Speaker: Associate Professor Luciano Martelotto, Single Cell and Spatial Technologies Lab, Adelaide Centre for Epigenetics, SAiGENCI
Title: Tips and Tricks for Successful Sc/Sn-Genomics Experiments: my notes from the lab
Chair: Associate Professor Joy Rathjen, BHI Scientific Director
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Speaker biography: Associate Professor Luciano Martelotto has recently been appointed Head of the Development Laboratory of the Adelaide Centre for Epigenetics (ACE), South Australia ImmunoGENomics Cancer Institute (SAiGENCI). Prior to joining ACE/SAiGENCI, he was the Scientific Director of the Single Cell Laboratory at Harvard Medical School, Department of Systems Biology, Harvard University (USA). During his role at the Single Cell Lab at HMS he led a team of technology specialist in charge of developing, implementing, and offering methods of single-cell profiling to build a bridge between researchers and single-cell technologies in their quest to understand how cells collectively perform systems-level functions in healthy and diseased states.
He is also the Chief Technology Officer and member of the Advisory Board of OmniScope, a European biotechnology company that uses a universal diagnostic tool – for which Luciano has been key in its development, that scans the immune system through a simple and non-invasive clinical test to broadly detect diseases at the earliest stages. He is also a Technology Advisor for Paragon Genomics (USA), Honeycomb Bio (USA) and recently appointed Scientific Advisor of the Single Cell Laboratory at Harvard Medical School.
Luciano has a robust interdisciplinary scientific background, specialising in molecular biology and biochemistry with a strong background in technology and engineering. He is originally a cell and molecular biologist with a degree in Biotechnology, a PhD in Biological Sciences and Post-doctoral training in cancer genomics and single cell sequencing technologies. His diverse scientific background stems from working in a wide range of fields – plants genetics, microbiology, cancer biology and genomics – and has shaped my ambition and capacity to learn, create, develop, and apply technologies that cross multiple disciplines. The common thread woven throughout his career path has been the focus on converging ideas from various sciences and taking this ideology to develop or refine approaches to address challenges in real life settings and ultimately contribute to improving lives through technological advancements.
His Single cell and Spatial-omics lab at ACE/SAiGENCI will be a dedicated incubator for the development and early-stage evaluation of new single cell, spatial and genomics tools and methodologies. It will serve as a creative hub for generating new technologies, protocol development, equipment evaluation and informatics tool development/integration. The focus of this lab and team (the Innovation team) will constantly evolve due to the fast-paced advancement of the genomics field, but the focus will remain on developing technologies that have the potential to advance research and its practical application for the wider scientific community. It will be highly collaborative technology-based hub that delivers on sought out technical and intellectual support during all stages of experimentation, such as (but not limited to) planning, design, execution, and interpretation. His lab will work as a one stop shop for collaborators willing to access novel tech, get technical and developmental support, and troubleshooting.