Children's Title: Research Scientist III
Research Center: Center for Integrative Brain Research
I learned what Genetics was at a young age because my family was struggling to get a diagnose for one of my close relatives. I wanted to directly understand why it was so complicated to get a definitive diagnosis, and how that could help in choosing a proper treatment. As a researcher, my goal is to find solutions - and possibly a cure - to complex neurodevelopmental disorders in order to ameliorate our patients' quality of life.
Milena Pirozzi, Ph.D., pursued her studies between Italy, Belgium and USA.
After her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics (Catholic University of Rome, Italy), she perfectioned her skills on induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and human neuronal models during her postdoctoral training at KU Leuven first and at Case Western Reserve University then. Her studies started with a focus on intellectual Disability and fragile X Syndrome, but expanded to neurodevelopmental disorders.
Milena joined CIBR in April 2018 with the aim of bringing her expertise in iPSCs, neuronal models and genome editing to study neurodevelopmental disorders in collaboration with other scientists. She is now concentrating on brain congenital abnormalities such as microcephaly and macrocephaly.
The long term goal of her research is to better understand genetic causes of neurodevelopmental disorders in order to develop efficient and personalized treatments.
She loves neurogenetics, but she also loves music, arts and spending time with her husband Antonio and their son Dario.
Dr. Pirozzi focuses on generating neuronal models for neurodevelopment disorders, including microcephaly and macrocephaly (MIC/MAC). She generates induced pluripotent stem cells from patients? cells in order to study the molecular mechanisms leading to these two phenotypes. Her aims are to (1) identify genetic causes for primary and syndromic Mic/Mac (2) better define their neuronal pathophysiology using two-dimensional and three-dimensional in vitro models (3) identify candidate targets for drug screening and personalized treatments.
Seattle Children's Research Institute
JMB - 10 - Integrative Brain Research
1900 9th Ave
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