Ad majora, Ciro!

5Today is the last (official) day in the lab for Ciro Bonetti (aka Ciruzzo), one of our senior postdocs. Ciro is leaving to begin a new and exciting adventure at Regeneron. To say that Ciro will be missed is a big understatement and while we are happy for him, he leaves a hole that will be very difficult to fill.

Ciro begun his scientific career in the beautiful city of Naples and, as many Italian aspiring scientists do, came to the US for his postdoctoral training. We have been incredibly lucky to have him in the lab;  during the past six years Ciro contributed to many exciting projects. He was the first to work on lncRNAs in our lab, and thanks to his results we were able to obtain NIH funding. As part of this work he generated four different genetically engineered mouse strains, whose characterization will keep us busy for  years to come.
Together with Joana (another postdoc that soon will start her independent career), Ciro also lead  an exciting project on improving CRISPR-based gene replacement efficiency. This work is nearing completion and hopefully you will hear more about it in the not so distant future on this blog!

In addition to his remarkable scientific accomplishments, Ciro has been a generous and friendly lab member, an outstanding volleyball player, an assiduous concert goer, and a truly nice guy. The sadness of seeing him leave is attenuated by the fact that Ciro will remain in NYC, and we are sure he will not forget his friends and colleagues here at MSKCC.
Ad majora, Ciruzzo!

The beginning

By Andrea Ventura

Today we are launching our new website. Our goal is to give you a sense of what we do in the lab and out of the lab. Here you will find our latest research news, topics that we find interesting, papers for our weekly journal club, and much more…

I want to start with a few pictures I took on the first week of my career as a lab head, back in late 2008. I had done my postdoctoral training in Boston, in the amazing lab of Tyler Jacks at the MIT Center for Cancer Research (now Koch Institute), and the excitement of starting a new adventure was mixed with the fear of having to begin from scratch: hiring my collaborators, unpacking the tools and reagents, and starting an hopefully successful research program. For the first time I realized that I was really on my own!

The next eight years since that initial day have been an amazing adventure. I have been blessed by the trust of so many collaborators who decided to believe in this project and joined what at the time was an empty lab space and a very risky bet. This site is also a way to thank all of them, hoping that the next eight years will be equally exciting and fruitful.

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