Claudia Di Biagio
Primary Supervisor: Dr Clara Boglione
Claudia Di Biagio obtained a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degree in Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Heidelberg (Germany).
SCIENTIFIC WORK EXPERIENCE
Claudia has highly interdisciplinary research experience involving both industry and academia. During her Bachelor Thesis at the German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ) she used nematodes as models in order to elucidate the mechanisms of paternal mitochondria degradation. After the thesis Claudia continued her scientific career and conducted a research internship in Protein Crystallography at the University of Heidelberg working on the determination of viral capsid protein structure. She went on to improve her bioinformatics skills at the University of Naples in collaboration with the Centre for Genetic Engineering (CEINGE) working on developing a module for a distributed computing system designed by Prof. Dr. Paolella and his collaborators/PhD students.
One of her goals as a researcher is to be involved in developing novel solutions that will help improve the standard of living for patients in a medical setting. Therefore, Claudia devoted her career to finding internships that focus on patient-related applications that also employ cutting-edge technologies. She worked at Roche Diagnostics in Penzberg (Germany) developing a second-generation immunoassay to detect Alzheimer’s.
She then she moved to California to work at the University of Berkeley to learn the secrets of gene editing with CRISPR-Cas9.
After her internship at Berkley she returned to Germany to study the role of microtubules in the parasite Plasmodium falciparum and the effects in the spreading of infectious malaria. During her Master’s Thesis she also worked as a Student Trainee at Octapharma Biopharmaceuticals investigating the expression of blood clotting factors.
Her passion to work in the interface between fundamental and applied biology, her love to tackle unanswered questions and apply them to solve problems, her “aquatic” Italian roots lead her to become a PhD in the BiomedAqu doctoral research program beginning in November 2018. After having worked with C. elegans and Mus musculus, Claudia will now turn her attention to Danio rerio and Oryzias latipes, which are both useful fish models used to elucidate our understanding of skeletal anomalies in teleosts and humans.
Claudia has always been a very curious child and while growing up she realized how thrilling it is to find your own answers to questions and discover things that were previously unknown, consequently leading to her career as a biologist. This passion for science coupled with the will to spread scientific knowledge are the fundamental reasons why she gets so much enjoyment from mentoring and teaching. During her M.Sc. she had the opportunity to mentor Bachelor students, answering their biology questions and teaching them various lab techniques. During her stay in Berkeley she was a teaching assistant for the CRISPR-Cas9 workshop 2016 organized by Prof. Dr. Dana Carroll.
Claudia has volunteer experience with the organization AFS which was an Intercultural Program to promote interaction and exchange between people from different cultural and social backgrounds. She speaks Italian, English, German and a bit of French.