Team profiles

Dr Valentina Di Pietro

Dr Valentina Di Pietro

Research Fellow

University of Birmingham

Qualifications

Clinical Molecular Geneticists (4 years training scheme), University of Catania, Italy, 2010.
PhD in Biochemical Studies of Proteomics, Sacro Cuore, Catholic University of Rome, Italy, 2007.
MSc in Molecular Biology, University of Catania, Italy, 2003.
Member of the Italian Council of Biology (since 2004).

Dr Valentina Di Pietro is a Molecular Neuroscientist with experience in Genetics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. During her PhD at the Catholic University of Rome, she specialised in the identification of biomarkers for the diagnosis of mild, repeated and severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) with a focus on the molecular mechanisms of trauma.

She has also been involved in the setup of a new analytical HPLC method for the determination of biochemical markers of Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM) and she was in charge of the genetic analysis of related mutations.

In 2008, she joined the Division of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Southampton where she was involved in the development of an in vitro model of acute neurodegenerative diseases. This model is now recognised as some of the most applicable alternatives to the use of in vivo experiments.

In 2012, Dr Di Pietro joined the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing at the University of  Birmingham  where she is studying MicroRNAs as  biomarkers  in serum of TBI patients and the potential role of MicroRNA-based therapy for trauma.