Ilaria Piazza received her doctorate from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany and is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the group of Paola Picotti at ETH Zurich. There she focuses on the application of chemoproteomic methods in complex biological systems. Using these technologies, she dissected how small molecules compounds can coordinate the regulation and activity of proteome networks, and drafted a global map of a protein-metabolite interactome that uncovered new allosteric and enzymatic protein functions. Ilaria is continuing her scientific research engineering tools to investigate drug targets in the native cellular environment. With these approaches she aims to identify structural biomarkers to fingerprint healthy conditions and human diseases.
Ilaria Piazza is the recipient of the European Proteomics Association young investigator prize for the year 2018 and of an EMBO long-term fellowship that recognize her research and involvement in the scientific community.