Maria Felicia Faienza
Dr. Faienza graduated with a degree in medicine (cum laude), specialised in pediatrics (cum laude) from the University of Bari. She has been awarded a research grant for three years to study the molecular basis of hematological diseases and particularly diseritropoietic anemia. She won several scholarships (national, CNR, AIRC, Telethon) and has taken part, as scientist in charge, in a number of CNR- ACRO pediatric oncology research projects. She worked with the hematology laboratory of the Department of Clinical Medicine of Developmental age at the University of Cagliari, collaborating in oncological research projects. Since the 1994 she started an extensive research work into the molecules of genes responsible for controlling the cell cycle in solid tumours and pediatric leukaemia. Since the 2005 she has been working as researcher in Pediatrics at the faculty of Medicine of Bari University and conducting research on pediatric endocrinology. In particular she has been carrying out diagnostic assessments of rare diseases (Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Noonan Syndrome) and research on pediatric endocrinopathy. Research carried out deals with the role of Insulin-like growth factors and transmission molecules of intracellular signals in children with short stature born small for gestational age, in idiopathic short stature and syndromic short stature. Further research also deals with the study of thrombotic risk factors in obese children and adolescents, with the study of osteoclastogenesis in children affected by Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia and finally with the study of genes involved in certain genetic syndromes. Dr Faienza published a number of studies. She is a lecturer in Pediatrics at the faculty of Medicine and at curses in Dental Hygiene and Physiotherapy, at University of Bari. She is also a lecturer in Pediatrics auxology and Pediatrics adolescentology at the School of Specialization in Pediatrics, at University of Bari.
Biography Updated on 18 October 2012