Giuseppe Merla was born in 1970. He obtained his degree in biological sciences by performing a thesis research on Drosophila melanogaster in the laboratory of Professor Gioacchino Palumbo at the University of Bari in 1996. After a one-year stay in the Oncology Laboratory at IRCCS Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza in San Giovanni Rotondo, he joined the TIGEM Institute, headed by Professor Andrea Ballabio in Milan and Naples where he stayed until 2001. He then carried out a postdoctoral stay from 2001 to 2004 with Dr. Alexandre Reymond and Professor Stylianos Antonarakis in the Department of Genetic Medicine and Development at the University of Geneva Medical School. Finally, he moved to the Medical Genetic Unit in San Giovanni Rotondo to lead a research group in May 2004. In 2009, he specialized in medical genetics at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, with the direction of Professor Bruno Dallapiccola. In 2011, he started a Ph.D. program in molecular genetics at the University of Trieste. Since 2009, he heads the Biobank of DNA, RNA, and cell-lines collection from individuals affected by Williams-Beuren syndrome and other genomic disorders. He is mainly interested in the comprehension of the molecular bases of human genetics and genomics diseases such as Kabuki syndrome and Williams-Beuren syndrome and in cancer genetics, with some basic research projects on glioblastoma.
Biography Updated on 27 September 2011