Graziano earned a PhD in Genetics and Developmental Biology at the University of Padova and in 2010 moved to Cambridge University to study pluripotency in Austin Smith’s laboratory. In 2014 he moved back to Italy and established his independent research laboratory with the support of the Armenise-Harvard and Telethon foundation. When not busy thinking about pluripotent cells, Graziano likes to play the bass, listen to music and play board games with friends.
Elena obtained her PhD in Genetics and Developmental Biology at the University of Padova. She then studied neurodegenerative diseases using Drosophila melanogaster as a model system at the University of Cambridge, UK. She joined the Martello lab as a postdoctoral researcher in 2014, where she investigates the molecular mechanisms conducting the exit from naive state in mouse embryonic stem cells. She has a passion for travelling and gourmet food.
Riccardo joined the Martello lab as a Master student in Medical Biotechnologies in 2014, where he focused mainly on the role of mitochondrial Stat3 in mouse embryonic Stem cells. Subsequently he completed his PhD in 2018 in Regenerative medicine, and he is now a Post Doc in Martello Lab where he studies the interaction between DNA methylation and metabolism in Mouse Pluripotent Stem Cells. Riccardo has a passion for rugby, beard and beer.
Irene completed her Bachelor and Master degree in Molecular Biology at the University of Padova. She initially joined the Martello lab as a master student, working on a method for efficient derivation of human naïve iPSCs directly from somatic cells using a microfluidic system. She then obtained her PhD in Martello lab studying the role of TGF-beta pathway in human pluripotent stem cells. Now, she works on 3D cultures of human pluripotent stem cells. She likes reading books, cooking and harvesting wild herbs.
Mattia obtained his bachelor's degree in Biomolecular sciences and technologies at the University of Trento and master's degree in Medical Biotechnologies at the university of Padua. During his undergraduate studies he developed interest in developmental biology and bioinformatics. He joined the Martello lab in 2016 as a master student where he sought to combine his interests into an interdisciplinary master's thesis aimed at dissecting the human pluripotency gene regulatory network utilizing computational modelling. He started a PhD in Regenerative Medicine in 2017, following up on the same topic. He is fond of photography, hiking, swimming and pokémon.
Linda earned a bachelor's degree in Biotechnology and a master's Degree in Medical Biotechnologies at the University of Padova. She joined the Martello lab for her master's thesis in 2018, when she began to explore the crosstalk between metabolism and epigenetics in mouse embryonic stem cells. She started a PhD in Molecular Medicine in 2019, following up on the same research path. She is passionate about visual arts and criminology, and she enjoys playing volley.
Anna graduated in Biotechnology at the University of Padova and carried out her Master's thesis at the Global Institute for Food Security (Canada) working on plant reproduction and evolutionary genomics. After graduation, she earned a scholarship at the Laboratory of Genomics for Breeding (DAFNAE department, University of Padova). She joined the Martello lab as a PhD student in Molecular Medicine in 2019. The aim of her research project is to discover novel therapeutic targets for a neurodegenerative disorder, the Huntington's disease, through a genome-wide screening in pluripotent stem cells followed by in vivo validation in Zebrafish and mouse models. In her spare time she enjoys hiking with her dogs, snowboarding and photography.
Martina obtained her bachelor degree in Biotechnology at the University of Padova. She joined the Martello lab as a Master Student of Medical Biotechnologies. Here she studies the characterization of early differentiation in mES cells by using 3D in vitro models of self organization. She likes travelling, reading detective novels, dancing and listening to music.
Andrea graduated in Biotechnology at the University of Udine. He then moved to Padova to attend a Master Degree in Medical Biotechnology. He is currently doing his thesis internship at Martello’s lab, in which he seeks to optimize cell culture media for human naive ES cells. He loves lifting weights in the gym.
Elena obtained her Bachelor degree in Biotechnology at the University of Bologna. She joined the Martello lab as a Master student of Molecular Biology in 2020, where she studies the role of Polycomb complexes in the differentiation of murine ES cells. She has a passion for photography and travelling.
Marco Pellegrini, Post-doctoral fellow, 2014-2019 (now at UCL, London, UK)
Giorgia Ferlazzo, Ph.D. student, 2014-2019 (now at INGM, Milan, Italy)
Valentina Perrera, Post-doctoral fellow, 2017-2019 (now at SISSA, Trieste, Italy)
Silvia Angiolillo, master student, 2018-2019 (now at VIMM, Padua, Italy)
Cristina Malucelli, master student, 2017-2018 (now at COPAN WASP, Mantua, Italy)
Stefano Giulitti, Post-doctoral fellow, 2017-2018 (now at UNISMART, Padua, Italy)
Noemi Cannizzaro, graduate fellow, 2019-2020
Irene Paolucci, graduate fellow, 2019-2020