Ilaria Dando, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Prof. Ilaria Dando graduated in Molecular Biotechnology in 2009 and obtained her PhD in Biosciences at University of Verona in 2013. During her PhD course, she experienced abroad in the laboratories of Prof. Lewis Cantley at Harvard University and Prof. David Tuveson at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. 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 and since 2021 she is an Associate Professor in Biochemistry at University of Verona.

She is very passionate in understanding the main metabolic features of cancer stem cells and in the comprehension of the molecular mechanisms that alters the fertile potential in patients with andrological pathologies.

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, Ph.D.



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).

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



Sara received her Master’s Degree in Molecular and Medical Biotechnology at the University of Verona. During the master’s degree, she spent with us 9 months of internship on her thesis project about the differentiation of Gubernacular stem cells into ex-novo Leydig-like cells.

Currently, she is a PhD student in Biomolecular Medicine at the University of Verona and her research project is mainly focalized on the preservation of the fertile potential in pediatric age by generating in vitro new potential functioning testicular cells.

Nunzio Marroncelli

Master's degree trainee

Nunzio is completing his studies of the Master’s Degree in Molecular and medical biotechnology at the University of Verona.

He joins our research group as trainee focused on male infertility research field.

Marta Palmieri



Professor Marta Palmieri has 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 that mainly worked on the study of the effect of several anti-cancer drugs and on the metabolic characterization of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma cells.

She was our leader and she is still our mentor.

Nicola Zampieri, M.D. and Ph.D.



Prof. Nicola Zampieri is an Associate Professor in Pediatric Surgery at University of Verona. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery in 2002 and obtained the Specialization in Pediatric Surgery in 2007. He worked at King’s College Hospital in London, in the context of hepatobiliary and pancreatic diseases, and in 2011 he obtained the PhD in “Gastroenterological Diseases”. In addition to the common surgical pathologies of the pediatric age, he especially deals with malformations of the genitals and pediatric-adolescent andrology.

Since 2020 he has been actively collaborating with the group of Prof.ssa Dando in the study of the molecular alterations of andrological pathologies.

Previous collaborators

Cristian Andrés Carmona Carmona, Ph.D.



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. His PhD project was focused on the study of mitochondrial structure and function of Cancer Stem Cells (CSCs) derived from pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) cell lines.

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