Short CV/Education and training

  • 1994 – 1995
    Japanese Language Intensive Course, Tokyo University of Foreign Language Studies, Tokyo, Japan

  • 1995 – 1999
    Bachelor degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

  • 1999 – 2001
    Master doctoral degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

  • 2001 – 2004
    PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan

  • 2002 – 2004
    Japanese Society for Promotion of Science Special Research Fellow

  • 2004 – 2005
    Special Research Fellow Scientist, RIKEN Institute, Wako, Japan

  • 2005 – 2008
    Staff Scientist/Unit Group Leader, IFOM, Milan, Italy

  • since 2008
    Group Leader, Head of the DNA Repair lab at IFOM, and SEMM Faculty member at IFOM-IEO campus

  • since 2013
    Tenured Group Leader, Head of the DNA Repair lab at IFOM, and SEMM Faculty member at IFOM-IEO campus

Selected publications

  • Dana Branzei, Julie Sollier, Giordano Liberi, Xiaolan Zhao, Daisuke Maeda, Masayuki Seki, Takemi Enomoto, Kunihiro Ohta, and Marco Foiani (2006). Ubc9- and Mms21- mediated sumoylation counteracts recombinogenic events at damaged replication forks, Cell 127 (3), 509-522. (Corresponding author)(# publication selected for Faculty of 1000 Biology)

  • Dana Branzei and Marco Foiani (2008). Regulation of DNA repair throughout the cell cycle. Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology 9, 297-308. (Corresponding author)

  • Dana Branzei, Fabio Vanoli, and Marco Foiani (2008). SUMOylation regulates Rad18-mediated template switch. Nature, 456 (7224), 915-920. (Corresponding author)

  • Julie Sollier, Robert Driscoll, Federica Castellucci, Marco Foiani, Stephen P. Jackson, and Dana Branzei (2009). The Saccharomyces cerevisiae Esc2 and Smc5-6 proteins promote sister chromatid junction mediated intra-S repair. Mol Biol Cell (6), 1671-1682. (Corresponding author)(# Publication selected for Faculty of 1000 Biology)

  • Dana Branzei and Marco Foiani (2010). Maintaining genome stability at the replication fork. Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology, 11, 208-219.

  • Fabio Vanoli, Marco Fumasoni, Barnabas Szakal, Laurent Maloisel, Dana Branzei (2010). Replication and recombination factors contributing to recombination-dependent bypass of DNA lesions by template switch. PLoS Genet, Nov 11; 6(11):e1001205. (Corresponding author)

  • Dana Branzei (2011). Ubiquitin family modifications and template switching. FEBS Letters, 585 (18): 2810-2817. (Corresponding author)

  • Dana Branzei (2011). The three SMC sisters. Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology (6), 343. (Corresponding author)

  • Georgios Karras, Marco Fumasoni, Grzegorz Sienski, Fabio Vanoli, Dana Branzei, Stefan Jentsch (2013) Non-Canonical Role of the 9-1-1 Clamp in the Error-Free DNA Damage Tolerance Pathway. Molecular Cell, 7;49(3): 536-46. (Corresponding author)(# publication selected for Faculty of 1000 Biology)

  • Barnabas Szakal and Dana Branzei (2013). Premature Cdk1/Cdc5/Mus81 pathway activation induces aberrant replication and deleterious crossover.EMBO Journal 32(8):1155-1167 (Corresponding author).


Selected projects

Ongoing Research Funding Support

  • European Commission (01/10/2009-30/09/2014); Coordinator. Total amount: 1.841.600,00

  • Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro (01/03/2010-28/02/2013); Coordinator. Total amount: 480.000,00

  • Telethon (28/09/2012-28/09/2015); Coordinator. Total amount: 223.500,00

Completed Research Funding Support

  • Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sul Cancro (01/01/2007-31/12/2009); Coordinator. Total amount: 350.000,00

  • Association for International Cancer Research (01/10/2006-30/09/2009); Co-coordinator. Total amount: 159.276,26

  • European Commission (01/01/2008-31/12/2010); Co-coordinator. Total amount: 275.000,00

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the Young Academy of Europe, since 2012

  • Ad-hoc reviewer for scientific papers

    Called to review papers for Nature Structural Molecular Biology, PNAS, EMBO Journal, Nucleic Acids Research, Plant Cell, Molecular Cell Biology, Oncogene, PLoS Genetics, Journal of Cell Biology (JCB), DNA Repair, BMC Molecular Biology, European Journal of Cancer, Biomolecules, Cell Cycle, Chromosoma, PLoS ONE.

  • Grant and institute reviewer

    Called to review grants for AICR (Association for International Cancer Research), Cancer Research UK, the Horizon Breakthrough Projects, NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada), GACR (Grant Agency of the Czech Republic), FWF (Austrian Science Fund), BBSRC (Biotechnological and Biological Sciences Research Council).

  • Conference and seminar presentations

    Invited speaker at several international conferences and seminars throughout Europe, United States and Japan. A selective list of meetings where I participated as invited speaker for the period 2008-2013 is presented below.

Selected List of Invited Talks in the period of 2008-2013

  • Invited Talks at Scientific Conferences

    - EMBO Recombination meeting, May 19-23, 2008, Il Ciocco, Italy.

    - CNRS Jacques Monod Conference 'Biological Responses to DNA damage', October 11-15 2008, Roscoff, France.

    - The 99th International Titisee Conference 'Cellular safeguards and quality control', March 25-29, 2009, Titisee, Germany.

    Genica workshop in Athens, May 17-19, 2009, Athens, Greece.

    - ASM Conference on DNA Repair and Mutagenesis, May 30-June 5, 2009, Whistler, Canada.

    - The 10th International Conference on Environmental Mutagens (ICEM), August 20-25, 2009, Firenze, Italy.

    - The EMBO Conference 'Ubiquitin and Ubiquitin-like modifiers in cellular regulation', September 22-26, 2009, Riva del Garda, Italy.

    - The 4th International workshop on Cell Regulations in Division & Arrest, November 29-December 3, 2009, Okinawa, Japan.

    - The Fifth International Conference SUMO, Ubiquitin, UBL Proteins: Implications for Human Diseases, February 10-13, 2010, Houston, US.

    - EMBO meeting 'Recombination and connections to SUMO and Ubiquitin modifications', Il Ciocco, Italy, May 17-21, 2010.

    - Branzei: EMBO Workshop on the interface between the Ubiquitin family and the DNA damage response, Rovinj, Croatia, September 1-5, 2010.

    - Joint workshop IFOM-IEO -Bangalore Institute of Sciences, March 17-18, Milan, 2011.

    - The DNA Repair conference "Responses to DNA damage: from molecular mechanism to human disease", Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands, April 3-8, 2011.

    - The Nucleic Acids Gordon Research Conference, University of New England, Biddeford, Maine, June 5 – June 10, 2011.

    - The 25th International Conference on Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology, Olsztyn-Kortowo, Poland, July 11-16, 2011.

    - Image DDR meeting, University of Bicocca, Milan, September 12-13, 2011.

    - 2nd International Conference on Stem Cells and Cancer (ICSCC-2011), Pune, India, October 15-18, 2011.

    - EMBO workshop Recombination Mechanisms and Genome Instability, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, May 21-25, 2012.

    - IFOM-Kyoto University Joint Symposium, Mechanisms of Cell Transformation and Metastasis, Milan, Italy, October 25-27, 2012.

    - Keystone meeting on Genomic Instability and DNA Repair, Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff, Canada, March 3-8, 2013.

Invited Scientific Seminars

  • - CNRS, October 17, 2008, Marseille, France. (host: Robert Fuchs).

    - CEA institute, Paris, France, June 15, 2009. (hosts: Serge Boiteaux and Laurent Maloisel)

    - Institute Orsay, Paris, France, June 16, 2009. (host: Sarah Lambert)

    - Clare Hall Cancer Research, South Mimms, UK, October 15, 2009. (host: Simon Boulton).

    - University of Zurich, Institute of Molecular Cancer Research, Switzerland, October 27, 2009. (host: Massimo Lopes)

    - CNR Institute of Molecular Genetics (IGM), Pavia, Italy, February 22, 2011.

    - Invited seminar at Harvard Medical School and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, US, June 9, 2011.

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