Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Immunology and Inflammation

Research Fellow







Commonwealth BuildingHammersmith Campus





Dr Salvatore Santamaria is a British Heart Foundation Basic Science Research Fellow. He is working in collaboration with Dr. Josefin Ahnström in the Centre for Haematology.

He obtained an MSc in Biotechnology from University of Pisa, Italy, in September 2008. He worked for one year as a Research Assistant in Prof. Armando Rossello’s laboratory, University of Pisa, where he characterised small molecule inhibitors of matrix metalloproteases. In October 2009 he joined Prof. Hideaki Nagase’s laboratory at Imperial College London where he isolated and characterised inhibitory antibodies of ADAMTS-5, a key protease in osteoarthritis. A substantial part of his PhD was spent in his co-supervisor Prof. Gillian Murphy’s laboratory (Cancer Research Institute, Cambridge) and in Dr John McCafferty’s laboratory (Biochemistry Department, University of Cambridge, and now Iontas Ltd). During this time he matured his knowledge of phage display and in vitro selection methods. He was awarded his PhD in 2014. From 2013 till 2015 he worked at the University of Oxford, first as a Research Assistant, then as a Post-Doc. During this period he investigated the effect of anti-ADAMTS-5 antibodies in cell-based and ex-vivo models of osteoarthritis.  He joined the Centre for Haematology at Imperial College in February 2015 as a Post-Doctoral Researcher in Dr. Josefin Ahnström's lab. His current research interests focus on the regulation of ADAMTS proteoglycanase activity in vascular diseases. Due to his contribution in the field, in 2019 he has been awarded by the British Society for Matrix Biology  the Young Investigator Award. He was invited to give the prestigious "John Scott Lecture" at the Autumn 2019 BSMB meeting (Norwich, 9th September 2019).



Martin DR, Santamaria S, Koch CD, et al., 2021, Identification of novel ADAMTS1, ADAMTS4 and ADAMTS5 cleavage sites in versican using a label-free quantitative proteomics approach., Journal of Proteomics, Vol:249, ISSN:0165-022X, Pages:1-8

Santamaria S, Cuffaro D, Nuti E, et al., 2021, Exosite inhibition of ADAMTS-5 by a glycoconjugated arylsulfonamide, Scientific Reports, Vol:11, ISSN:2045-2322

Santamaria S, de Groot R, 2020, ADAMTS proteases in cardiovascular physiology and disease, Open Biology, Vol:10, ISSN:2046-2441, Pages:1-18

Santamaria S, De Groot R, 2020, ADAMTS proteases in cardiovascular physiology and disease: ADAMTS, cardiovascular roles, Open Biology, Vol:10

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