Principal Investigator - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
After graduating in Biotechnology for Health (110/110) and obtaining a master’s degree in Medical Biotechnology (Cum laude and career mention) at the University “Federico II” of Naples, Velia got a PhD in Human Genetics at the TIGEM in Naples. In 2012 she moved to Boston where she worked as a Postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Bioengineering and at the MIT Synthetic Biology Center. In 2015, after winning a scholarship for young independent researchers from Imperial College London University, Velia moved to London where she began an independent line of research in the Department of Medicine. In September 2017 Velia was recruited by the IIT with the Tenure Track programme. In IIT Velia develops a new line of research, Synthetic and Systems Biology for Biomedicine. She has published in high-profile scientific journals such as “Nature Communications and Nature Biotechnology”. She is co-inventor of 1 patent (MIT), has been a speaker at 13 conferences and is a member of the scientific committee for the summer school of Synthetic and Systems Biology and for the conference of Cell Therapies + Bioengineering. Velia is also Review Editor in Nanobiotechnology (Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences, Bioengineering and Biotechnology and Materials). The awards include two scholarships for worthy students, a scholarship for young independent researchers, Imperial Research Fellowship, a Proof-of-Concept grant, Synbicite (UK), the MIT Italia Young Innovators Award (2018), and the Galilei Award, 2032 Rotary International (2018). Velia is also a partner in a FET-Open grant (European). Velia Siciliano was born in Naples on 4-March-1983.