Born in Hamburg Germany, Svend Petersen-Mahrt came to Italy and IFOM in 2011. Head of the DNA Editing in Immunity and Epigenetics laboratory, Svend Petersen-Mahrt researches DNA deaminases.
In high school, Svend Petersen- Mahrt became fascinated with computers and genetics, and combining these interests led him to do a degree in Microbiology, at Texas A&M University. Pursuing an academic career.read more
The DNA in our cells provides the blue-print of our body temporally as well as spatially. Evolution has placed a high premium on keeping this beautiful molecule stable throughout the lifetime of the organism, with DNA instability leading to mutations and genomic alterations, and possibly oncogenesis. Standing in almost direct opposition to this dogma, our laboratory is studying a group of enzymes called DNA deaminases, which induce DNA instability via deaminating dC residues to dU. read more