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Expertises

DNA and RNA analysis through PCR and RT-qPCR; SNP genotyping with Luminex beads-based assays; separation of main subpopulations (PBMCs, granulocytes, monocytes) from whole blood; basic knowledge in flow cytometry; basic knowledge in the use of the Personal Genome Machine (PGM)

Main research areas

Autoimmunity; periodontal disease; gene expression; genotyping; 

Current research

My PhD project has 3 principle aims:

- the regulation of peptidyl arginine deiminases genes (PADI genese) expression under differential stimuli

- the study of polymorphisms across these genes, and possible correlation with some selected systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (RA, SLE and Sjogren' syndrome) and periodontitis

- investigation on the possible correlation of  the presence P. gingivalis (and antibodies towards it) and the previously mentioned systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases

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