Location: DIBIT1 C1, Floor 1, Room 11a
Group leader, Human hematopoietic development and disease modeling Unit
Andrea started as a Group leader of the Human hematopoietic development and disease modeling Unit at the San Raffaele – Telethon Institute for Gene Therapy in Milan (Italy) in November 2016. After graduating with Dr. Vitiello in 2004 in Medical Biotechniologies at the University of Padua studying antisense oligonucleotide-induced exon skipping as an alternative therapy for Duchenne Muscolar Dystrophy, he moved to Dr. Cavazzana’s laboratory at the Necker Hospital in Paris. He received his PhD in 2008 from the Université Réné Descartes – Paris V on Cellular and Developmental Biology studying fetal hematopoiesis in the mouse embryo, where he found that in the amniotic fluid of the midgestation embryo there is an underappreciated population of fetal hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells. “Thunderstruck” by developmental biology and stem cells, he pursued his post-doctoral studies in Dr. Gordon Keller’s lab at the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine in Toronto, where he studied the differentiation of pluripotent stem cells to model human developmental biology and diseases. During his post-doctoral studies he contributed to seminal papers defining the origin and the mechanisms governing the generation of blood cells during human development, thus building the ideal platform for his future studies aimed at understanding the regulation of normal and pathological hematopoietic development.