IFOM IPA: Postdoc Association

IPA, the IFOM Postdoc Association

The IFOM Postdoc Association is an association of all the postdocs working at IFOM.



There are 4 main goals in the spirit of the IFOM Postdoc Association to:

Foster the interaction between postdocs of different labs:

We are not working alone! We share space, resources and knowledge. Connecting with other people is beneficial for both, science and social life.

Organize soft skill courses:

Not only scientific skills count! The scientific career needs other skills that have to be improved: communication, writing, presentation, management and many more!

Provide different perspectives on our future career, as an alternative to becoming a PI:

There's not only one choice for our future! There are many other career possibilities and we need to know them.

Create a network with other postdoc associations all around the world:

We are not isolated from the rest of the world! There are lots of other postdoc communities that we need to interact with to create links, to open our minds and to learn from them.

How we achieve our goals

Activities and Events

We organize and coordinate all kind of events, both scientific and social:

Career development

Soft skill courses in collaboration with the HR office.

Science and Prosecco

Meetings with eminent researchers, persons from international companies and European organizations (every 2 months).

Pizza Talks

Short informal presentations to discuss ongoing research (monthly).

Social events

For all IFOMers, in collaboration with PhD students and the events team.


We are an association for all the postdocs working at IFOM. The association is led by a board made up of 8 volunteers, elected yearly by the postdoc community.

IPA consists of a President, a Vice-President and up to 6 more members of the executive council.

Janine Weber

Simona Polo's Lab

Janine is the board president. She mainly supports the other members in organizing social and scientific events. Coming from a biochemistry and structure biology lab, she is currently a postdoc since 2016, and characterizes E3 ubiquitin ligases to understand their function in autophagy and their role in neurodegeneration and cancer.

Laura Perucho Aznar

Stefano Casola's lab

Laura is the Vice-President. She supports the other members in the organization of social and scientific events. After her studies in chemistry, she focused her research activities on molecular biology and on antibody development. She joined IFOM in 2016 and currently focuses on understanding the role of the B cell receptor (BCR) and the BCR co-receptor CD19 in the maintenance of aggressive MYC-driven B cell lymphomas.

Monica Testoni

Valter Longo's lab

Monica Testoni organizes courses and scientific events with other IPA members. She has an academic background in biological science with a special focus on B cells and lymphomas. In January 2016, she joined the group of Valter Longo in IFOM as a postdoc fellow. Currently, she is characterizing immunological changes during fasting and she will start soon a new project on Huntington’s disease.

Orso Maria Romano

Marco Cosentino-Lagomarsino's lab

Orso is a fresh-elected member of IPA, where he is responsible for the association webpage and collaborates in the organization of the social events. After a Ph.D. at the interface between systems biology and microbiology, last September Orso joined IFOM to start a postdoc in Cosentino-Lagomarsino group. He develops mathematical models to understand the role of cell-to-cell variability in cellular morphogenesis, from bacteria to cancer cells.

Valentina Fajner

Simona Polo's lab

Valentina is part of the team that organizes "Pizza Talks". She is a pharmaceutical biotechnologist with a research background mostly in molecular biology, biochemistry and Drosophila genetics. Her main interest is to study the physiological and pathological role of a new E3 ligase of the dNedd4 family, dHecw, in fruit flies.

Ramveer Choudhary

Marco Foiani's lab

Ramveer is in charge for the presence of IPA on social media. He has first-hand training in DNA-nanotechnology and Drosophila neurobiology during his M.Sc. by research program at NCBS, Bangalore and later moved to IFOM to purse his Ph.D. in molecular oncology using yeast as model system. His current interest is to understand key pathways involved in replication termination in eukaryotes and mechanisms controlling genomic stability under replication stress, both a cause and consequence of cancer development.

Simone Tamburri

Former IPA Board Member 2018

Simone is involved in organizing the Pizza Talk events. He is a pharmaceutical biotechnologist with a background in peptide synthesis, now working on functional proteomic. He is mainly interested in epigenetic regulation events occurring in human cancers.

We are supported by 3 extraordinary members who are suggested by the Scientific Director.

Mio Sumie, Marina Properzi, Elena Bauer

Former IPA Board Members

President Vice President Executive Council
2017 Umberto Restuccia Janine Weber Carmen M. Livi
Chiara Malinverno
Laura Perucho Aznar
Endre Sebestyén
Monica Testoni
Maria Vinciguerra
2016 Chiara Bruckmann Sina Atashpaz Endre Sebestyén
Christopher Bruhn
Carmen Livi
Chiara Malinverno
Maria Vinciguerra
Umberto Restuccia
2015 Christopher Bruhn Barbara Sanavio Aurora Cerutti
Chiara Bruckmann
Divya Purushothaman
Elisabetta Crippa
Federica Alberghini
Ivan Psakhye
2014 Hans-Peter Wollscheid Kerstin Schmitz Yathish Achar
Christopher Bruhn
Salvatore Cortellino
Hiroaki Kajiho
Gema Malet Engra
Gabriele Varano
(voluntarily associated)

Comments of former IPA members


The postdoc association is an essential organ to dynamically gather people of common interests within the postdoc/research life. It can be very useful in terms of education & networking, but also for creativity and motivation, e.g. by inviting people for the Science & Prosecco event or other activities (if there is any budget, of course). Furthermore, it should promote the link between academics and job market through e.g. the grant office, the university, career affair organizations or other institutions.


I can also tell you that being a member of the IPA board was a great experience. I met many motivated people with different backgrounds and all were contributing with ideas, experience, energy and time to improve what the Association could do for all the Ifom post docs. it certainly improved my soft and organizational skills. It has been lovely to work together, and a pot of fun too!


Contributing to IPA taught me how to manage time more efficiently, persuade and compromise during occasionally exhausting rounds of discussion with other team members in order to come to an optimal decision at the end.


I was part of the founder group of the IPA. At the time, we generated the very first version of the Statute, we picked the current name and, unfortunately, I left IFOM to move to the States when the first official elections for the designation of the board members were called. I still remember how happy we were after launching our first Pizza and Beer event, the Science and Prosecco or the initial skill courses. Despite being only small achievements at that time, they represented the first successful attempts of a new born organization, showing that the IPA had the potential to become a growing reality. Unfortunately, my contribution to the IPA was very short and concentrated to the very first months of the association life. However, I’m very happy to see that things are moving and that the association is growing and is now an established, active and recognized component of the campus. You are doing a great work you are doing, keep going.


During the time I spent in IPA, I've been able to expand my skill set, since I've been involved in scientific and social events organization, scientific courses, project management. These have been very educational activities, since I have had the opportunity to enrich and expand my professional background. I also begin to relate with people other than scientists (communication, legal affairs, finance...) to get support to carry out all of these tasks. And last, but not least, I could meet a lot of new people, I got to know many of my peers that I probably would not have met otherwise. I really recommend this experience!

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