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Stefano Gustincich

Researcher - Principal Investigator
Associate Director for Technologies for Life Sciences, Director of the Central RNA Laboratory

Research Line

Non-coding RNAs and RNA-based therapeutics


IIT Central Research Labs Genova


Via Enrico Melen 83, Genova
+39 010 2897 620


Stefano Gustincich is Associate Director for “Technologies for Life Science (LifeTech)” and Director of the "Central RNA Lab” at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Genova, Italy.

He is Director of the “Centro per la Medicina Personalizzata Preventiva e Predittiva – CMP3”, Aosta, Italy and Full Professor in Applied Biology in “leave of absence” from the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste.

After his training in Biology, he obtained his PhD degree in Molecular Genetics & Biotechnology at SISSA, Trieste. In 1993, he was awarded a long-term EMBO fellowship to join the Department of Neurobiology of Harvard Medical School, Boston (USA) where in 1998 he was appointed Instructor in Neurobiology. In 2003, he was granted the “Career Developmental Award” by “The Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation” to found the Laboratory of Neurogenomics at SISSA where he became Associate Professor. In 2011, he was awarded the National Prize for Innovation in Biotechnology. He recently wrote the masterplan for the Center of Neurogenomics at the Human Technopole, a new genomic research center in Milano, Italy.

His research interests concern the biology of the non-coding portion of the genome, the so-called “Junk DNA”. He recently discovered the SINEUPs, a new functional class of antisense long noncoding RNAs able to increase translation of their sense gene.

He is the co-founder of TranSINE Therapeutics, a start-up located in Cambridge, UK.


Honors and Awards

2011                            1st prize (out of 2500 participants) with the PARKscreen project, Working Capital National Award (Italian national prize for Innovation in biotechnology).

2011                            1st prize with the PARKscreen project, Start Cup Regional Competition (Italian Region Friuli Venezia Giulia business plan competition).

2003                            The Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation career development award.

2002                            Charles A. King Trust, The Medical Foundation fellowship award.

1994                            European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) long-term fellowship.

1992                           Area Science Park award for young scientists involved in biotechnology research, Trieste, Italy.

1989                            Antonio Marzullo award for best BS thesis of the year in Biological Sciences, Trieste, Italy.


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