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.