Course Features

Language English
Hours 12
Type Lessons


The course aims at giving a general but concrete introduction to what researchers do in life sciences and biomedical laboratories, and how they need to communicate their research to different typologies of audiences.
The Centre for Integrative Biology (CIBIO) of the University of Trento is currently home to about 40 independent research groups (amounting to ~200 scientists), focusing on four broad research areas: Cancer Biology & Genomics; Cell & Molecular Biology; Microbiology & Synthetic Biology; Neurobiology & Development.
This module will comprise a short introductory lecture on the research and outreach activities present at CIBIO, and immersive experiences with CIBIO researchers, in their laboratories.


Michela Alessandra Denti obtained her PhD in Biological Sciences in 1997 from the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy.
Since 2008 she is Principal Investigator of the Laboratory of RNA Biology and Biotechnology at the Centre for Integrative Biology of the University of Trento, Italy, first as Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology (2008 – 2014) and then as Associate Professor of Applied Biology (2014 – present).
Her laboratory has two main research interests: modulation of RNA splicing as a cure for inherited diseases and microRNAs as biomarkers of cancer, cardiac and neurodegenerative diseases.
Research in her laboratory was/is funded by grants from Telethon Italia, the Italian Ministry of Health, the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, and the Autonomous Province of Trento.


Paola Bellosta is an Associate Professor in Genetics @CiBio (University of Trento), an adjunct Associate Professor at the Dept of Medicine and Endocrinology @NYU Langone Medical Center-New York. She graduated in Biology at the University of Milan, and started her career as a scientist in the USA, first at New York University then at Columbia University and returned to Italy in 2014.
Her lab uses Drosophila melanogaster as a model system to study the mechanisms that control cell growth and to dissect the metabolic processes that control cell survival. Her work has been funded by National and International Agencies and published in peer review journals.
She has experience, both in the USA and in Italy, in teaching from basic science to scientific writing, and was always actively involved in the divulgation of Science to the Public, particularly to Students from Middle to High-School and over.