Valeria Manuelli

Pathway 1+3

Cohort 2016

1+3 Student

I graduated from Sapienza University of Rome with a BSc in Biotechnology and a MSc in Medical Biotechnology. There, I worked on a project aimed to acquire more detailed information on human evolution and the MSY phylogeny through the study of the human Y-chromosome variability.

I carried out my master’s internship within Erasmus Program at the Dept. of Nuclear Medicine, UMCG, The Netherlands, where I participated in two different projects aimed to improving cancer and inflammation monitoring process through development of a novel IL-2-based radiopharmaceutical.

During these years, I enjoyed the academic environment, its intellectual freedom and the continue collaboration between experts in different fields, which I experienced first-hand during my internships. I decided to pursue a PhD as this is the best way to keep learning, researching and discovering within the field I love the most. It is an opportunity to develop my personal and professional skills and, most of all, to contribute to the scientific progress.

The MRC DTP PhD programme offers a wide-ranged training, including workshops and seminars, modern facilities and advanced technologies which are key in creating a stimulating and innovative research environment. The broad variety of projects available allowed me to work in scientific areas I never experienced before, connecting with high quality researchers from all over the world.

Rotation Projects:

1. The roles of Collectin-11 in immune regulation and allograft rejection (Dr Wuding Zhou, Dr Steven Sacks. MRC Centre for Transplantation)

2. Molecular targeting of prostate cancer invasion (Dr Claire Wells, Dr Sarah Rudman. Division of Cancer studies: cancer cell biology and imaging)

3. Identification of therapeutic targets for the treatment of severe skin autoinflammation (Dr Francesca Capon, Dr Catherine Smith. St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Division of Genetics and Molecular Medicine)