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Name:
Virginia Brancato
Nacionality: 
ITALY
Position: 
Researchers
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Background: 

I got Bachelor and Master degree in Biotechnology and as ERASMUS student I spent some months in the lab of biochemistry of the University of Liege under the supervision of doctor Tony Collins, working on Psychrophilic xylanases.

Then I got my PhD at the Second University of Naples, starting working on Tumor in 2D and 3D as Sferoids. Then I moved to London working on Influenza Viruses during the 2009 pandemic swine viruses breakthrough.

During the last 4 years I spent my post doc working on 3D cancer model of breast and pancreatic cancer at the university of Naples. Here I developed a 3D tumor model based on coculturing cancer cells and fibroblast on biodegradable gelatin porous microbeads.

Research Area: 

Cancer, 3D tumor model, drug testing, tumor microenvironment, immune system

Project: 

As team member of the Forecast project, my work is focused in the development of a 3D cancer model with drug screening purpose. Breast cancer has been choose as first model, for its peculiar microenvironment, where cancer cells, fibroblasts, endothelial cells, immune system cells interplay, in order to trigger cancer progression.

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