Year of Program Entry: 2022
Faculty Advisor(s): Valter Longo
Giacomo is a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Southern California pursuing the Biology of Aging’s doctoral program in the School of Gerontology. Educated at the University of Camerino (Italy), he graduated with honors for his BSc in Nutritional Biology, completing his thesis on genetic polymorphisms in Fibromyalgia Syndrome patients. Upon graduation, Giacomo’s academic career continued at the University of Trieste (Italy) and Rennes 1 (France), where he earned a double degree Master of Science in Functional Genomics and Molecular and Cellular Biology defending the thesis entitled “3-ß-hydroxybutyrate supplementation decreases pancreatic cancer cell line viability in vitro”.
As a researcher in Professor Valter Longo’s laboratory, Giacomo collaborates with the research team still conducting his studies. His interest at the USC focuses on how nutrient-sensing pathways regulate health, longevity, and cancer metabolism. His scientific background is based on cell biology, molecular biology, genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and biochemistry, all of which are highly relevant to his focus on cancer research and health-lifespan studies.