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4th Royan International Summer School


  •  Date: 10-15 August 2013
  • Scientific Manager: Sahar Kiyani, PhD
  • Executive Manager: Leila Daliri, MSc
  • Number of Participants: 328
  • Invited Speakers:

    4-Dr-Luca-Biasco Dr. Luca Biasco
    1997-2003 Medical Biotechnology degree
    2003-2006 Graduate Fellow
    2006-2010 Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology
    2010-2013 Post-Doc fellow
    2013-2016 Project Leader
    2016-2016 Group Leader
    2016-Today Assistant Professor and Senior Research Associate
    13 years professional experience
    Previous International working experiences at
    National Institutes of Health (NIH) (Bethesda,US)
    Nationales Zentrum für Tumorerkrankungen (NCT)
    Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ)(Heidelberg,Germany)
    Lecturer/Teacher experiences:
    Corso di Terapia Genica, Vita-Salute University San Raffaele, Milan, Italy
    Corso di Genetica Medica, Ospedale Pediatrico Bambin Gesù,  Rome, Italy
    Master in Scientific Digital Journalism, SISSA, Trieste, Italy

    4-Dr.Paola-Bonfanti Dr.Paola Bonfanti is currently Principal Investigator at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. She also holds an appointment at the UCL Institute of Immunity and Transplantation and a Secondment at the Francis Crick Institute.
    Paola graduated in Medicine and Surgery with honours from the University of Milan in 2001 and subsequently moved to the Sanford Burnham Institute in La Jolla, California where she worked on neural differentiation of human embryonic stem cells. In 2008 she completed her PhD at the EPFL in Lausanne under the supervision of Prof. Yann Barrandon. Her work demonstrated that thymic epithelial cells have the ability to reconstitute the thymus microenvironment but also all differentiated progeny of skin stem cells (Nature, 2010). This work led to the identification of a multipotent epithelial stem cell in the embryonic, neonatal and also adult thymus.
    In 2010, thanks to an EMBO Long Term Fellowship she moved to the Diabetes Research Centre (DRC) in Brussels to work on pancreas regeneration with a project focusing on the identification of lineage relationship of pancreatic stem/progenitor cells. In 2011 Paola was awarded the Young Investigator Award in Innovative Therapy for Type 1 Diabetes from the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation supported by an unrestricted grant from Roche (EFSD/JDRF/Roche). During her period in Brussels Paola’s research work contributed to several publications focusing on potency of expandable pancreatic progenitors and plasticity of adult acinar cells (EMBOJ, 2013; Nat Biotechnol, 2014; StemCells&Dev, 2015).
    Paola was awarded a UCL Rosetrees Excellence Fellowship in 2013 to pursue her interest in epithelial stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. In 2015 she obtained a Starting grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for her project on thymus biology and in 2016 she was selected as Principal Investigator at the Francis Crick Institute.

    4-Saverio-Tedesco-300x306px Dr Francesco Saverio Tedesco graduated in Medicine and Surgery with honours in 2006 at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy). During and after medical school he was a visiting scientist at the Institut Pasteur (Paris, France) in the laboratory of Professor Shahragim Tajbakhsh, where he studied asymmetric cell division and stem cell self-renewal. He then continued his studies in the laboratory of Professor Giulio Cossu at San Raffaele Scientific Institute (Milan, Italy), where he obtained his PhD in 2010. During his PhD he started a collaboration that launched novel research lines in the aforementioned laboratory, resulting in a publication in a field not previously explored by his supervisor: human artificial chromosomes (HACs; Tedesco FS et al., Sci Transl Med 2011; commentary: Tremblay JP and Frederickson RM, Mol Ther 2011). After his PhD he coupled post-doctoral research in muscle regeneration with clinical practice and training between Italy (San Raffaele Hospital, Milan) and UK (UCL and UCL Hospitals). During this period he led a team of one research assistant and two MSc students to consolidate the research projects developed during his PhD. Additionally, he started to work on another research line not previously explored by his supervisor: pluripotent stem cell-derived myogenesis (Tedesco FS et al., Sci Transl Med 2012; commentary: Vilquin JT, Mol Ther 2012). Moreover, he also became a co-investigator in a first-in-human clinical trial based upon transplantation of donor muscle stem cells for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (EudraCT no. 2001-000176-33).
    he joined UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology in January 2012 as a Senior Research Associate, funded by an MRC Translational Stem Cell Grant on which he was Co-Investigator. In August 2013 he was then appointed Principal Research Associate (starting April 2014) and he established his independent research group.

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