Emanuela Marina Bruscia PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Respiratory)
Dr. Bruscia received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from the University of Tor Vergata in Rome (Italy) in 2002. Since she was
an undergraduate, her research has been dedicated to Cystic Fibrosis. During her
undergraduate studies, she began working in the exciting field of gene therapy.
She spent two years in the laboratory of Dr. Dieter Gruenert at the University of Vermont
(Burlington, VT), where she
worked on non-viral gene therapy strategies. She started her
postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Diane Krause at the Yale
University School of Medicine in 2002. Here, she explored the use of bone
marrow-derived cells as a vehicle for gene therapy in the airway and intestinal
epithelia in murine models for CF. She started a close collaboration with Dr.
Marie Egan, a leader in the field of CF research and Director of the CF center
at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In 2005, Dr. Bruscia was appointed as an Associate
Research Scientist in the Department of Pediatrics at the Yale University
School of Medicine and in 2010 promoted
as an Assistant Professor in the same department.
In the past five years, her research interest has focused on the role of CFTR in the immune system, particularly in macrophages. The current focus of her lab is to explore emerging therapeutic strategies able to target several aspects of CF lung disease, while still proceeding with studies focused on understanding how the lack of CFTR is impairing macrophage function.
Education & Training
- Tor Vergata University in Rome (2002)