About Ivana De Domenico

With over seven years of experience in laboratory training and supervision, and more than three years of  experience in clinical laboratories, Ivana de Domenico has established herself as a pioneer of the frontiers of the biological sciences. Qualified to teach molecular biology, cellular biology, microbiology, clinical microbiology, and biotechnology, Italian-born Ivana de Domenico has not only proven herself an accomplished academic and laboratory researcher, but as a travel enthusiast as well.

From the warm beaches of Spain to the steppes of Russia, Dr. De Domenico has  immersed herself in a number of national cultures. But she is more than a globe trotter. Ivana De Domenico tries to fully experience whatever exciting environment she finds herself in,  possessing extensive knowledge of five languages, and familiarity with several more. Ivana has also developed a varied and sophisticated palate, finding enjoyment in a number of diverse cuisines; Ivana De Domenico is particularly fond of Kenyan ugali (cornmeal porridge), and Russian borscht (beet soup).

Extensive as her travel résumé may be, it is with the biological sciences that Ivana de Domenico has found her calling. Ivana De Domenico received her Bachelor of Science in biological science in 2002, graduating Cum Laude from the University of Messina in her native Italy. She has also written an article, “Purification and Characterization of Recombinant Caulobacter Crescentus Cu,Zn Superoxide Dismutase,” that was published in the Biochemica et Biophysica Acata journal, “Proteins and Proteomics”.

After she earned her bachelor’s degree, Ivana De Domenico obtained her license as a clinical laboratory scientist. While still studying as an undergraduate, Dr. De Domenico decided to extend her academic journey, applying to one of the University’s graduate programs., and Ivan De Domenico matriculated into the University of Messina’s cellular, molecular biology, and biotechnology graduate program. The following years saw Ivana De Domenico study in the laboratory of Dr. Giovanni Musci, and she received her Ph.D. in 2005. While enrolled in the University of Messina’s Graduate Program, De Domenico also began to research in the United States, at the University of Utah.  At Utah, De Domenico began observing iron metabolism and its relationship to hepcidin, ferroportin, and ferritin. In time, Dr. De Domenico’s research led to the publication of several papers and articles in the late 2000s including “Serum Ferritin Regulates Blood Vessel Formation: A Role Beyond Iron Storage,” which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

When Ivana De Domenico is not traveling or researching, she enjoys opera, reading, swimming, tennis, and antique shopping.


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