IFOM IPA: Postdoc Association

IPA, the IFOM Postdoc Association

The IFOM Postdoc Association is an association of all the postdocs working at IFOM.



There are 4 main goals in the spirit of the IFOM Postdoc Association to:

Foster the interaction between postdocs of different labs:

We are not working alone! We share space, resources and knowledge. Connecting with other people is beneficial for both, science and social life.

Organize soft skill courses:

Not only scientific skills count! The scientific career needs other skills that have to be improved: communication, writing, presentation, management and many more!

Provide different perspectives on our future career, as an alternative to becoming a PI:

There's not only one choice for our future! There are many other career possibilities and we need to know them.

Create a network with other postdoc associations all around the world:

We are not isolated from the rest of the world! There are lots of other postdoc communities that we need to interact with to create links, to open our minds and to learn from them.

How we achieve our goals

Activities and Events

We organize and coordinate all kind of events, both scientific and social:

Career development

Soft skill courses in collaboration with the HR office.

Science and Prosecco

Meetings with eminent researchers, persons from international companies and European organizations (every 2 months).

Pizza Talks

Short informal presentations to discuss ongoing research (monthly).

Social events

For all IFOMers, in collaboration with PhD students and the events team.


We are an association for all the postdocs working at IFOM. The association is led by a board made up of 9 volunteers, elected yearly by the postdoc community.

IPA consists of a President, a Vice-President and 7 more members of the executive council.

Valentina Fajner

Simona Polo's lab

Valentina is the board president. She mainly supports the other members in organizing social and scientific events. She is a pharmaceutical biotechnologist with a research background in molecular biology, biochemistry and Drosophila genetics. She completed her PhD in Simona Polo’s group where she is now a postdoc. Her main interest is to study the physiological and pathological role of a new E3 ligase of the dNedd4 family in fruit flies.

Orso Maria Romano

Marco Cosentino-Lagomarsino's lab

Orso is the board Vice-President. He supports the other IPA members in the organization of social and scientific events. He is a physicist who, after a PhD at the interface between systems biology and microbiology, joined IFOM as a postdoc in Cosentino-Lagomarsino group. There, he develops mathematical models to understand the role of cell-to-cell variability in cellular morphogenesis, from bacteria to cancer cells

Andrea Ghisleni

Nils Gauthier's lab

Andrea is in charge of the organization of scientific and social events with other IPA members. He has an academic background in biological science with a special focus on live-cell imaging. In July 2017, he joined the group of Nils Gauthier in IFOM as a postdoc fellow. Currently, he is studying how cell react and adapt to mechanical cues.

Elisa Salviato

Francesco Ferrari's lab

Elisa is in charge of IPA’s social media accounts. After her master’s degree in Statistical Science, she oriented her scientific career in computational genomics, undertaking an interdisciplinary PhD program in Biosciences. She recently joined IFOM to broaden her expertise in cancer research by working on characterization of non-coding mutations altering the complex regulatory network of genes and their non-coding regulatory elements.

Paolo Luraghi

Silvia Marsoni's lab

Paolo is a newly-elected member of IPA, where is responsible for the organization and management of “Science & Prosecco” events. He got a PhD in Molecular Medicine at Candiolo Cancer Institute (Torino), where he has developed a pre-clinical translational model of colorectal cancer stem cell-like cells. He joined IFOM in 2018, after having completed a Master in Clinical Drug Development. He works in the Precision Oncology Unit coordinating the development of proof-of-concept clinical trials.

Elisa Magistrati

Simona Polo's lab

Elisa is part of the team that organizes the "Pizza Talks". After her studies in biotechnology, she joined IFOM starting the PhD in the group of Simona Polo, where she is currently a postdoc. She is focusing her research on the characterization of myosin VI role in centrosome biology and cell cycle progression.

Ramveer Choudhary

Marco Foiani's lab

Ramveer is involve in organizing different social and scientific event at IPA. He has first-hand training in DNA-nanotechnology and Drosophila neurobiology during his M.Sc. by research program at NCBS, Bangalore and later moved to IFOM to purse his PhD in molecular oncology using yeast as model system. His current interest is to understand key pathways involved in replication termination in eukaryotes and mechanisms controlling genomic stability under replication stress, both a cause and consequence of cancer development.

Koustav Pal

Francesco Ferrari's lab

Koustav is a newly-elected IPA member and he is responsible for IPA's presence in social media. Koustav is a computational biologist with formal education in experimental biology. Under the leadership of Francesco Ferrari, he completed his PhD in the Computational Genomics group at IFOM in 2019. Koustav develops novel algorithms for sequencing driven experiments to understand the role of higher-order genome structure in transcriptional regulation.

Alexander Egorov

Francesco Blasi's lab

Alex is responsible for the organization of social and scientific events. He has an academic background in bioorganic chemistry and practical experience in transcriptional regulation of cell differentiation. After getting his PhD in molecular biology at Moscow State University in 2017 he joined the group of Francesco Blasi in IFOM as a postdoc fellow. Currently, he studies phosphorylation of Prep1 transcription factor and its involvement in DNA double-strand break response.

We are supported by 3 extraordinary members who are suggested by the Scientific Director.

Mio Sumie, Marina Properzi, Elena Bauer

Former IPA Board Members

President Vice President Executive Council
2018 Janine Weber Laura Perucho Aznar Monica Testoni
Orso Maria Romano
Valentina Fajner
Ramveer Choudhary
Simone Tamburri
2017 Umberto Restuccia Janine Weber Carmen M. Livi
Chiara Malinverno
Laura Perucho Aznar
Endre Sebestyén
Monica Testoni
Maria Vinciguerra
2016 Chiara Bruckmann Sina Atashpaz Endre Sebestyén
Christopher Bruhn
Carmen Livi
Chiara Malinverno
Maria Vinciguerra
Umberto Restuccia
2015 Christopher Bruhn Barbara Sanavio Aurora Cerutti
Chiara Bruckmann
Divya Purushothaman
Elisabetta Crippa
Federica Alberghini
Ivan Psakhye
2014 Hans-Peter Wollscheid Kerstin Schmitz Yathish Achar
Christopher Bruhn
Salvatore Cortellino
Hiroaki Kajiho
Gema Malet Engra
Gabriele Varano
(voluntarily associated)

Comments of former IPA members


The postdoc association is an essential organ to dynamically gather people of common interests within the postdoc/research life. It can be very useful in terms of education & networking, but also for creativity and motivation, e.g. by inviting people for the Science & Prosecco event or other activities (if there is any budget, of course). Furthermore, it should promote the link between academics and job market through e.g. the grant office, the university, career affair organizations or other institutions.


I can also tell you that being a member of the IPA board was a great experience. I met many motivated people with different backgrounds and all were contributing with ideas, experience, energy and time to improve what the Association could do for all the Ifom post docs. it certainly improved my soft and organizational skills. It has been lovely to work together, and a pot of fun too!


Contributing to IPA taught me how to manage time more efficiently, persuade and compromise during occasionally exhausting rounds of discussion with other team members in order to come to an optimal decision at the end.


I was part of the founder group of the IPA. At the time, we generated the very first version of the Statute, we picked the current name and, unfortunately, I left IFOM to move to the States when the first official elections for the designation of the board members were called. I still remember how happy we were after launching our first Pizza and Beer event, the Science and Prosecco or the initial skill courses. Despite being only small achievements at that time, they represented the first successful attempts of a new born organization, showing that the IPA had the potential to become a growing reality. Unfortunately, my contribution to the IPA was very short and concentrated to the very first months of the association life. However, I’m very happy to see that things are moving and that the association is growing and is now an established, active and recognized component of the campus. You are doing a great work you are doing, keep going.


During the time I spent in IPA, I've been able to expand my skill set, since I've been involved in scientific and social events organization, scientific courses, project management. These have been very educational activities, since I have had the opportunity to enrich and expand my professional background. I also begin to relate with people other than scientists (communication, legal affairs, finance...) to get support to carry out all of these tasks. And last, but not least, I could meet a lot of new people, I got to know many of my peers that I probably would not have met otherwise. I really recommend this experience!

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