University of Rome “Tor Vergata”
Department of Experimental Medicine
Bldg F, North side, Room F-164
Via Montpellier 1, 00133 Rome
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Francesca Bernassola is professor of Molecular Biology (BIO/11) at the Department of Experimental Medicine of Rome “Tor Vergata” University. She was previously a Research Assistant at the IDI-IRCCS Biochemistry Laboratory. After receiving her PhD Degree in “Epithelia Biology and Physiopatology” at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, she did her postdoctoral training at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA (2001-2003) with Pier Paolo Pandolfi. Her research interests are primarily directed towards studying the molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of the p53 homologues, p73 and p63, as well as the biological functions of this family of transcription factors. Specifically, prof. Bernassola’s group seeks to identify and characterize ubiquitin-dependent pathways controlling p73 stability and transcriptional function. In addition, the role of the p53-like proteins in mammary cancer stem cell biology is under investigation. She has published 42 peer-reviewed papers (total Impact Factor 277.106; Corresponding Author in 5 articles).