ICGEB Programme Officer to head Bioinformatics Unit in Cape Town

Dr. Stefano Cacciatore has recently commenced a new position at ICGEB Cape Town  as Programme Officer to head the Bioinformatics Unit.

Dr. Cacciatore arrived at ICGEB Cape Town following a PhD in Structural Biology from the Center of Magnetic Resonance at the University of Florence, Italy and postdoctoral training at the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology, Imperial College of London, London, United Kingdom and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, United States of America.  Prior to joining the ICGEB scientific faculty, Dr Cacciatore was an Arturo Falaschi Postdoctoral Fellow in the ICGEB Cancer Genomics Group.  

His Unit’s research will focus on the development of bioinformatic tools and statistical approaches and their application in human health and plant biology. The aim is to analyse large scale biological and clinical data collaborating with other ICGEB researchers towards the design of computational approaches and the interpretation of results.  Currently, the Unit is interested in: i) investigating inflammatory induced metabolic alterations in cancer patients; ii) developing a pipeline for the analysis of genomic and transcriptomic data; iii) deciphering the crosstalk between microbiome and metabolome in plant biology.

The Unit is also involved in ICGEB inter-component collaborative projects that aim to isolate acute phase protein from blood samples and use nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to characterize their glycan complexity. This method may pave the new way to profile the inflammatory response in patients with cancer and other pathologies associated to inflammation using NMR.

Dr Cacciatore commenced operations at the Cape Town Component on the 1st of May this year, and the ICGEB is delighted to have him as part of the international scientific faculty of the Organisation.

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