Professor of Procaryotic Genetics
Daniela obtained a MSc in Biology and a PhD in Genetics from the University of Pavia, Italy. She was a visiting scientist at the University of California, Berkeley, for one year during the doctoral programme. The PhD work focused on the regulation of genes involved in flagellum biosynthesis in Bacillus subtilis. Daniela then moved to Oxford, where she worked as a postdoc first in the Department of Biochemistry, investigating sigma and anti-sigma factors, and later in the William Dunn School of Pathology, studying the interaction of RNA polymerase II Carboxyl-Terminal-Domain with cleavage and polyadenylation factors in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The interest in proteins interacting with nucleic acids led Daniela to explore genome segregation in Escherichia coli in the Department of Biomolecular Sciences, UMIST, Manchester. At the end of 2004, she started her independent investigator career thanks to a Medical Research Council New Investigator Award. Since 2006 Daniela has worked in the Department of Biology, University of York, where she felt that, having worked with bacteria and eukaryotes, it was time to dive in the fascinating domain of archaea. Her team investigates different facets of the fundamental process of genome segregation in bacteria and archaea using multi-disciplinary approaches.