Luca Tiberi, 2016
Career Development Award Project Title
“Studying neurogenesis to unveil molecular and cellular basis of brain cancer”, 2016
Who he is
Luca Tiberi grew up in Falconara nearby the Adriatic sea in the East Coast of Italy. His passion for research started during his undergraduate studies at the University of Bologna, where in 2004 he completed his Master Degree in Medical Biotechnology (Franceschi lab).
In 2004 he moved to Trieste where he started a Ph.D in Molecoler Oncology (Del Sal lab) and he focused his reaserch on the molecular biology of breast cancer. After his Ph.D moved to Belgium in the lab of Prof. Vanderhaeghen to study brain cancer and development. Notably, in 2016 he was awarded the prestigiouse ALVARENGA, DE PIAUHY prize from the Belgian Royal Academy (Académie royale de Médecine de Belgique) for his work on Pediatric Brain Cancer.
He returned to Italy in 2016 thanks to the Armenise-Harvard Foundation Career Development Award and now he leads a young research group focused on brain cancer at CIBIO, the Center for Integrative Biology in Trento.
What he does
Luca Tiberi’ s work aims to identify cellular and molecular mechanisms of pediatric brain cancer, the deadliest cancers in children. In particular, he is studying Medulloblastoma: the most common brain cancer affecting children that remains responsible for a high percentage of mortality among cancer patients.
He is working on deciphering the link between normal development and oncogenesis taking advantage of different in-vitro and in-vivo genetically engineered models. Moreover, part of his research is focused on identifying new therapeutic targets able to reduce the malignant potential of the tumor and to overcome its ability to develop resistance against specific treatments.
News from the Lab
In the last months Luca Tiberi and his team have started using an innovative approach to fight brain cancer. In fact, for the first time they are trying to recreate in laboratory a tumor that harbors the same alterations found in human patients. The long term goal is to take advantage of this approach to develop specific therapies for each single patients. This Patient Specific approach could change completely the way of developing cancer therapies.