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Miss Daniella di Mascio MSc

Postgraduate Research Student in DNA–small molecule interactions

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Daniella di Mascio is a Postgraduate Research Student working on the interactions small molecules with DNA within Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Academic qualifications

2017-present: PhD Research Student in Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, UK.
2013-2017: Masters in Biochemistry, University of Southampton, UK.

Research interests

My research focuses on the interaction of novel minor groove binding agents with DNA, with a specific focus on the binding of pyrrolobenzodizipines (PBDs) to DNA. PBDs are a class of naturally occurring molecules and due to their interaction with DNA they have the potential to be used as anti-cancer agents. The PBD core structure can be extensively modified and my research aims to look at how these modifications can influence and improve their interactivity and binding properties with DNA.

Supervisor: Professor Keith Fox
PhD Research: DNA Interactivity with Novel Minor Groove Binding Agents
Funding: Femtogenix

Research group

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

Research project(s)

DNA sequence recognition by small molecules

We are using the footprinting technique with natural and synthetic DNA substrates to study the sequence selectivity of novel DNA binding small molecules.


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Miss Daniella di Mascio
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

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