Postdoctoral Fellows and Associates
Ph.D. University of Rome/Sapienza
Thesis: Common fragile sites: structure, replication and their role in chromosome instability
Advisor: Franca Pelliccia
American-Italian Cancer Foundation 2011-2012
The role of TRF1 is mediating telomere replication.
Ph.D. The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, UK. 2008
Thesis: Mechanisms Responding to DNA Double Strand Breaks During S-Phase
Advisor: Prof. Marco Foiani
Merck Fellowship 2010-2011
Life Sciences Research Foundation 2011-2014
The role of t-loops in telomere biology.
Ph.D. New York University, New York, 2008
Thesis: The JmjC-domain Containing Histone Demethylases KDM2A and KDM2B are Transcriptional Repressors of RNA Molecules Encoded by DNA Repeats
Advisor: Dr. Michele Pagano
American Cancer Society Fellowship 2010-2012
The molecular role of TIN2 in dyskeratosis congenita
PhD UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, 2006
Thesis: Mechanistic dissection of Insig-1, a master regulator of cholesterol homeostasis.
Advisors: Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Joseph Goldstein
Anderson Cancer Center Postdoctoral Fellowship 2007-2009
DNA damage response.
PhD: Shizuoka University, 2007
Thesis: The novel role of fission yeast RPA in telomere maintenance.
Advisor: Dr. Masaru M UenoS, Shizuoka University, 2004
DNA damage and the relationship between telomere structure and cell cycle.
Research Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science 2006
Toyobo Biotechnology Foundation Fellowship 2008
PhD: ETH Zurich, 2010
Thesis: Biochemical characterization of KIAA1018/FAN1, a novel endonuclease involved in interstrand cross-link repair
Advisor: Dr. Josef Jiricny
EMBO Long-Term Fellowship 2012-2013
Mechanistic insights into repression of ATR signaling at telomeres by shelterin.
Francisca Alessandra Lottersberger
PhD: University of Milano-Bicocca, 2008
Thesis: Functions of Saccharomyces cerevisiae 14-3-3 proteins in cell cycle regulation and DNA metabolism
Advisor: Dr. Maria PIa Longhese
Women & Science Fellowship 2008-2009
Identification of new factors involved in DNA damage response and telomere maintenance.
Helena Rubinstein Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D. Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN, 2009
Thesis: Replication Dependent Mechanisms of Genome Maintenance
Advisor: Dr. David Cortez
Anderson Cancer Center Postdoctoral Fellowship 2010-2011
Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Foundation 2011-2014
Telomeric inhibition of DNA damage response signaling.
Ph.D. University of Fribourg, Switzerland, 2010
Thesis: Molecular functions of the mammalian clock component PERIOD2
Advisor: Urs Albrecht
Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship, 2011-2012
Regulation of PARP1 activity at telomeres.
Research Assistant Professor
PhD: The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Science, 1995
Thesis: Studies on the regulatory mechanisms for the initiation of sperm motility in marine and freshwater teleosts.
Advisor: Dr. Masaaki Morisawa
Regulation of PIKKs by Tel2
Post Doctoral Fellowships/Awards:
Charles H. Revson Fellowship 2002-2003
BS in Biology, Haverford College, Haverford, PA 2005
Thesis: Characterizing S. cerevisiae strains Sch9as, ∆KKQ8 and ∆CRF1
M.S., Hunter College of the City University of New York, 2006
Animal Technician II
Foreign Research Interns
Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic