Piergiorgio Modena was born in Bologna, Italy April 3rd 1971. He obtained his 5-years lauream degree in Biological Sciences and subsequently graduated cum laude at the Scuola di Specializzazione (PhD equivalent 4-years post-lauream school of specialization) in Medical Genetics. Since 2009, he is permanent staff member at the Experimental Oncology Unit 1, in Aviano National Cancer Institute (Italy). During the last years, he dedicated to basic and translational research in oncology. Research activities deal with human solid tumors, particularly sarcomas and pediatric brain tumors, and are aimed at i) the molecular characterization of novel cancer genes involved in these neoplasms; ii) the identification of novel molecular markers for patient stratification for diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic purposes. He has a deep theoretical knowledge and practical experience in laboratory management, particularly in the areas of molecular and cell biology, and in the use of nanotechnologies and bioinformatic approaches. In 2002, he was visiting scientist at the Department of Human Genetics, University of Njimegen, Netherlands, Microarray facility lab. Grants: PI, AIRC (Italian Association for Cancer Research) 2011-2013 “Identification of microRNA biomarkers in body fluids of rare cancer patients”. PI, AIRC 2009-2011 “Definition of YAP1-mediated oncogenic signalling”. Group leader, Fondazione Neuroblastoma Onlus 2006-09 “Progetto Pensiero: deregulated developmental pathways in ependymoma”. Group leader, AIRC Interregional Grant 2004-09 “Comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of pediatric intracranial ependymoma”. PI, Fondazione Mariani Onlus 2003-05 “Developmental signalling pathways in pediatric brain cancer”. In 2006 he received the “C. Nicoletti award” by AIEOP for the research studies on pediatric tumors. In 2007 he received the “Young Researcher Award for traslational studies” by Fondazione Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Milano.
Biography Updated on 26 August 2012