Ilaria Dando, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Ilaria obtained her PhD in Biosciences at University of Verona in 2013. During her PhD course she experienced abroad in Lewis Cantley and David Tuveson labs. She was post-doctoral fellow in Marta Palmieri lab for five years, also thanks to two-years fellowship granted by “Fondazione Umberto Veronesi”. Since 2018 she has set her laboratory with the initial support of her mentor (Marta Palmieri).

She is very passionate in understanding the main metabolic features of cancer stem cells and in the comprehension of the molecular mechanisms underlying male infertility.

Elisa Dalla Pozza, Ph.D.

Lab manager


Elisa obtained her PhD in Oncologic Human Pathology at the University of Verona in 2008. She was post-doctoral fellow in Marta Palmieri lab for twelve years, and during this period she was titular the research fellowship funded by Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro (AIRC). From 2020 she is laboratory technician. She studied the effect and the molecular mechanism of many anti-tumoral compounds in pancreatic adenocarcinoma cell lines in vitro e in vivo also through the use of nanotechnological approaches. In the last years she has been involved in the study of pancreatic cancer stem cells with particular regard to characterization of the molecular mechanisms.

Giulia Ambrosini



Giulia received her Master’s Degree in Bioinformatics and Medical Biotechnology; then, she started her PhD program in Biomolecular Medicine at the University of Verona where she investigates the properties of Cancer Stem Cells derived from different PDAC cell lines. She is interested in studying biochemical features of these cells, in order to target the mechanism that determine the origin of CSCs, whose metabolic plasticity could be exploited for the generation of promising and selective therapeutic approaches for PDAC patients.

She is an elected member of the scientific committee of SIB (Società Italiana di Biochimica e Biologia Molecolare) and she was recently appointed as Italian Representative of FEBS junior (Federation of European Biochemical Societies).

Cristian Andrés Carmona Carmona



Cristian received his Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology at the University of Antioquia, Colombia. Then finished his Master’s degree in Biomedical Research at the University of Valladolid, Spain. Currently, he is a third year PhD student in Biomolecular Medicine at the University of Verona. Main areas of his research are mitochondrial function of Cancer Stem Cells (CSCs) and the study of new strategies to inhibit the cellular proliferation of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), with particular attention on the molecular mechanisms of chemoresistance in tumors. 

Andrea Errico



Andrea received his Master’s Degree in Biomolecular and Cell Sciences at the University of Ferrara; immediately after graduation he continued the study project on Neurofibromatosis started during the pre-graduate internship period at the University of Padua. Also at the same university he received a grant for a research project on the study of the role of autophagy in primary and secondary liver tumors.  

Currently, he is a PhD student in Biomolecular Medicine at the University of Verona and his research project is focalized on male infertility.

Sara Vinco

Undergraduate Trainee

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Sara is an undergraduate student at the University of Verona majoring in Molecular and medical biotechnology.

David Alejandro Fonseca Carrera

Undergraduate Trainee

Coming soon

David Alejandro is an undergraduate student at the University of Verona majoring in Molecular and medical biotechnology.

Marta Palmieri



Professor Marta Palmieri is a senior scientist with a long-standing experience in biochemistry and molecular biology, both in research and didactic fields, achieved in italian and foreigner institutions. She has been leader of a research group since decades as demonstrated by several papers published in high impact peer-reviewed. Her most recent research experience concerns: i) the identification of innovative strategies to inhibit pancreatic adenocarcinoma cell proliferation in vitro and in vivo models, including the use of nano-vectors; ii) studies of mechanisms regulating autophagy, apoptosis, and ROS generation; iii) the transcriptional regulation of genes and epigenetic modifications; iv) molecular analyses of altered protein functions in cancer; v) proteomic and metabolomic analyses in pancreatic adenocarcinoma cells; vi) studies on the role of cancer stem cells in the development of pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Marta Palmieri has established on-going collaborations with several national and international institutions in the field of cancer research.

She was our leader, and she is still our mentor.

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