Irene Bozzoni is Full Professor of Molecular Biology at the "Sapienza" University of Rome since 1994. She joined the University of Rome in 1980 after her postdoctoral training at the Molecular Biology Institute of the University of Zurich. At present she is director of the “Sapienza School for Advanced Studies" and of the “Master Degree in Genetics and Molecular Biology” at the same University. She also attended several institutional committees such as the one of the “Experts for the Research Policy” (CEPR), consultant of the of the Italian Ministry of University and Research (2010-2013). She is member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and of the "Academia Europaea”. Her research has focused for many years on the study of biosynthesis and function of non coding RNAs in cell differentiation in normal and pathological conditions. Several miRNA and long non coding RNA-dependent circuitries controlling muscle and neuronal differentiation were identified as well as their deregulation in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. More recently, she has extended these studies to the role of circular RNAs. For her studies, she was awarded of two prizes from the “Accademia dei Lincei” in 2003 and 2006. In 2014 she was awarded of an ERC-Advanced Grant. She is author of more than 130 publications on peer-review international journals and of 8 patents, 3 of which have been licensed to the industry. One received the “Orphan Drug” designation from EMEA.
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