Federica Di Palma, Ph.D.
Federica Di Palma joined the Broad Institute in 2006 as a research scientist in the genome sequencing and analysis program. She works with the program co-director Kerstin Lindblad-Toh on the development, management, and analysis of mammalian sequencing projects, as well as projects involving additional vertebrate and invertebrate organisms. Examples of ongoing projects are those involving the Africa Savannah Elephant, the three-spine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus), and the Aplysia californica mollusc. An important aspect of Federica’s work is to provide scientific leadership on each project as well as adapting and changing the genome projects according to the needs and priorities of the research communities.
Federica received her Ph.D. in Immunogenetics from the University of Reading, United Kingdom in 1998. She was subsequently awarded a Fogarty Fellowship from the National Institute of Deafness and Communication Disorders, NIH, where she completed her postdoctoral work on the positional cloning of deafness genes in mice and humans.
Federica joined the Hubbard Center for Genome Studies (HCGS), at the University of New Hampshire in 2002 as a senior research scientist. During this time, she continued her research interests by studying mucolipin genes in the zebrafish model system and by teaching undergraduate courses in immunogenetics. Federica was also the research manager of the HCGS, where she brought a wealth of experience in molecular biology and genomics, and was responsible for supervising the technical staff of the genome service center.