The metabolic dependencies of cancer during progression

Please note that the Seminar will take place both in the Old Road Campus Research Building (rooms 71a/b/c) and on Microsoft Teams. Please contact for Microsoft Teams link

Dr Marco Sciacovelli graduated from the University of Padova (Italy) in 2007 with a first-class master’s degree in Pharmacy and then completed a PhD in Bioscience and Cellular Biology at the University of Padova in 2011 under the supervision of Prof Bernardi and Prof Rasola. His doctoral studies were focused on understanding the pro-tumorigenic role of the mitochondrial chaperone TRAP1 through regulation of the activity of Succinate Dehydrogenase (SDH) complex and intracellular succinate levels. After obtaining his PhD, he moved to Cambridge where he joined Dr Frezza’s laboratory at the MRC Cancer Unit in 2012 first as an MRC Career Development Postdoctoral Fellow and then in 2015 as a Research Associate after the unit joined the University of Cambridge. During the years of his postdoctoral training, he contributed to elucidating how the oncometabolite fumarate activates pro-oncogenic pathways through epigenetic and metabolic reprogramming in Fumarate Hydratase (FH)-deficient tumours. In 2022, he joined the University of Liverpool as a Tenure Track Fellow(Group Leader) to start his independent research program focused on understanding which distinctive metabolic traits are associated with colorectal cancers (CRC) progression.