Marco Ponzetti

  • PhD student, University of L’Aquila, Italy
  • WP3: The role of Lipocalin 2 in bone and tendon biology and biomechanics
  • Secondment to UCT, January-July 2018

Marco is a PhD student in the laboratory headed by Prof. Nadia Rucci at the University of L’Aquila, Italy. He recently contributed to the elucidation of the role of HBB (beta globin) in breast cancer, and he is now mainly working on the protein Lcn2 (lipocalin-2) to clarify its role in bone and muscle physiopathology, using in vivo assays and animal models such as the Lcn2-/- mouse and the MDX mouse. He has expertise in xenograft models of breast cancer and osteosarcoma and routinely studies bone and muscle biology using both in vivo and in vitro assays.

In RUBICON Marco visited the laboratory headed by Professor Malcolm Collins at the University of Cape Town (UTC), South Africa, to study the role of Lcn2 in tendon biology and chronobiology.