Membership benefits

Visiting Fellowships

SIBBM supports short-term research visits to an Italian or foreign laboratory. The aim is to facilitate valuable collaborations with research groups applying techniques that are unavailable in the applicant's laboratory. Eligibility criteria:

  • Ph.D. students with at least two years of experience after their master degree or post-doctoral scientists who have obtained their Ph.D. degree within the last 5 years.
  • The applicant must be a SIBBM member with fully paid fees.

Duration: from 1 to 2 weeks.

Please note that you cannot benefit from a visiting fellowship and a travel grant in the same year.

Fellowship applications should be submitted to the SIBBM Secretary by e-mail at: and will be considered following the calendar deadlines indicated below. The applications will be reviewed for their scientific contents and eligibility criteria by the SIBBM Executive Committee within 15 days after the deadline. The application for Short-Term Fellowships is online only and should be written in English. No hard copies are required. Only complete applications, i.e. including host institute acceptance, will be processed. Receipt of complete applications will be acknowledged via email.

How to apply:

  • provide the name of the head of host laboratory and the name of the host Institution;
  • provide a statement of availability signed by the head of the host laboratory;
  • provide a summary of the research project. The research proposal should be detailed and well-argued and written by the applicant. It should contain a 200-word summary. The detailed research proposal should not exceed 1500 words and should include relevant references to published literature (references do not contribute to the word limit). The research proposal should be sufficiently detailed to allow the evaluators to form a clear idea of the planned work.

Successful applicants will receive up to € 1000 (half prior to departure, and half after submission of the report and the video (see below).

At the end of the visit, the young researcher will provide a brief (max 1 page) report (approved by the head of the host laboratory) of the work carried out during the visit, and will share the experience of being involved in this program with a short video (2-3 min), which should be sent to the SIBBM Secretary.

Call for application for Visiting Fellowship deadlines:
15 January
15 April
15 July
15 October

Visiting Fellowships' Awardees

October 2016

Anna De Vincenzo

PhD Institute of Genetics and Biophysics "ABT", CNR, Naples, Italy

Project: Breast Tumor-Stroma Crosstalk: Development of multi-cellular Breast Tumor Spheroids and their application to 3D-organotypic invasion assay
Stage: Professor Marie Ranson, Illawara Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) University of Wallongong (NSW), AU

April 2016

Emanuela Teveroni

CNR, Istituto di Biologia Cellulare e Neurobiologia, Rome, Italy

Project: Role of estrogen in Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD): set up of an immunofluorescence technique for the detection of the endogenous FSHD candidate gene DUX4, in primary myoblasts
Stage: Prof. Silvere van der Maarel, Department of Human Genetics, Leiden University Medical Center

Luisa De Latouliere

Area of Translational Research, Regina Elena National Cancer Institute, Rome, Italy

Project: Characterization of a transgenic zebrafish model to visualize proliferation in vivo
Stage: Dr. Gianluca Deflorian, Zebrafish Unit, IFOM, Milan, Italy

January 2015

Annalisa Camporeale, Ph.D. student

Department of Genetics, Biology and Biochemistry, Molecular Biotechnology Center, University of Turin

Project: STAT3-mediated regulation of calcium signaling and apoptosis
Stage: Paolo Pinton, Associate Professor and Vice Chair Dept of Morphology, Surgery and Experimental Medicine, Section of Pathology, Oncology and Experimental Biology, University of Ferrara, Italy

Anna Kabanova, post doctoral fellow

Department of Life Sciences, University of Siena, Siena, Italy

Project: High resolution imaging of functional membrane domains on leukemic B cells
Stage: Facundo Batista, PhD, Head, Lymphocyte Interaction Group, London Research Institute, Cancer Research UK, London, UK

Margherita Grasso, post doctoral fellow

RNA Biology and Biotechnology Lab, CIBIO, University of Trento, Italy

Project: Regulation of gene expression in fruit trees
Stage: Jens Sundström, Associate Professor, Department of Plant Biology and Forest genetics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

April 2015

Daniela Gnani, Ph.D. student

Liver Research Unit (Resp. Dr. Alisi), “Bambino Gesù” Children's Hospital and IRCCS, Rome, Italy

Project: Focal Adhesion Kinase dependent regulation of Enhancer of Zeste Homolog 2 in hepatocarcinoma development and progression
Stage: Diego Pasini, Group Leader, Department of Experimental Oncology, European Institute of Oncology, IFOM-IEO Campus, Milan, Italy

July 2015

Luisa Cirillo

Ceinge, Center for Genetic Engineering Advanced Biotechnologies, Naples, Italy

Project: High-throughput screening to identify small compounds that restore p63 function in AEC syndrome
Stage: Prof. A. Mandinova, Cutaneous Biology Research Center (CBRC), Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, USA

Valentina Miano

Bioindustry Park "Silvano Fumero", Colleretto Giacosa (TO), Italy

Project: Analysis of the lncRNA DSCAM-AS1 association with polysome in MCF7 cell linev
Stage: Prof. P. Macchi, Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology Lab, Centre for Integrative Biology, Università degli Studi di Trento, Trento, Italy

October 2015

Emanuele Monteleone

MBC-Molecular Biotechnology Center, University of Turin, Turin, Italy

Project: STAT3-dependent pluripotency control via stem-cell specific lincRNAs
Stage: Prof. P. Pandolfi, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA