Ilenia Bagnano

PhD supervisors: Prof. Giuseppe Legname, Laboratory of Prion Biology and Silvia Onesti, PhD, Structural Biology Laboratory

Summary of carrier/studies:

I got my Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences and my Master's Degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology. During my thesis internship, I worked on pathological prion protein and in particular on developing strategies to remove soluble prions from blood and plasma destined for transfusions. Today I am a PhD student in Functional and Structural Genomics at SISSA and I am working in the Structural Biology Laboratory at Elettra - Sincrotrone in Trieste, under the supervision of Dr. Silvia Onesti. Our research is mainly centered on the structural characterization of proteins and protein complexes involved in the process of DNA replication and DNA repair in eukaryotic cells. I am currently focusing on the biochemical characterization of the human RecQ4 helicase and its putative involvement in R-loops metabolism.