Gerarda Cappuccio

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I received my MD degree from University of Naples (Italy) Federico II in 2010. Later, I was drawn to the five- year Pediatrics residency program at Department of Pediatrics, Federico II University where I was involved in the diagnosis and care of patients with neurogenetic conditions. I got my PhD in Experimental and Translational Medicine in April 2020 working at Telethon Institute of Genetics and Medicine (Pozzuoli, Italy), where I developed expertise in Next Generation sequencing, and metabolomic analysis, to elucidate etiology and pathogenic mechanisms involved in different neurogenetic conditions. I joined Dr. Maletic-Savatic Lab in June 2021 as postdoctoral fellow. I’m investigating potential biomarkers through metabolomic studies (using Nuclear magnetic resonance and tandem mass spectroscopy) in Rett syndrome and MECP2 duplication syndrome two severe neurogenetic diseases. Moreover, we aim to apply 3D culture systems in these conditions, to identify novel molecular mechanisms of disease, through morphological and functional analysis of neuronal plasticity and metabolism.