Supporting networking and collaborative research among early career scientists and clinicians.

Explore opportunities for gaining laboratory experience and establishing collaborations with the Metabolism and Steroid Hormone Group (University of Oxford, UK)

Ilaria Bonaventura, Sapienza University of Rome



I am an early career clinician scientist at the Sapienza University of Rome, working towards a career in Endocrinology and Metabolism and I am interested in the molecular mechanisms that drive the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). I am currently identifying host laboratories to expose myself and get further insight on this research area from experts in the field as well as explore opportunities for PhD scholarship applications outside my home country. 

With this grant, I would like to visit Prof. Tomlinson’s lab at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM) at the University of Oxford, UK. Prof. Tomlinson is a worldleading endocrinologist with a long-term interest in identifying the mechanisms that drive metabolic diseases, in particular NAFLD. His group (Metabolism and Steroid Hormone Biology group) uses in vitro, in vivo, and translational approaches to answer their scientific questions. 

My aims are:
1. Get an overview on the molecular biology methodology Prof. Tomlinson’s group perform in the lab.
2. Gain laboratory experience on cell culture and molecular biology techniques.
3. Discuss about current and future projects in the Tomlinson group as well as other groups of the department.
4. Establish collaborations for PhD scholarship applications.


Grant awarded: €1,800

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