Daniela Cimini

photo of Scholar of the Week Daniela CiminiThe Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes Daniela Cimini, an associate professor of biological sciences in the College of Science, for her work studying chromosome division in cells in the human body.

Cimini works to identify and characterize the cellular mechanisms that induce aneuploidy, a defect by which a cell or an organism possesses a chromosome number that deviates from the number typical of the species. Aneuploidy is well-known for causing severe genetic diseases (such as Down syndrome) and is the leading cause of miscarriage and stillbirth in humans.

In addition, aneuploidy is now believed to play a key role in cancer development and progression. Therefore, understanding the mechanisms leading to inaccurate chromosome segregation is critical for understanding how cancer develops and progresses and will be the starting point for the development of diagnosis, prevention, and intervention protocols.

Cimini received her bachelor’s in biology with a specialty degree in genetics and her Ph.D. in genetics and molecular biology from the University of Rome “La Sapienza.”

Prior to her arrival at Virginia Tech, she was a postdoctoral associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

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