We are pleased to announce that Alessandro Vindigni, Ph.D., is joining the Department as Associate Professor, effective May 2011. Dr. Vindigni is currently Group Leader of Genome Stability at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Trieste, Italy. He is a well established investigator in the areas of DNA repair and genome stability and has made seminal contributions to the structure, function and regulation of RecQ helicases, a ubiquitous family of DNA strand separating enzymes that defends the genome against instability associated with many inheritable human diseases and cancer.
Dr. Vindigni’s wife, Youhna Ayala, Ph.D., is also joining the Department as Assistant Research Professor. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Francisco Baralle at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Trieste, Italy. Her research focuses on the RNA binding factor, TDP-43, a protein involved in a number of neurodegenerative pathologies.