Our Alumni

ICGEB’s training programmes represent an exciting opportunity to interact with people all over the world in state-of-the-art scientific environments and in all the top scientific institutes. Youth, essential to nurturing a brighter and more equitable future, constitutes the backbone of the ICGEB’s training programmes that have been operating for over three decades across the world.

These several hundred new ICGEB fellows yearly constitute an ICGEB Alumni body of over 3500 individuals from more than 60 countries around the globe, with an estimated 750 PhD awardees among them.

In 2020, the ICGEB formed an Alumni Secretariat under the auspices of the Communications, Public Information and Outreach Office, which has been working actively on consolidating the ICGEB Alumni network by getting in touch with Alumni, informing them of the Alumni Association and keeping a detailed Alumni Registry (available in a password-restricted Alumni area and upon request to the members of the Association), which in 2022 includes updated information on almost 1800 Alumni.

The ICGEB Alumni Secretariat is continuing work on strengthening this networking community, to develop training, cultural initiatives and expertise involving ICGEB Alumni. Dedicated ICGEB Alumni groups are active on the major social networks, encouraging exchanges, interaction and Alumni initiatives.

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We campaign for ICGEB Alumni for Girls in STEM and strive to strengthen this networking community, to develop training, cultural initiatives, and expertise involving ICGEB graduates. Through the support and ideas of its members and the proactive collaboration of the ICGEB, the Alumni will thrive and continue to advance biotechnology activities in academic institutes, companies, and industries where it is most needed.

I owe ICGEB a debt of gratitude as it helped shape my research career. ICGEB support arrived at the right moment for my project, which is now expanding to include new researchers and cover new fields. I am enthusiastic to pursue new joint collaborations in the future.”

2019 CRP Grant recipient Renuka Attanayake, Professor, Department of Plant and Molecular Biology, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

The work I did during my PhD has produced several publications and laid the grounds for major studies. This achievement was made possible thanks to the research environment and facilities provided by ICGEB, coupled with a cordial working relationship I enjoyed with my group members and my supervisor.”

2018 Arturo Falaschi Pre-doctoral Fellowship recipient Noah Machuki Onchieku, PhD Fellow,
Kenya Medical Research Institute
, Nairobi, Kenya

My PhD training at ICGEB exposed me to a dynamic and collaborative scientific environment, where I learned from respected researchers with various backgrounds and expertise, putting me in the position to grow as a scientist. In addition to my training, I had the pleasure of joining the ICGEB outreach team where I was able to promote the subject of science to the broader community, and also a great occasion to build connections with people and share my passion for science. Being part of the ICGEB community requires hard work, passion and commitment, but it’s absolutely worth it.”

2014 Arturo Falaschi PhD fellowship recipient Consuelo Torrini, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA

ICGEB had an enormous impact on my career. It provided an international environment rich in experimental skills and ideas, leadership training and science diplomacy. Today I have a network of collaborations that have been developed through the ICGEB, following the rules of respect and excellence learned in Trieste.”

2006 Arturo Falaschi PhD fellowship recipient Zulma Suares, Director, R&D, VECOL S.A., Bogota, Colombia

The ICGEB Alumni Map is a visualization of the Alumni network which showcases where our Alumni currently work. Browse the map to find where our alumni are today. The map indicates institutes/universities/companies in 53 countries across the world and is updated regularly.

More information on the Alumni, including contact details, are available in the ICGEB Alumni Network Registry, in the reserved area below. This Registry is made available exclusively to the Members of the ICGEB Alumni network who have shared their contact details for the purpose of strengthening cooperation amongst the ICGEB Alumni.

Where are our ICGEB Alumni today?

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Feature story

Camila Canaán-Haden Ayala, CIGB Cuba, was a recipient of a Short-term Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Cardiovascular Biology laboratory, funded by IILA.

Mobility: Immunotherapy of Cancer laboratory of Cuban CIG

Host Institute: Cardiovascular Biology Laboratory, ICGEB, Trieste, Italy.

Under the supervision of Serena Zacchigna, during a 3-month period from August to November 2019, the visiting junior scientist learned and practiced advanced techniques used in the host lab for her research projects on angiogenesis and cancer.

As part of my technical training, as a visiting scientist I was able to develop immunofluorescence studies, Western Blotting, molecular characterization by PCR, flow cytometry, DNA and RNA extraction, and the culture of primary endothelial and fibroblastic cells from tissues and tumors. Handling of confocal and fluorescence microscopes was also part of the training. I acquired skills in the management of different advanced equipment, including a ChemiDoc Touch Imaging System, a Nano Photometer, Nano Drop, and the use of programmes to manage the equipment and their results (Image J, V4.4 and Nis-Elements AR).”

The acquired abilities will be useful in the characterisation of the leukocytes infiltrates induced by the VEGF-based immunotherapy procedure, and by other immunotherapy candidates now under development in Ms.  Canaan-Haden’s laboratory in Cuba. “Another important component of the stay was the opportunity to participate in laboratory meetings and in seminars presented at ICGEB by leading scientists.”

In the lab of the visiting junior scientist, at the CIGB of Havana, one of the ongoing projects relates to the development of a specific active anti-tumor immunotherapy procedure that uses a mutated variant of human VEGF as antigen. Immunization with this molecule, in the presence of powerful adjuvants, induces the production of antibodies that block the pro-angiogenic activity of VEGF, and affect tumor growth and metastases in experimental animal models. This novel anti-tumor immunotherapy procedure (coded HeberSaVax or CIGB-247) is in Phase II clinical trials. 

ICGEB Alumna Francesca Storici at ICGEB Trieste

ICGEB Alumna Francesca Storici is a multi-awarded HHMI Faculty Scholar, GRA Distinguished Cancer Scientist and Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, USA. In Trieste in July to attend the Arturo Falaschi Conference, she spoke to us about her research and about her time as PhD student at ICGEB.

EMPOWER fellows’ stories – Najneen Rejwana

Najneen Rejwana is from Bangladesh. She is one of the fellows awarded with the EMPOWER project of UNOSSC. She visited Trieste from the New Delhi ICGEB component, on the occasion of the Arturo Falaschi conference in July. Here is her story.

For more information:
Alumni Secretariat
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