Linda Masante

I am a Postdoc at the Genomics Research Centre – Functional Genomics Programme of Human Technopole. I hold a Ph.D. in Biomolecular Sciences from CIBIO, University of Trento.

I graduated in Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Turin in 2017. I focused on the role of Fgf14 protein in psychiatric disorders in the Laboratory of Neurophysiology of Neurodegenerative Diseases of Filippo Tempia.

I then moved to Trento for my Ph.D becoming part of the Giovanni Armenise-Harvard laboratory of Axonal Neurobiology led by Marie-Laure Baudet. There, I started to be passionate about RNA. In particular, I focused on a very peculiar type of RNAs, named circular RNAs, investigating how they translocate to the axonal compartment. During my Ph.D. I had the opportunity to join the GeneCore Facility headed by Vladimir Benes at EMBL, Heidelberg, to learn RNA-seq library preparation.

My current research is devoted to RNA metabolism in cortical neurons. I am interested in particular on the role of CPEB proteins in the regulation of RNA metabolism – from synthesis to decay – in basal condition and upon neuronal activation.