Caterina Di Lauro

Project 4



Host institution: University Complutense Madrid


Project Supervisor: Prof Miguel Diaz-Hernadez



I started my research activity as a bachelor student in 2013 at the Department of Biology, University of Naples “Federico II”, at Prof Rosa Carotenuto’s lab. At that time the group led by Prof Carotenuto was studying the interaction between the cytoskeleton and components of the maturation/translation process during early Xenopus laevis oogenesis and I was involved in this project during my final thesis internship.

After obtaining my B.Sc. degree, I pursued my research activity as master student at Department of Biology, University of Pisa, at Prof Massimiliano Andreazzoli’s lab. During my final thesis internship I worked on the role of Jhdm1D, a hystone demethylase that catalyzes the demethylation of both mono- or dimethylated H3K9 and H3K27, in retinal development, taking advantage of the specific features of the Xenopus laevis model system.

After my Master graduation I collaborated in another study supervised by Prof Andreazzoli about the developmental consequences of knocking out the setd5 gene in zebrafish. Mutations in this gene has been linked to autism spectrum disorder in humans and I had the opportunity to investigate the consequences of setd5 loss of function in terms of zebrafish larvae and adults behaviour. The project was carried out at the Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour, University of Leicester, at Dr Will Norton’s lab.


Why are you doing a PhD?

The world of discovery has always amazed me and still does. My goal is to pursue a career in neurobiology research and this PhD will give me the chance to grow as young scientist and to reach my objective.


Other interests?

One of my big passions is travelling, I love discovering new places and getting in touch with other cultures. I also love swimming, I have been swimming since I was 6 years old, it’s my favourite sport. I like listening to music (it’s like food for my mind), reading books, especially thriller books, and watching movies and TV-series.