Biagio Di Lorenzo, PhD

I was born in Catania, a city at the foot of the Etna volcano in Sicily. I did my pre-doctoral studies at San Raffaele University in Milan, where I developed an interest in medical genetics. I then moved to Lisbon, where I started my PhD on bio-engineering systems at the Instituto de Medicina Molecular. My goal was to characterize the γδ T cell receptor for exploitation in cancer immunotherapy. Thanks to these studies, I acquired experience in molecular biology, genetics and immunology, and developed soft skills in science-related fields including bio-entrepreneurship. My postdoc in molecular genetics developed across multiple sites at CRS4 in Cagliari, the San Raffaele Hospital in Milano and the University of Sassari. During these years, and genetic studies focused on Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome and type 1 diabetes, I developed my competence in bioinformatics and computational biology. In March 2024 I joined the MDAlab at LUM University, and I am now working on GWA studies of IBS and its related endophenotypes. 

Outside the lab, I was a professional waterpolo player in my hometown, in Lisbon, and in Bordeaux. I really like to go hiking and stay with my family and friends, but I also like to travel and get to know other people and their cultures.