Gabriella Minchiotti received her Ph.D. degree in molecular and cellular genetics in 1997 from the University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy. During her doctoral and postdoctoral studies, she has worked in prestigious national and international research centers, such as the European Institute of Oncology in Milan, Italy, the ENS in Paris, France, and the VIB in Leuven, Belgium, enriching her developmental and cell biology background. Over the years, Minchiotti has acquired knowledge in project management and coordination, acting as principal investigator of both national and international projects as well as EU networks. She has also served as reviewer for a variety of international grant applications. She has organized or coorganized international conferences on different subjects in embryo development, stem cells, and cell migration in development and disease as well as the Annual Stem Cell Differentiation Training Course at IGB “ABT”, which has reached its 7th edition in 2012. Michiotti has worked in the field of developmental and stem cell biology over the last ten years. She is co-coordinator of the Stem Cell Fate Laboratory (http://www.igb.cnr.it/scfl/) at IGB “ABT”, which started in 2004 with the aim of developing new strategies to improve the use of stem cell therapy for degenerative disorders. Minchiotti's current research focuses on the molecular basis of pluripotency and differentiation of stem cells. Her main interest is to understand how to direct stem cell differentiation along specific pathways, emphasizing derivation of functional differentiated cells from pluripotent stem cells and their potential application. In addition to investigating the fundamental biology of stem cells, Minchiotti is developing molecular tools to improve the use of these cells in regenerative medicine. Minchiotti's research interest is also focused on skeletal muscle stem cells and skeletal muscle regeneration.
Biography Updated on 4 November 2012