Born and Educated in Italy I obtained my doctoral degree at the University of Trieste in 1989. From 1990 to 1995 I have developed technologies for DNA extraction and DNA sequencing at a start-up company, Talent Srl. I moved to Japan in 1995 at RIKEN, Tsukuba Life Science Center as a postdoc to became soon a tenured researcher (1997) working to develop technologies to capture full-length cDNAs, which were later broadly used in projects like the Fantom. From 2008 I became a Team Leader, a Unit Leader and a Deputy Project Director at the RIKEN Omics Science Center in Yokohama. I have developed technologies to analyze the transcriptome, including the CAGE technology. These technologies have been broadly used in the Fantom project, allowing identification of non-coding RNAs as the major output of the mammalian genome and providing the most comprehensive maps of the mammalian transcripts and promoters, broadly used in the ENCODE and the FANTOM projects. From Apri 2013, I became the Director of the Division of Genomic Technologies, Deputy Center Director at RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies. In the new division, I am coordinating research teams developing the next generation of technologies to to broadly study life sciences. We want to address biological problems that could not be studied before, such as the study of homogeneous or heterogeneous cell populations. I have published >200 papers
Awards: 2001: Biotec Award, first prize for Italian biotechnologists under 40
2007: Yamazaki-Teiichi award for Biological Science and technology: http://www.mst.or.jp/prize/2007/bio_en.html
2010: RIKEN Omics Science Center Oscaward 2009 for the development of the CAGE technology: http://www.osc.riken.jp/english/outline/award/2009/
2011: RIKEN Omics Science Center Oscaward 2010 for the successful completion of the Fantom 4: http://www.osc.riken.jp/english/outline/award/2010/
2012: NISTEP award, http://www.nistep.go.jp/wp/wp-content/uploads/nicestep-press2012.pdf
Specialties: Development of technologies to analyze genes, genomes and transcription. Managing research teams and groups; patenting biotechnology inventions.
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