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Maria Bottaro

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Maria Bottaro is a PhD student at the Department of Biotechnologies, University of Siena, Italy. She obtained her master’s degree in Health Biology at the University of Siena in 2015. She also attended the fertility and reproductive medicine laboratory from 2015 to 2016, focusing her research on female tumors and oncogenetic mechanisms. She works in the laboratory of experimental oncology and biomedical techniques headed by Professor Antonio Giordano, since 2017. She started an internship that led to admission in the PhD program in “Genetics, Oncology and Clinical Medicine “ at the Department of Biotechnologies, University of Siena. Her research activity is mainly focused on the functional dissection of the mechanisms underlying cell cycle deregulation in mesothelioma, a rare cancer of the pleura with a dismal prognosis. The aim of her research is the identification of biomarkers that can help the clinician in choosing the best therapy moving forward the development of a personalized medicine for mesothelioma patients. Dr. Bottaro is also dedicated in the research of new pharmacologically exploitable targets for mesothelioma treatment as well as the development of in vitro models of pulmonary diseases, in collaboration with the thoracic surgery unit in Siena, starting from patients’ tissues specimens. She also works as tutor for the students affiliated with Temple University's Siena Summer Research Program. She has trained younger students on the principles of a research project’s workflow. 

Position Title: 
PhD student in Genetics, Oncology and Clinical Medicine
Department: 
Department of Biotechnologies, University of Siena, Italy
Academic Specialty: 
Cancer Research
Education: 
MS in Health Biology, University of Siena, 2015