Date: 16 -12- 2019
Dr Di Cara Francesca is assistant professor at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Throughout her scientific training, dr. Di Cara focused on defining genetic pathways that regulate developmental processes, stress responses and metabolic pathways (particularly lipids and redox species) using mainly Drosophila melanogaster as a model system. Her recent interest in metabolic pathways in immune responses and host-pathogen interactions has its foundation on growing evidence that a large number of human immune deficiency and inflammatory diseases have at their source defects in metabolic signaling. Recently, Dr. Di Cara provided the first demonstration of peroxisome (ubiquitous metabolic organelles essential for organism health) direct involvement in immune defense, host-pathogen interaction and tissue homeostasis. As assistant professor at Dalhousie University, her research still relies on the use of Drosophila melanogaster, as genetically amenable model system with few genetic redundancies and a vast arsenal of genetic tools to rapidly identify and characterize the mechanisms by which peroxisomes control development, inflammations and host-microbes interaction, with the final goal to understand the importance of peroxisomes in the development of human immune disorders.
Location: Sala conferenze CNR a Via P. Castellino 111, Napoli.
F. Anna Digilio
IRET - Sede Secondaria di Napoli