Carmen Falcone

Carmen Falcone

PhD student in Functional and Structural Genomics, IV year

I got my Bachelor’s Degree in General and Applied Biology at the University of Naples in 2010, where I first became closer to molecular biology. As I was interested in the study of the nervous system, I moved to Trieste, where I got my Master’s Degree in Neuroscience in 2012. During the training for my Master’s thesis in the laboratory held by professor Mallamaci, I discovered an increasing interest in the field of developmental neurobiology, and more specifically in the cerebral cortex development. That’s why I was enthusiastic to continue my research in this field during my PhD studies.

I am currently working in the genetic control of cortico-cerebral astrogenesis. In particular, I am studying specific transcription factors influencing the fate of cortico-cerebral neural stem cells in mouse, both in vitro and in vivo. I recently became interested in the study of molecular mechanisms at the basis of specific pathological states, such as the epilepsy syndrome called “West syndrome” and the glioblastoma tumors. Indeed, I believe that basic research aimed at understanding the way the nervous system physiologically develops and works is essential to understand diseases too.

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