Dr Erika CIONE
1999 - She holds the Degree in Pharmacy achieved at the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Calabria, on the 14/04/1999.
2004 - She holds the Degree of Specialist in Clinial Pathology,recently, redefined by Federation for clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine (EFLM) as "Specialists in Laboratory Medicine" at University of Calabria, Rende.
The professional experience from 2000 until the present has been the opportunity for Dr. Cione to increase her personal track record as well as her scientific reputation. In her academic career, Dr. Cione has published more than 65 papers on international scientific journals (peer-reviewed). She has been the author of a paper highlighted in 2009 by the American Journal of Pathology. She actively participates in national and international scientific meetings with posters, oral presentations and invited speakers.
2000 -Visiting scholar at the Department of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology of Research, Dr. J.A. Olson - Iowa State University, USA
2005 -Researcher of Biochemistry SSD BIO/10 (05/E1) Pharmaceutical-Biological Dept.,Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Calabria, Italy
2006 -Assistant specialist at the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, Dr JL Napoli, UC-Berkeley USA
2007-Scientific Coordinator of UNICAL Research Internship-University of California Berkeley and Calabria Region POR CALABRIA 2000-2006 - Measure 3.7 Exchange program scholarship with the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology University of California Berkeley, USA
2008 -Assistant Professor of Biochemistry BIO/10 (05/E1) University of Calabria, Italy;
Member of Italian Society of Biochemistry (SIB)
Visiting Research at the Department of Analytical Chemistry and Biopolymer Structure Analysis, Dr. M. Przybylski's lab University of Constance-Germany
Speaker at FASEB Summer Research Conference Retinoids. New Haven, Connecticut, USA 15-18 June
2009 -Assistant specialist in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, Dr JL Napoli, UC-Berkeley USA
Professor of Biochemistry for strengthening knowledge courses at University of Calabria
2010 -Scientific Coordinator of Postdoctoral Scholarship funded by Eli Lilly Italia S.p.A.
Teacher at Institute of Genetics and Molecular Biology and Cellulaire (IGBMC) - France University of Strasbourg through Erasmus exchange program
2011-Scientific Coordinator of GALA LAB Nutritional profile analysis of Human Milk
Visiting Professor University of Baltimore, Dr. Kane -Maryland-USA
Scientific Coordinator POR Calabria FSE 2007/2013 Operational Objective M2 "To support the creation of individual high-level training courses for young graduates” with the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences-University of Maryland Baltimore, USA
2012 -Scientific Coordinator of Postdoctoral Scholarship funded by Eli Lilly Italia S.p.A.
Honorary Member of the Italian Association of Donated Human Milk Banks (AIBLUD)
Sponsor and liason for University of Calabria Faculty of Pharmacy Nutrition and Health Sciences and Pharmaceutical-Biological of scientific and didactic agreement with Drexel Department University College of Nursing and Health Professions Department of Nutrition Sciences Prof. Stella Lucia Volpe
Italian Coordinator and European Member of the Program promoted by the Japanese government CORE-TO-CORE JSPS for Center of International Research Platform for Biomedical Science and Drug Discovery Against Intractable Diseases (1st edition)
2013 -Chief of the International Organizing Committee of the 1st International Meeting on Retinoids, University of Calabria-Villa Rendano 11-14 September
Sponsor and liason within the Erasmus project with
i)University of the Balearic Islands, Palma de Mallorca and CIBER Physiopathology of the Obesity and Nutricion (CIBERobn) Prof. Andreas Palau and Luisa Bonet
ii)University of Paris Diderot, France Prof Hugues de Thé
Scientific Coordinator POR Calabria ESF 2007/2013 Operational Objective M2 "To support the creation of individual high-level training courses for young researchers”
Member of the Scientific committee of the Attilio and Elena Giuliani Foundation, Rome.
Selected speaker at the 2nd EMBA Meeting Istanbul Turkey 9-10 November.
Member of the International Organizing Committee of the FASEB- 2nd International Meeting on Retinoids Eaglewood Resort Itasca, Illinois, USA 21-23 June
Invited speaker at the 25th Retinoids Symposium Akita (Japan) 11-12 October
2015 -Winner of the Call for Young Researchers competition launched by the University of Calabria.
Guest at the EXPO 2015 by Calabria Region headquarters of the Corriere della Sera, Milan 15 September
Member of the International Organizing Committee of the 3rd International Meeting on Retinoids
Invited speaker Symposium on Breast Milk - Tokyo (Japan) 18 October.
Invited speaker at the 3rd International Meeting on Retinoids Gifu (Japan) 20-23 October.
Poster Award Lilly Diabetes Basic Science at Diabetes UK Professional Conference ExCel London.
Seal of excellence, H2020 SMEi Galastick project
External review for Consolidate the Foundations University of Tor Vergata, Rome
2016 –National Award Mary Cefaly- FIDAPA BPW, Lamezia Terme (CZ) Italy
Italian Coordinator and European Member of the Program promoted by the Japanese government CORE-TO-CORE JSPS for Center of International Research Platform for Biomedical Science and Drug Discovery Against Intractable Diseases (2nd edition)
Member of Eurocaroten Cost Action 2016 sponsor to the section of nutrition and health
Guest at the Conference of the Regions at the European Commission in Brussels
2017 -PNIcube Award, Naples-Italy.
Tele Europa Network Calabrese 2017 Award, Rende (CS) Italy.
MetaGroup-FidapaBWP Award, Rome
Member of FILAVAL by Granarolo Spa Italia 1st place of the national competiton PON ricerca e innovazione 2014-2020
International expert reviewer for the National Agency of France (ANF)
International expert reviewer for the German Research Foundation (DFG)
2019- Artificial Intelligence Molecular Screen (AIMS) Award from Atomwise, San Francisco CA, USA
International expert reviewer for Mohammed Bin Rashid, University of Medicine and
Health Sciences. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
2005 -Research of Biochemistry SSD BIO/10 (05/E1) at Department of Pharmacy, Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Calabria, Italy
2008-present -Assistant Professor of Biochemistry SSD BIO/10 (05/E1) at Department of Pharmacy, Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Calabria, Italy
2014 -CEO of the academic spin-out GalaScreen based on transcriptomic, University of Calabria, Italy
2015 -Member of the Council of the Degree Course in Pharmacy of the Department of Pharmacy, Health and Nutritional Sciences - University of Calabria, Italy
2018- present -Chief of the scientific officer ot the academic spin-out GalaScreen University of Calabria, Italy
2017 -National scientific qualification (L.240/2010) as Associate Professor of Biochemistry SSD BIO/10 (05/E1)
2019 -Member of the Research and Transfer Technology Commission of the Department of Pharmacy, Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Calabria, Italy
2020 -Member of the Academic Board Earnings Adjustment 2018 of the University of Calabria (DR del 07/02/2020).
The main scientific interest of Dr. Cione is understanding the role of vitamin A derivative (natural and synthetic) in metabolic syndrome which includes impaired insulin secretion mechanism, intestinal micromilieu, skin aging and regeneration (including diabetic foot ulcers) vascular wall integrity (aneurisms) and infertility. The aim is to identify not conventional retinoids molecular target (i.e.GPCRs) for metabolic syndrome treatment as well as design nutritional plans able to evocate epigenetic modulation as prevention of it. In this concern, her interested open to clinical-translational research, focusing on biomarker discovery based on transcriptomic, through various methodological approaches. Dr. Cione identified immune-related epigenetic molecules (microRNAs) variation in human milk pointing out how early nutrition type (breastfeeding, formula or mixed) can sustain innate immunity and proper prepuberal development of body weight and composition.
The research projects funded by the public (National, European, International) and private entities include the following:
2010 -Modulatory role of farsesoid X receptor ligands on estrogenic signal in testicular tumors: new therapeutic strategies-PRIN2008 (type: public national; role: member)
2013 -Center of International Research Platform for Biomedical Science and Drug Discovery Against Intractable Diseases Japanese Society of Promotion of Science (type: public international; role: Italian coordinator and European member)
Human Milk Stem Cells funded by Italian Association of Donato Human Milk Banks (AIBLUD)
2014 -POR Calabria FESR 2007/2013. Line of intervention 126.96.36.199. Public announcement for the support to the creation of spin-off companies. (type: public national; role: coordinator)
2015 -NutriMiRDiet by Investment Group srl - L'Aquila, Italy (type: private national; role:coordinator)
2016 -H2020-SMEINST-1-2016-2017 Phase 1 Cut-off date: February (type:public european; role:coordinator)
2018 –SkinAging by EffeGiLab srl - Trento, Italy (type: private national; role:coordinator)
She was awarded for her contribution to science by Lilly Diabetes Basic Science, FIDAPA, PNIcube, TeleEuropaNetwork, Atomwise.
She is co-inventor of 5 Italian and 2 European patents.
In her academic career Dr. Cione has published more than 65 papers on international scientific journals (peer-reviewed). She has been author of a paper highlighted in 2009 by American Journal of Pathology.
From April 2005 to September 2015 she was Professor of Biochemistry of Nutrition and Professor of Applied Biochemistry of Nutrition classes, respectively for the Degree in Phamacy and the Degree in Nutrition Sciences, respectively at the Department of Pharmacy, Health and Nutrition Sciences of University of Calabria, Italy.
Since 2015 to present she is professor of the Applied Biochemistry and professor of Molecular Biology classes for the Degree in Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy, Health and Nutrition Sciences University of Calabria, Italy. Since 2018 Professor of Applied Biochemistry of Nutrition and professor of Biochemistry of Xenobiotics for the Degree in Nutritional Science, Department of Pharmacy, Health and Nutrition Sciences University of Calabria, Italy
PhD Academic Board Member in 2005/2008 of the doctorate in Pharmacology and Biochemistry of Cell Death at University of Calabria; in 2008/2012 of the doctorate in Cellular Biochemistry and Drug Activity in Oncology at University of Calabria. Since 2019 and currently of the doctorate in Translational Medicine at University of Calabria
Member of PhD dissertation committee for the doctorate in “Life Sciences DR n 279 of the
16/02/2018 at DiBest, University of Calabria, Italy
Since 2017 to present she is Professor of Biochemistry of Organs and Tissues at School of High
Education in Clinical Pathology and Clinical Biochemistry, Department of Pharmacy, Health and
Nutrition Sciences University of Calabria, Italy
Since 2017 to present she is Professor of Biochemistry of Nutrition at Master in Sport Nutrition
Supplements, EdiErmes Academy, Milan, Italy
Biochimica Applicata -Applied Biochemistry (https://www.unical.it/portale/portaltemplates/view/view_scheda_insegnamento.cfm?19040&LANG=ITA&19040&LANG=ITA)
Biologia Molecolare e Tecnologie del DNA Ricombinante- Molecular biology and Recombinant DNA Technologies
Biochimica della Nutrizione Applicata-Nutritional Applied Biochemistry