Monica Gotta, full professor in the Department of Cell Physiology and Metabolism and in the Centre for Translational Research in Onco-Haematology at the UNIGE Faculty of Medicine, has been appointed a member of the EMBO – European Molecular Biology Organisation.
Founded in 1964, EMBO is the leading European learned society in molecular biology. Its aim is to promote research in this field and encourage scientific exchange. With this prestigious life-long EMBO Membership, Prof. Monica Gotta, an SNE Full member, joins a community of excellence that includes more than 2,000 researchers in the life sciences, including 91 Nobel Prize winners. This year sees 60 members and nine associate members elected to the EMBO Membership.
Monica Gotta did her undergraduate studies in Turin, Italy. She then moved to Switzerland and performed her doctoral studies on chromatin organization in the laboratory of Susan Gasser at the Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research (ISREC). She received her PhD from the University of Lausanne in 1997. In 1998 she joined the group of Dr Julie Ahringer at the Welcome CR/UK Gurdon Institute to study the mechanisms of cell polarization and mitotic spindle positioning during asymmetric cell division of the C. elegans embryo. In 2002 she went back to Switzerland as a Swiss National Science Foundation Assistant Professor at the Institute of Biochemistry, ETH, Zurich. In 2008 she became Associate Professor at the Medical Faculty of the University of Geneva. She was promoted to Full Professor in 2014.
The Gotta lab uses the C. elegans embryo and human cells to study the mechanisms of symmetric and asymmetric cell divisions, and how defects in these processes affect the development of an organism. To investigate the principles and molecular pathways underlying cell polarity establishment and (a)symmetric cell divisions, they exploit a combination of genetics, cell biology, biochemistry and mathematical modelling.