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Cristina Letizia

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Cristina Letizia

Strategy and Scientific Affairs

After her classical studies, Cristina graduated in Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, with a specialization in Electronic Technologies for Biomedical Engineering.
She moved to US in 2012, when she won a scholarship, which allowed her to study and work for one year as a researcher at University of Florida, eventually obtaining a second master degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2013. Besides revealing how enriching it is to integrate into a society with different habits, this experience represented her stepping stone to the world of research.

She moved to Switzerland in 2014 to pursue a 4-year PhD in Bioengineering and Bio-microsystems at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL). As research engineer, she designed, manufactured and tested miniaturized devices for in vivo drug testing and phenotyping analyses on animal models, for metabolic and aging assays. She also worked on clustering algorithms, to identify subpopulation behaviors and extract the most relevant phenotypic information.

To carry out her research projects, Cristina established fruitful collaborations with many research groups with different expertise. This synergy allowed her to see her research results in a wider perspective and eventually publish them in peer-review journals and present at international conferences.

Without losing her fascination with science, Cristina discovered a new interest for “the other side” of research, the administration of research. She obtained a certification in Management of Innovation and Technology by the EPFL Technology Transfer Office in 2016 and the PRINCE2 Foundation – Project Management certification in 2017.

Cristina started working at Human Technopole in 2018, where she contributes to the Foundation’s research organizational structure and processes. She follows the development of research collaborations and industrial partnerships, negotiate corresponding partnership agreements and contributes to the development of research-related internal regulations and policies. She also summarizes and visualizes organisational and research data and indicators for diverse communication outlets.