Therapeutic treatments based on the production of proteins by delivering messenger RNA (mRNA) represent a promising approach to treat many diseases that currently lack other alternatives. One of the major challenges for designing such treatments is the adequate protection of these macromolecules from enzymatic degradation and their safe delivery into the target cells.
Assistant Prof. Federica Sebastiani did her master studies in Physics with specialization in Biophysics at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (Italy). She obtained her PhD in Chemistry from the University of Reading (UK) in 2014, her PhD work was performed at the Institut Laue-Langevin (Grenoble, France) and in 2015, she did a postdoc at CR Competence AB (Lund, Sweden) within a MSCA Initial Training Network (BIBAFOODS), then she moved to Malmö University, Dept. of Biomedical Science, and received funding for a project aimed at understanding the structure of LNPs for mRNA delivery. Shortly before starting her current position at the Dept. of Pharmacy of Copenhagen University, she has been awarded a MSCA Postdoctoral fellowship.