The Director of the Department of Biomedical Sciences is Ph. D. Daniela Corda.
Below a short curriculum vitae.
Daniela Corda received her Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Perugia, Italy and her Ph.D. in Life Sciences from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. Her Post-doctorate was at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, USA. She has been working at the Consorzio Mario Negri Sud (Italy) as Group-Leader, Head of the Department of Cell Biology and Oncology and Director of R&D until 2009, when she moved to Naples (Italy) as Director of the Institute of Protein Biochemistry of the National Research Council (CNR) in Naples. During this period, she has also served as President of the CNR-Research Area NA1. She is presently Director of the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the CNR.
DC is a cell biologist, her studies have been focused on some molecular aspects of cellular signaling and membrane traffic. DC and her colleagues have pioneered the field of protein mono-ADP-ribosylation by investigating the physiological roles of this reaction; they have determined the components and mechanism of action of a membrane-fission machinery acting in membrane traffic and in the mitotic partitioning of Golgi membranes during the cell cycle; they have discovered and characterized a class of phosphoinositide metabolite relevant for inflammation. In all cases these studies have led to the identification of targets for anticancer and antiinflammatory drugs, which are currently under study. DC has more than 160 publications in peer-reviewed journals. She is member of the editorial board of several journals including EMBO Journal and EMBO reports.
She is permanent member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) and of the Academia Europaea, and she has been, and is, member of several international advisory boards and selection committees (the European Research Council -ERC-, The Federation of the European Biochemical Societies -FEBS-, EMBO, AIRC, among others). Since 2016 she is member of the Steering Committee of the Italy's Life Science Cluster "Alisei".
Since 1998 DC has been also active in science policy focusing on career development and on gender-related issues within European organizations such as the European Life Scientist Organisation (ELSO), the EC Marie Curie Programme, FEBS, EMBO. She is a member of the genSET Science Leaders Panel. She is now the Delegate of Italy for Horizon 2020 (ERC, MSCA, FET Configurations) of the European Commission and is the CoChair of the Board of Funders for the FLAGERA program (FET-H2020).