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Veronica studied Biotechnologies for her undergraduate Degree and Cell and Molecular Biology for her Master Degree at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. During the final year of her Master, Veronica spent 11 months working in Tamas Fisher lab at the Heidelberg University Biochemistry Center (BZH) working on a particular RNA surveillance mechanism aimed at degrading meiotic mRNAs during vegetative yeast growth.  

She then moved to the UK and worked on RNA modifications in fruit flies at the University of Birmingham before joining, in 2016, the Anne Willis group to start her PhD on RNA and RNA-binding proteins subcellular localisation. In December 2020, she defended her PhD thesis on the regulation of RNA-binding proteome upon stimulation with insulin. Veronica was then offered a postdoctoral position to continue her research. She is currently working on two projects: a) The PDCD4-bound transcriptome in untransformed epithelial cells and b) The investigation of both delivery and safety of oligonucleotide-based therapies. 


Research interests:

Veronica became interested in RNA and cancer biology, with a specific focus on RNA-bound proteome, protein-bound transcriptome, and data analysis. 



Key publications: 

Pizzinga, Mariavittoria, Robert F. Harvey, Gavin D. Garland, Ryan Mordue, Veronica Dezi, Manasa Ramakrishna, Aristeidis Sfakianos, et al. ‘The Cell Stress Response: Extreme Times Call for Post-Transcriptional Measures’. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. RNA 11, no. 3 (May 2020): e1578.

Queiroz, Rayner M. L., Tom Smith, Eneko Villanueva, Maria Marti-Solano, Mie Monti, Mariavittoria Pizzinga, Dan-Mircea Mirea, et al. ‘Comprehensive Identification of RNA-Protein Interactions in Any Organism Using Orthogonal Organic Phase Separation (OOPS)’. Nature Biotechnology 37, no. 2 (February 2019): 169–78.

Villanueva, Eneko, Tom Smith, Rayner M. L. Queiroz, Mie Monti, Mariavittoria Pizzinga, Mohamed Elzek, Veronica Dezi, et al. ‘Efficient Recovery of the RNA-Bound Proteome and Protein-Bound Transcriptome Using Phase Separation (OOPS)’. Nature Protocols 15, no. 8 (August 2020): 2568–88.

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