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Paola Valentini


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Non-coding RNAs and RNA-based therapeutics


IIT Central Research Labs Genova


Via Morego 30
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Paola Valentini obtained her M.Sc. (full marks) in Medicinal Chemistry from University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 2005. During her Master Degree, she spent two years abroad in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry of Utrecht University (The Netherlands), studying the interactions between multivalent molecules, in the group of Prof. Rob Liskamp. She then moved to Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, where she obtained her PhD (70/70 cum laude) in Molecular Biology and worked as a research assistant until 2010, investigating the interaction between HIV-1 integrase and cellular acetyl-transferases. After a brief experience in the Regulatory sector of a multinational pharmaceutical company (Sanofi-Aventis), she obtained a Master in International Business (MIB) from “La Cattolica” University in Milan. In 2012 she started working as a post-doc in Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia – Center for Biomolecular Biotechnology, in Arnesano (Lecce). Since September 2015, she moved to IIT Central Research Labs in Genova, where she is presently working as a researcher. She has tutored several PhD and master degree students and is the author/coauthor of 18 peer-reviewed publications and 7 patents.


  • SMARTNANOPHARMA, Cluster Tecnologici Regionali per l’Innovazione, Regione Puglia, 2015-2017. Role in the project: Work Package Leader.
  • NanoMAX, Progetto Bandiera MIUR, 2012-2016. Role in the Project: Task Leader.
  • NanoReg, EU project, 7th Framework Programme.  Role in the Project: collaborator on work package 2.


SmartCup Liguria 2016 - 1st prize. Spin-off project Nanochrome

SmartCup Liguria 2016 - Life Science category prize. Spin-off project Nanochrome

Best Talk Award at ISN2A 2014, International Symposium on Nanoparticles/Nanomaterials and Applications, 20th - 22nd January 2014 - Lisbon, Portugal

Best Poster Award at THINC 2010, Targeting HIV Integration Co-factors, 1st -2nd April 2010, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pise, Italy.


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