Marina Caldara holds a master degree in Industrial Biotechnology which was awarded by the University of Milano-Bicocca, where she graduated in 2003.Few months later, she was accepted to start a PhD program at the VUBrussel of Belgium. The project aimed to the development of a mathematical model of arginine biosynthesis in E. coli. Caldara defended her thesis in the required four years (2007) and she obtained the maximum grade: greatest distinction. Three research papers where published on her PhD work.
She then moved to the USA, where she worked as a post-doctoral fellow first at Harvard University with Prof. Vestrepen and then with Prof. Ribbeck first at Harvard and then MIT. Here, the candidate worked first on yeast repeats within the genome and in proteins and then on Pseudomonas aeruginosa aggregation (within biofilms and mucus). During this period she published five high impact factor research papers (among these: Cell, Science and Current Biology) and she holds a patent. During these years she supervised bachelor, master and PhD students, and moreover she taught as a group leader for the class LifeScience 100 at Harvard University for a full semester.
In 2011, Caldara moved back to Belgium with a personal grant awarded by the Flemish Science Organization (FWO) where she worked on the requirements for tau-membrane interaction in humanized yeast models of Alzheimer’s disease with Prof. Winderickx at the KULeuven. During this period she contributed to a book chapter and to two research paper.
In 2014 she started as a researcher at the Dep. of Life Sciences in Parma, where she worked on the development of new genomic and proteomic methods to study the allergenicity, proteomic and nutritional value of common foods.
Since December 2015 she holds a senior research position (RTD-A) in Applied Biology at the University of Parma. She in now lecturer of Systems Biology and of Biostatistics and data analysis.
Caldara has developed in 15 years of professional experience a deep knowledge of molecular biology techniques, genetics, microbiology, biofilm formation, analysis in silico, systems biology, bioinformatic, protein purification, chromatography, microscopy, and image analysis.
At the moment, Caldara is focusing on nanomaterials, and the characterization of their toxic effect. Moreover, she has studied the impact of antidepressants TCAs and three neuroleptics on Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Her current project is a natural continuation of those findings, considering also the personal interest of the proposer on pathogens, their behaviors, and how they could be eradicated. An interest that especially developed while working Harvard and MIT she studied the pathogenesis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in an environment recreating the cystic fibrosis environment.