Silvia Russo

Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Italy

Silvia Russo received a degree in biology in 1988 from the University of Milan and the Ph.D. degree in medical genetics in 1998 from the same university. Since 19995, Russo has been a Coordinator of Molecular Genetics area in the Cytogenetic and Molecular Genetic Laboratory of Istituto Auxologico Italiano under direction of Professor Lidia Larizza. She manages diagnosis and research activity on specific rare diseases (X-linked mental retardation, Fragile X and Rett syndromes, Angelman/Prader-Willi syndrome, Beckwith-Wiedemann, and Silver Russell and Cornelia de Lange syndromes ). She is a Member of SIGU (Società Italiana Genetica Umana); Scientific Committee for AIBWS (parents’ association of Beckwith-Wiedemann), ORSA (parents’ association of Angelman syndrome), and AIR (parents’ association for Rett syndrome). Since 2010, she has been a Member of the committee for quality control of ISS. In 1988–1994, Russo was a Fellow and Biologist at the Molecular Biology Lab of the Regional Center for Cystic Fibrosis (Milano), involved in the research of candidate gene CFTR and then in the mutational screening of large patients’ cohorts to analyze genotype-phenotype correlations. In 1991, she set up the genetic screening of FMR1 gene triplet expansion for fragile X Italian families patients attending to a European multicentric study coordinated by Dr. JL Mandel, Strasbourg (France). Russo's main fields of interest are imprinting disorders and neurodevelopmental diseases. Her group's research activity aims at the comprehension of genetic/epigenetic factors modulating the phenotypic expression and disclosure of novel candidate genes advantaged by the use of whole genome approaches. The active cooperation with parents’ associations allowed to recruit biological sources and clinical information of wide cohort of patients. Russo is also the author of more than 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Biography Updated on 9 September 2012

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