01/03/2017 - 12:00 - Auditori PRBB

Studying cell reprogramming from the nanoscale structure of genes to tissue regeneration

Scientific sessions, CRG Group Leader Seminars

Maria Pia Cosma

Reprogramming and Regeneration Group, Gene Regulation, Stem Cells and Cancer Programme, CRG

Short Biography:
Maria Pia Cosma established her first group by the end of 2003 at TIGEM in Naples and become also EMBO Young Investigator (YIP). From 2004 to 2010 she has been Lecturer at SEMM (European School of Molecular Medicine) and Honorary Associate Investigator at IGB, CNR, Naples from 2009 to 2015. In April 2010 she moved to Barcelona, Spain, at the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG), as Senior Scientist and ICREA Research Professor. She has given many invited talks at major international conferences and Research Institutes. She received several prizes including: Marie Curie Excellence Award in 2005, the honour of Order of Merit of the Italian Republic in 2007 and Barcelona City Prize in 2015. She is ERC Grant awardee, 2009 and HFSP Grant awardee, 2010. She has been elected EMBO Member in 2010.

Our laboratory is studying the mechanisms controlling somatic cell reprogramming and tissue regeneration. In particular, we are studying how the Wnt/β-catenin signalling pathway controls these processes, and how cell-fusion-mediated cellular reprogramming contributes to tissue regeneration and homeostasis. We tackle these questions with different approaches and through different disciplines, which range from the nanoscale level of observation of cell functions, up to the whole mouse organ, such as in the retina, brain and liver.