Elisabetta Fiacco, a KAUST postdoctoral fellow under the supervision of Assistant Professor Antonio Adamo, was awarded the Best Poster Prize at the Spetses Summer School 2018 on Chromatin and Metabolism. The event, which was organized by the Chromatin-Metabolism Interactions for Healthy Living (ChroMe) Network, was held on the Greek island of Spetses from August 25 to 31, 2018.
The ChroME Network focuses on the nexus between metabolism and chromatin. The event provided an opportunity for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to share their research and network with their peers and principal investigators.
Fiacco’s winning poster detailed her research as part of Adamo’s laboratory for the study of the role of carbohydrate-responsive element binding protein (ChRBP) during the onset and progression of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). She also gave a 15 minute oral presentation on her current research at KAUST.
“The poster that I presented during the Spetses Summer School describes the projects I’m working on. In both, we use human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs), [which] are stem cells generated from differentiated cells—in our case, fibroblasts obtained from skin biopsies—through a technique called reprogramming,” Fiacco explained.
“When I heard that my poster was selected as the best one, I was delighted and proud of my achievement, especially considering the stimulating scientific environment [at the event] with more than 80 participants from top global universities,” she said. “The poster session was beyond my expectations and I was positively surprised to win the best prize.”v