Ernestina Schipani, MD, PhD

Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor, Internal Medicine
Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology
University of Michigan
Orthopaedic Research Laboratories
A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building, Room 2007
109 Zina Pitcher Place
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2200


Dr. Schipani graduated as M.D. first (1985), and Ph.D. later (1989) with Prof. Aldo Pinchera at University of Pisa-Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy. 

In 1988, she specialized in Endocrinology in Pisa.  In 1990, she joined the Endocrine Unit led by Prof. Henry Kronenberg at MGH-Harvard Medical School as Postdoctoral Fellow in Prof. Gino Segre's and Prof. Harald Jueppner's laboratories.

In 1997, she was appointed Assistant Professor of Medicine.  In 2006, she was promoted Associate Professor of Medicine at MGH-Harvard Medical School.

In 2011, she was recruited at Indiana University-Medical School as Full Professor of Medicine with tenure and Adjunct Full Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

Since 2013, she has been Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery with tenure and Professor of Medicine/Endocrinology at the University of Michigan-Medical School.

Dr. Schipani studies molecular and cellular mechanisms of cartilage and bone development and homeostasis.  She has received numerous national and international recognitions.  NIH has funded her research since 1997.  She has been an ASCI member since 2005.  Dr. Schipani has authored more than one hundred publications.

Areas of Interest

Dr. Ernestina Schipani's laboratory has a long-standing interest in the study of bone development. Over the years, her laboratory has used cartilage and bone tissues as models to establish important principles in the broader fields of receptor and hypoxia biology. Please visit her lab to find out more about their past major discoveries and current research. Ernestina (Stina) Schipani's Research Lab


Doctorate of Medicine (M.D.) - 1985
Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) - 1989