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Valentina Marcelli was born in Bergamo, Italy. She studied Biology at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, and Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Rutgers University in New Jersey, USA. She also did her Thesis in Leukemia B-CLL in the Immunology Department at Rutgers University, in the laboratory of Professor Lori Covey, in collaboration with Prof. Roger Strair at the New Jersey Cancer Institute. Afterwards, she gathered experience in Neuroscience by working in the laboratory of Professor Gabriella D’Arcangelo at the Nelson Laboratories in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Rutgers University. Between 2009 to 2014 she worked first in the Department of Toxicology and then the ATI Department at Novartis – Basel. During this time, she contributed extensively to the development of immune assays for drug screening of immunomodulatory drugs modulating macrophage differentiation. Valentina joined the Pelkmans team in May 2015 as Lab Manager.