Maria Dalla Pozza
Institute of Chemistry for Life and Health Sciences
Laboratory for Inorganic Chemical Biology
+33 1 44 27 56 04
Maria was born and grew up in Vicenza, a small and beautiful city near Venice, in the north of Italy.
After finishing secondary school specializing in classics and completing the Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry for Cultural Heritage, she decided to take additional exams to be admitted for the Master’s Degree in Chemistry at the University of Padua, in Italy. This unconventional choice was driven by her strong interest in science, in particular chemistry and biology.
During her master’s thesis work in Prof. Fregona’s group, she studied some metal-based compounds with anticancer properties from both a chemical and biological perspective, getting more into the field of medicinal chemistry. As part of her thesis work, she spent six months at the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) in Strasbourg in Dr. Gaiddon’s group, in the frame of an Erasmus plus for traineeship program. Through this experience she had the great possibility to first-hand exploit some biological techniques and to wide her knowledge in cancer biology.
After her graduation in 2017, she has worked as laboratory analyst and as school teacher and in 2020 she joins the Gasser Group for aETN PhD project on selective photo-cleavage of DNA for gene therapy. She is very motivated by the willingness to pursue her academic career in a multicultural and stimulating environment.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, painting and spending time with friends. She loves discovering new places and their culture, as well as their local food! She has practised dance for more than ten years and in the last six years she has been experimenting aerial dance.