Dr Troiani is a young oncologist, highly motivated, and clearly committed to clinical and translational research and an academic career. In fact, after completing her medical school studies, she was awarded a Fellowship in Oncology at the “Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II”. She decided to join the laboratory of Prof. Ciardiello and Prof. Tortora.
Dr Troiani has worked in their laboratory since 1998, studying the role of growth factors and their receptors in neoplastic transformation and the novel therapeutic strategies targeting growth factor receptor signalling.
Her long-term interest is translational oncology, developing new therapeutic strategies and initiating clinical trials. Therefore, Dr Troiani decided to join Dr Gail Eckhardt’s group and train in this area. She worked with Dr Eckhardt for two years and together they published several papers in international journals. After that experience, Dr Troiani moved back to Naples, where she has continued to work with Prof. Ciardiello at the Second University of Naples.
She has run a series of translational research projects, with both clinical and basic science investigational arms, at an academic medical centre. During her career, she has learnt that to fight cancer is a big challenge and only by connecting the preclinical with the clinical work is it possible to make one piece of the wider puzzle.