Lucia Altucci studied Medicine & Surgery at Federico II University of Naples, Italy. After obtaining a Specialization degree in Medical Oncology and a PhD degree in molecular and cellular Pathology, she worked as Assistant and later as Associate Professor at the Second University of Naples, Italy. She has been Post-Doc scientist both at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) in London, UK and at the ‘Institut de Génétique et de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire’ (IGBMC) in Strasbourg, France. She is currently Professor of General Pathology and Rector’s delegate for Research & Innovation at University of Campania ‘Luigi Vanvitelli’ in Naples, Italy.
Lucia’s research interests are in: translational medicine (particularly on genome and epigenome deregulation in cancer), stemness, differentiation, cell death processes, and the application of epigenome-based drug discovery approaches in human diseases.
Marianne Rots studied Medical Biology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. After obtaining a PhD degree in Medical Oncology in 2000 at the VU Medical Center Amsterdam, she has been a postdoctoral scientist at the Gene Therapy Center of the University of Alabama in Birmingham, AL, USA. In 2001, she was recruited as an Assistant Professor to co-establish the Department of Therapeutic Gene Modulation, School of Pharmacy at the University of Groningen, NL. Appointed as an Associate Professor in 2007, she joined the Department of Pathology and Medical Biology, University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands where she currently is Full Professor of Molecular Epigenetics.
Marianne also serves as a vice-chair of the EU H2020 COST Action CM1406 (www.EpiChemBio.eu) and chairs the Program Committee of the Master BioMedical Sciences and Medical Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Groningen. She pioneered epigenetic editing approaches to rewrite epigenetic marks at a given genomic location, allowing to functionally validate epigenetic mutations and to translate these into precision therapeutic targets: “towards the curable epigenome”.