy
Trinity College Dublin Special Purpose Certificate in Academic Practice Education

Editorial / Academic Reviews

Amount Role From / To
Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology Guest Editor -
Frontiers in Pharmacology Reviewing Editor -
Frontiers in Pharmacology Associate Editor -
Animals Guest Editor -
Cancer Cell Culture Methods and Protocols (book) Editor -