Dr. Alessia Baccarini is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. Dr. Baccarini completed her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of” La Sapienza” of Rome, Italy. She got her PhD in Biotechnology at the University of Rome where she studied the function of Yes-associated protein (YAP) in the DNA damage response to cancer. She did part of her doctoral studies at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard Medical School, under the supervision of renowned cancer pathologist, Dr. Massimo Loda. After completing her PhD, Dr. Baccarini started a postdoctoral fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine where she carried out seminal studies into the biology of a newly discovered class of genes, called microRNAs, and their role in cancer. She was subsequently recruited to the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at Mount Sinai as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Baccarini is a recipient of the Paola Campese Award and the prestigious Italian Presidential Medal for her work on microRNA biology.